In Hawaii, in the memory of the islands and their wedding ceremonies, the Lei has been a traditional MAKANA - a gift exchanged between bride and groom.
LEI ALOHA - Necklaces of Love - are offered and accepted open-heartedly as they give of their beauty.
The lei is a symbol of love, it is also a symbol of things fragile and temporary. A lei will last for only a day or two and then it is gone. Our lives are like the lei within the span of eternity. We are here in this life for only a brief moment, therefore live with tender consideration for each; love one another; and your marriage will last.
These Lei's are a promise that no matter how far apart you that you are not forgotten and a reminder that you are always in their hearts and prayers.
May the leis you now offer each other be recognized for the intensity of your love for one another.
To symbolize their "aloha", GROOM and BRIDE will exchange leis to demonstrate their love and devotion to one another. It is customary to give a kiss on each cheek after presenting the lei to your beloved.
GROOM, please present the lei to BRIDE and repeat after me, in Hawaiian: Lei no, au ko, aloha... Please wear my love like a beautiful lei.
BRIDE, please present the lei to GROOM and repeat after me, in Hawaiian: Lei no, au ko, aloha... Please wear my love like a beautiful lei.
GROOM and BRIDE, as your Aloha for one another, may these Lei's embrace your thoughts, your senses and your hearts.