Ministers and Officiants
I have traveled most of my life to foreign countries and to different states of the US, but Hawaii has always been my home. I am of Native Hawaiian descent and my family is from Moloka’i, Hawai’i, but because I had travelled so much growing up I assimilated myself with the host culture of that particular place. So, as I grew older I had a strong desire to learn more about myself and what it means to be Hawaiian. When I came back to Hawai’i I immersed myself in the learning of my own culture. As time passed I began to progress in a few of the arts of my people such as hula (dance), mele (song), oli (chant), and various other na mea o Hawai’i.
All of my life experience and my passions have set me on a path to share my culture with others and to become a person that is in balance with the world. As I progress forward in my life’s’ journey I take with me the teachings of my people, remembering that we must look to the past so that we can face the future. I continue to learn and progress myself as a Native Hawaiian and most importantly as a human being of this Earth. With love and respect,
– Kahu Ka’alekahi
Vene is a cultural practitioner whose Hawaiian roots touch everyone he meets. An important figure in Hawaiian Fishpond restoration and master of the sailing canoe (wa’a), Vene truly embodies the Aloha Spirit.
2011 – Present: HOE – Hawaiian Outrigger Experience
Co-Founder / Part Owner
2012 – Present: Fleetwood’s on Front St. Restaurant – Cultural Advisor
2014 – Present: Manuteanuie Entertainment/Productions
Wedding Officiant / Event Hosts
Performing weddings, coconut husking demonstrations, poi pounding demonstrations, and sharing Hawaiian culture with performances of chants and songs.
2015 – Present: Maui Ocean Center
Host / Guest Speaker
2014- Documentary Film: Breath of Life
2016 Movie: Kuleana-Actor
Reverend Kekoa Yap
Aloha! I am Reverend Kekoa Yap and I am a native Hawaiian, a Kumu Hula (teacher of hula), and chanter…. Welcome!
As an ordained minister, I offer authentic Hawaiian wedding ceremonies complete with Hawaiian blessings and oli (chant), as well as traditional and other non-denominational ceremonies, such as blessings for a new business or home.
I am also available for vow renewals and commitment ceremonies of any kind, for which the Hawaiian tradition is especially appropriate.
My weddings have been featured in Pacific Rim Wedding Magazine.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Reverend Kekoa Yap
Kāhea in the Hawaiian language dictionary by Pukui and Elbert is “to call, to cry out, invoke, greet, name …; to summon, a call, alarm.” Life for me has been a progression of calls and summons from the Creator who lives in each of us, from Akua – from God. When a person responds with a ʻyes” to a kāhea, then he should accept the kuleana or responsibilities that are inherent with it. Briefly, these are the kāhea I have responded to over my lifetime:
Seminarian for 6 years – St. Stephenʻs Seminary, Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi
Juvenile Detention Officer 1 ½ years, State of Hawaiʻi
Federal Agent for 33 years – DEA, U.S. Customs, ICE
Police Commission Investigator for 8 years – Honolulu Police Commission
Kumu Hula for 14 years – Hālau Hula Keliʻi Puʻukū O Ke Ao
Ordained Minister & Licensed Marriage Celebrant in the State of Hawaiʻi
Conduit for Blessings, Cleansings, Healings
Throughout my law enforcement career, I served my people – the world with aloha, with love. It was no accident nor contradiction that I embraced the hula and practiced it with the mana or divine energy within, and with the hā or chosen breath of life. The series of kāhea then started. First with a request from a family member, friend, or colleague to say grace or pule for gatherings of people before a meal; then home and office blessings, cleansings, healings, rites of commital and marriage celebration. I asked often, “Why me?” and the response in different forms basically came back, “Why not?” Thus the kāhea and my kuleana once I said yes.
I believe in God and that there is God – in His image in every person. I believe that we should love or aloha one another (remember the greatest commandment?). I believe that there are many paths to God, whom we call by different names. I say all this because this is who I am as a kahu and celebrant – very important to know and understand for those seeking a sacred path,
as in marriage.
With mana and hā I relate to the land, the ʻāina and all its people in the warmth of Aloha. I conduct ceremonies within the parameters of traditional Hawaiian protocols, using ti leaves,
Hawaiian salt, special water, the sounds of hula and most importantly, oli (chants) that
communicate with God, with the forces of nature, with generations that have passed and with
generations to come.
I conclude by saying that I am but a conduit for Akua. It is not my power but His. I have been informed that I am helped in sacred endeavors and healings with the wonderful grace, light and sword of the Archangel Michael. Why me? Why not?
Mahalo Ke Akua and Blessings to us all.
DENNIS CHONG‐IMAMURA – Oahu Officiant
We’re excited to have Kanani Enos joining us. Details will be posted soon.