Maui Wedding Entertainment and Hawaiian Wedding Customs

Maui Wedding Entertainment and Hawaiian Wedding Customs

Maui wedding musician Pia Ululi plays ukulele while he performs at a Maui wedding ceremony.A destination wedding on Maui offers unique musical entertainment opportunities. A Hawaiian wedding is less traditional, more casual and spiritual, often reflected in Hawaiian wedding music. Guests are more likely to hear the tender, lilting tune of “The Hawaiian Wedding Song” (Ke Kali Nei Au) than the somber “Wedding March”.

Also popular is the sentimental favorite “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”, popularized by the Hawaiian ukulele player and singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. As the title implies, this Hawaiian classic interweaves these timeless songs to create a musical treasure. How symbolic of a wedding, where two become one. When performed live to the accompaniment of a single guitar, the song evokes images of rainbows sparkling in the Maui sky. The beauty and simplicity of the music is the perfect match for the setting at an ocean view wedding.

In addition to performing this song for the processional or Maui wedding music performance at a Maui beach wedding location (Makena Beach Wedding).recessional, Maui wedding officiates start the ceremony with a Hawaiian chant, or “oli”. An oli (oh-lee) is a chant done in a singing style with a cadence and inflection that are mesmerizing, bringing a group together as one. The oli is a customary Hawaiian way of welcoming a gathering of people, particularly if the guests have been greeted by a hula dancer and lei giver.

Another Hawaiian custom observes the blowing of the conch shell. Since the days of old, Hawaiians have blown the conch shell to signify the beginning of a ceremony. As different member of the bridal party begin to walk down the aisle, the sound of the conch is customized. For example, a flower girl enters to a different sound than a bride.

With all this aloha, it is imperative guests be able to hear the officiate clearly. This can be a challenge at a beach wedding. The crashing of the waves and the rush of the wind are lovely sounds that unfortunately make it harder to hear voices, requiring knowledgable sound system providers who can easily overcome this challenge by providing a state-of-the-art sound system. When a microphone is connected to the minister, guests can hear what they came to hear: The minister’s song and chant, the ceremony, and the couple’s vows. Comfort Zone Maui Wedding Planning supplies officiates and entertainment vendors’ who work togethor to provide you and your guests superb sound for your Maui wedding.

Maui wedding DJ with sound equipment setup at Maui oceanfront wedding.

The reception music is the key to creating an evening everyone will talk about for years to come Maui is home to some of the world’s premier entertainers. We recommend these Maui Wedding Planning Tips to select a Maui Wedding Entertainer:

  • If using a DJ, verify the DJ will have a huge library of music and can obtain virtually anything, even uncommon pieces
  • If using a DJ, select a DJ who works closely with the bride and groom to customize their reception music
  • Work with an entertainer who encourages the couple to select what they want – not what others think they should choose
  • Select a provider who supplies online wedding tools (event planners, timelines, music database) to help plan one of the most memorable days in the newlyweds’ lives
  • Use only entertainers or DJs who provide state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment
  • Most important, make sure your Maui Wedding Entertainer has the personality to GET THE PARTY STARTED!

By far, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World” is likely to be the most requested song. In this land of rainbows, it works well not only as a processional or recessional at the wedding but also as a first dance for the bride and groom. Currently, contemporary Hawaiian music is very popular at Maui wedding receptions. Local groups like Ten Feet (with their island remake of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”) and Ekolu are heavily requested. Another crowd-pleaser is classic funk music like “Brickhouse” by the Commodores and “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry.

After becoming very popular over the years, slide shows frequently accompany Maui wedding entertainment A collage of pictures from childhood through engagement takes everyone on an emotional journey with the bride and groom! The couple emails the pictures ahead of time to the entertainer, who sets them up as a slide show and provides the projector and screen. The couple also gets to choose the music for the slide show to make it all the more meaningful!

Traditional Hawaiian Weddings:

For Complete Hawaiian Wedding experience, a luau-style rehearsal dinner is the way to go. In addition to providing ono (delicious) food, The Comfor Zone Maui Wedding Planning is able to provide a Polynesian show that can be customized to the bride and groom’s tastes and budget. A traditional Hawaiian wedding starts with the blowing of the conch and the chanting of an oli. Then guests enjoy being serenaded by the Hawaiian ukulele players and guitarists who accompany swaying hula dancers. For added thrills, a fire knife dancer performs his daring routine. To give the guests a chance to participate, there are cultural arts and crafts like lei making as well as cultural games like spear throwing. What a once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experience!

And the entertainment, particularly the music, is what many guests remember about a wedding. The music is the soundtrack for the bride and groom’s memories of their special day. Having the right musical professionals ensures a soundtrack that is unique to the newlyweds and their Maui wedding.

Contact Chef Christian at the Comfort Zone to Start Planning Your Maui Wedding.


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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.

Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit