A Day in the Life of a Hawaiian Wedding Musician; A blog entry from one of our Hawaiian Musicians…
So there I was…back on Oahu after my Hawaii Hula Company gig on Maui, gearing up for my engagement with a wedding couple in Waikiki. I just love singing for weddings! Everyone is so happy, love is in the air, and many eyes are misty with joyful smiles. My eyes often get misty and I have to remind myself that Iʻm working! What a contrast! because thats really why its called “playing” music!
After the work it takes to rehearse and learn those special love songs, like the Hawaiian Wedding Song, we play like its no work at all! And actually… by the time we rehearse our Hawaiian Love Songs to perfection, it never appears to be work! Go figure!
I usually perform with my guitar in Hawaiian Style Slack Key, but this time the wedding couple requested that their Hawaiian Wedding Musician perform with an Ukulele. Not a problem for me, because the Ukulele was one of my first instruments. Thing is… after returning to Oahu, I suddenly remembered that my Ukulele was still on Maui! Luckily, I was able to borrow my granddaughters Ukulele and all was well in my world again. Mahalo nui granddaughter!
It was a typical busy Waikiki day with traffic lights, road work, lots of people, parking… then I finally arrived at the wedding location selected by the bride and groom.
It was a sweet private family affair. The wedding couple had chosen a lovely alcove away from the hustle bustle, under a lovely bower of colorful bougainvillea. Family members present, photographer present, officiant arrives, all is in place. Special songs for a special day…Hawaiian Wedding Music begins.
With anticipation we all wait for the arrival of the bride and grooms sweet flower girl. She was just adorable as she accentuated the walkway with her flower petals, leading the way in for the bride, and taking her place with the bridal party.
My song selections included the traditional Hawaiian Wedding Song entitled Ke Kali Nei Au, a most appropriate processional for the bride. Some of the other songs played included:
E Maliu Mai, e Kuʻu Ipo – Listen To My Call, My Sweetheart.
White Sandy Beach.
A Song of Old Hawaiʻi.
I’ll Weave a Lei of Stars for You.
A beautiful couple, beaming with love for one another. What a wonderful afternoon!