“Aloha No Au Ia ‘Oe,” (Hana, Maui, Hawai’i). August 16, 2003. Digital Image. Privately held by Elizabeth O’Neal, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Santa Barbara, California, 2008.
Five years ago today, I married my sweetie.
It was a beautiful, Hawaiian summer day. There was a light rain in the morning, which was good. The Hawaiian people consider it to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day.
We were married among a small gathering of family on the porch of a lovely, private plantation house in Hana, Maui.
It was quiet and calm and perfect.
Over the past five years, we’ve encountered the typical highs and lows of marriage… as well as a few that were unexpected. But we’re still together, still strong, still in love, and we’ve been blessed with a sweet, wonderful daughter.
E hoomau maua kealoha.
Hau`oli la Ho’omana’o = Happy Anniversary.
Aloha No Au Ia ‘Oe = I truly love you.
E hoomau maua kealoha = May our love last forever.