Hau`oli la Ho’omana’o: Eight Years Today

Eight 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.

You might say that we eloped.

Over the past eight years, we’ve encountered the usual highs and lows of marriage… as well as a few that were unexpected. But we’re still together, 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.
E hoomau maua kealoha = May our love last forever.

UPDATE: In looking at the picture again, I wanted to mention that ALL the floral arrangements you see were handmade by my cousin, her daughters, and myself. We stayed up late the night before the wedding assembling the leis and the bridal bouquet. My cousin and I are both daughters of florists; I did NOT inherit any of that talent, but thankfully, my cousin did. She has made some beautiful leis and bouquets for various weddings and events.

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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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  1. Congrats, Elizabeth to you and hubby!! Many more to come.

  2. Happy Anniversary to you Elizabeth. What a wonderful location to get married and may you have many more years to celebrate this date.

  3. Happy Anniversary. 2002 was the Honeymoon I always wanted. I have been happily married for 39 years to my best friend in life. He took me to Maui then and HANA was beautiful! 2004 he took me to Honolulu. The beauty just wasn’t there like Maui. Next October hes taking me back to Paradise for our 40th. I cant wait!

  4. Congratulations! What a beautiful and romantic place to be married. May you return there many times to come.

  5. Happy anniversary! What a beautiful wedding photo. Enjoy the day!

  6. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband.

  7. Happy Anniversary! It’s nice to start married life off in a beautiful setting; we honeymooned in Scotland. Next year will be our 30th; maybe we’ll go back!

  8. Hey, Elizabeth! Happy Anniversary! Speaking of marriage, I just wanted to let you know that you were so right two years ago when my engagement was called off and you said that everything would turn out for the best. To make a long story short, my fiance and I basically started our relationship from scratch and got married this summer. Our relationship is 100% more solid and, looking back on it, I can’t imagine having gotten married at any other time in our lives than right now. You were totally right!

  9. Happy anniversary to you both, Elizabeth!

  10. What a beautiful couple in a beautiful setting. Happy anniversary!

  11. Happy anniversary!

    (And that photo says it all. Someday your great-grandchild will blog about that fabulous photo of her great-grandparents on their wedding day)

  12. Happy anniversary! I love that photo. You make a beautiful bride!

  13. Thanks so much for the good wishes, everybody! I can hardly believe it’s been 8 years already… but then, I’m also trying to deal with my daughter turning 5 and starting Kindergarten, and 10 years since my mom passed, so it’s turning out to be a sticky summer, emotionally!!

    @Kerry, I think that “look” from my husband is, “You’re going to be difficult, aren’t you?” He hasn’t been disappointed in that respect. Do you think there will still be blogging by the time I have great-grandchildren? Kind of a scary thought that they might be writing about ME!

    @Jennifer, I’m SO glad things worked out for you and your now-husband! Sometimes, it’s just not the right time in our lives for something. Happy to hear that you guys stuck it out and got on track! May you both have many happy anniversaries to come!

    @Path Traveled, Maui certainly is a paradise. I almost moved there about 10 years ago (I have family there)… but got married instead. 😉 I hope you guys make it back for #40. I’ve also heard that Kauai is amazing, but haven’t been there myself (yet).

    @Greta, Scotland?? I sooo want to go there! Maybe we’ll make it for #10?!

  14. Happy anniversary a day late, Elizabeth! What a beautiful photo of the two of you in such a gorgeous place! I loved Maui and Hana. And yes, Kauai is amazing!

  15. Happy Anniversary, and I wish you many more happy years together. P.S. Your wedding photo is beautiful!

  16. Happy Anniversary!


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