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Your Maui Hawaii Wedding Team

About Arabelle

ArabelleArabelle was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. She studied the law and English at the University of Hamburg before visiting Maui for the very first time in 1993. Here she fell in love with the island and met her Californian husband who she married in 1995. Standing barefoot in the warm sand, listening to the crashing waves and Hawaiian music while saying her “ I Do’s” made her want to share this romantic and unique experience with as many people as she could, thereby founding her wedding company Ancient Hawaiian Weddings. She simultaneously caters to the European couples with her German division "Hawaii Lei Hochzeit". Being a part of such an important moment in every couples lives is a huge honor for her and although she has planned thousands of weddings since she started so many years ago, she still finds each and every wedding exciting and touching, pouring her heart and energy into every couples dream and making it a reality.

About Ancient Hawaiian Weddings

We specialize in traditional Hawaiian Weddings to bring you a part of these Islands that not many will be able to experience. Our Hawaiian Ohana includes our Hawaii ministers and musicians, lovely dancers and chanters, our skilled florists, photographers and videographers who are all awaiting your arrival. And so are the white sandy beaches, lush tropical garden settings, charming Hawaii churches, immaculate hotel grounds, pristine private Maui estates, world class Hawaii golf courses, breathtaking cliffs and waterfalls, majestic mountains and all the peaceful settings Maui has to offer.

It is our privilege at Ancient Hawaiian Weddings to help you create the Hawaii wedding of your dreams. We will work very closely with you on every aspect of your ceremony and reception. We understand and respect that every wedding couple is unique and therefore has their own vision. As a premiere Hawaii Wedding Planning service since 1995, we will make sure that your ideas and wishes for your Hawaii Wedding become a reality.

We are so looking forward to sharing the ALOHA spirit with you.
Me ke Aloha Pumehana Maui

Until we meet on Maui
Arabelle Bottorff
- Owner -

Meet your Hawaiian Ohana

Ohana means "family" in Hawaiian. These are our Hawaiian ministers, musicians, Hula dancers, conch shell blowers, Hawaiian chanters and torch bearers, florists, photographers, videographers, caterers and limousine drivers that we have worked with from early on and who will make you part of their "ohana" or extended family. This great group of people will ensure that your Maui Wedding becomes the Wedding of your Dreams.

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Maui Ministers

KaahumanuPastor Laki Pomakai Kaahumanu was born and raised on the island of Maui. His lineage is of Royal decent as Queen Kaahumanu, wife of the great King Kamehameha, was his great great grandmother. She brought Christianity to her people in the 1820's. Laki has followed in her footsteps, becoming the minister of Harvest Chapel Church of God in 1992 and the founder of Church on the Go. Having adopted 16 children and caring for the poor and not so fortunate, Laki is well known all over Maui for his open heart, helping hand and great sense of humor. It is truly an honor to be married by this spiritual leader who has brought so much happiness to our Ohana (family) and will make you a part of his. To Laki his Hawaiian heritage is at the core of his heart which is why he likes to share his Hawaiian traditions and ceremonies with you.

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KaahumanuValentine "Tino" Rosete was born and raised on the beautiful island of Maui. Tino was ordained through New Passion Ministries and has been doing weddings on Maui since 2001. Though he has married countless happy couple, he continues to treat every new ceremony as a new chance to pour his sincerity and passion into every word he speaks. Tino feels truly blessed to do what he does, and he derives no greater pleasure than in the sharing of his faith and his Aloha spirit.

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KaahumanuReverend Robert (Kuya) Alamodin was born in the Philippines. His upbringing was framed by traditional Catholic practices and service to the Filipino community. The former altar boy may have never found his calling as a wedding officiant if it had not been for his attempt at returning to his roots and his search for a more inclusive spirituality. On his way back to the Philippines, a stopover in Hawaii in the 1980 changed everything. Reverend Roberto has also worked for the Ark of Maui as an attendant of special needs. As a Hospice volunteer and member of Doorway Into Light, his fondest calling is tending to those approaching life's greatest transition with compassion and dignity. Ordained by the Universal Life Church, Robert's non-denominational, interfaith wedding ceremony fuses traditional Hawaiian elements with Christian and Universal Spiritual Principles.

