“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.

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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.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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