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KaahumanuReverend Ernest Puaa was born on Oahu and raised on the friendly island of Moloka'i before moving to Maui in the late 70's. In the early years of his life, his father, an accomplished slack key guitarist, taught him how to play the guitar; while his mother taught him to sing. Hawaiian music has therefore always been a big part of his life. AKA "Da Barefoot Warrior" he has been one of the most sought after musicians on Maui, playing for many wedding couples and in many different venues. Reverends Pastor Laki Kaahumanu encouraged him to become an officiate and ordained him. Ernest Puaa is a wonderful, and kind hearted person, a God loving human being and well known for his caring manner. He finds joy in sharing his love and Aloha spirit with so many different kinds of people.What a blessing to be married by this truly Hawaiian spiritual man who finds pleasure in knowing that he is doing exactly what he was put on this earth for.

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KahuReverend Kahu Kale Ka'alekahi was born in Hawaii in 1985 and is the youngest of our Hawaiian Ohana. He has traveled the world, but Hawaii has always been his home. He is of Native Hawaiian descent with his family being from Moloka'i. Traveling so much growing up, he assimilated himself with the host culture of that particular place. As he grew older, he had a strong desire to learn more about himself and what it means to be Hawaiian. Coming back to Hawai'i after all of his travels, he immersed himself in the learning of his own culture. As time passed, he began to progress in a few of the arts of his people such as hula (dance), mele (song), oli (chant), and various other na mea o Hawai'i. All of his life experiences and passions have set him on a path to share his culture with others and to become a person that is in balance with the world. As he progresses forward in his life’s’ journey he takes with him the teachings of his people, remembering that we must look to the past so that we can face the future. He continues to learn and progress as a Native Hawaiian and most importantly as a human being of this Earth.

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Kaahumanu Reverend Keli'i Brown was born in lush and beautiful Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai'i and raised on the Leeward Coast of O'ahu.  He grew up not only learning and understanding but more so appreciating Hawaiian traditions and customs.  He revels in the opportunity to marry couples on his chosen island home of Maui.  "There is a reason why people choose Hawaii and specifically Maui to wed," Rev, Keli'i states.  "Yes, our island provides a spectacular backdrop and first-class services, but I believe it is our world renown "aloha" that draws people here for their special day."  And that is exactly what will draw you to this fun loving, warm and truly educated Hawaiian minister who enjoys sharing his very spirit of aloha with "malihini" or visitors.  His specialty, and favorite, is his Hawaiian Ceremony (though he performs all types). Reverend Keli'i looks forward to making your day as special as you deserve it to be.

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Kimo Kirkman Kimo Kirkman. James Kimo Kirkman's family is originally from Scotland, his last name comes from "Churchman" which means "people of the church". He has lived all over the world in Germany, Korea and Japan but truly feels at home on Maui. He moved to this beautiful place in 2000 when he met Pastor Laki Kaahumanu who married him. Kimo is now an Associate Pastor at the Harvest Chapel, Church of God, serving under Pastor Laki Kaahumanu. He feels very blessed to be a part of each couples special day and shares the Aloha spirit with everyone. His relaxed, happy and Hawaiian style will make you feel very comfortable and taken care of.

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Richardo Hanakoo Richardo Hanakoo.  Richardo Hanakoo was born and raised in an orphanage in Indonesia and educated by the Dutch. He is a Conzega University graduate and was involved with orphanage charities in South America and Indonesia most of his life. His spiritual journey started from the days of the discipline in the orphanage as a Jesuit student to that magical discovery of the greatness of the spiritual universe. It has given him the wonderful opportunities to help many with their own spiritual beginnings. Richardo came to Maui in 1995, right away felt the glory of paradise and realized that he has come home. He is a non-denominational minister and has a way of embracing and touching everybody with that joy and Aloha. He feels that the magical moment of your wedding ceremony must be a memory to last a life time.

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Maui Vendors who work with us

Our Photographers

www.yolandaphoto.com
www.francoisphoto.com
www.marbelle.com
www.hanneruhnauphotography.com
www.mauiprofessionalphotography.com
www.kristinmillsphotography.com 
www.stevestrandphotography.com

Our Cinematographers

www.invisionmauiproductions.com
www.livemauiwebcast.com
www.marbelle.com
www.mauiweddingfilms.net
www.yourwebcast.com
www.harringtonweddingvideo.com

Our Florists

www.hawaiileihochzeit.com
www.mauifloraldesign.com
www.dellables.com

Our Cakes

www.mauiweddingcakes.com