- Aloha, Mr. Steele 7/8
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
- From: "SusanRS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Aloha, Mr. Steele
- Chapter seven
- Remington checked his watch. He
hoped everything was okay. What could she want to talk to Daniel
about? He sent Kai to check on them. When Kai reached the doors
to the hotel, Laura and Daniel were just coming out.
- "Are you ready, Laura?"
- "Yes, I am," Laura said
and then added, "Mr. Chalmers will be walking me down the
- Kai motioned for Laura and Daniel
to remove their shoes and place them with the other guest's shoes.
For a woman who loved wearing three-inch heels, Laura had never
imagined that she and Mr. Steele would be getting married barefoot.
Laura and Daniel walked to the spot behind a few palm trees and
waited for the ceremony to begin. She couldn't wait to see the
look on Remington's face when he saw her.
- Laura tried to calm her nerves.
She certainly wasn't nervous about marrying him. She knew, without
a doubt, that he was the only man for her. What she was feeling
was giddy and excited. Excited to become the wife of the most
incredible man she had ever met. Excited to begin the next chapter
of their life together and add to the many crazy and wonderful
memories they already shared. Excited to stand before him in
front of their friends and family and profess the love she had
- Kai signaled for the ceremony to
begin. A Hawaiian man dressed in traditional attire blew into
a conch shell three times and then bellowed a traditional Hawaiian
- "*This is it!*" Laura
- A trio of musicians dressed in brightly
colored floral print shirts began to play their ukuleles. They
sang the Hawaiian words to a love song in perfect harmony as
Laura and Daniel proceeded down the beach. The music was beautiful.
- Eia au ke kali nei
- Aia la i hea ku'u aloha
- Eia au ke huli nei
- A loa`a `oe e ka ipo
- Maha ka `i`ini a ka pu`uwai
- Ua sila pa`a `ia me `oe
- Ko aloha makamae e ipo
- Ka`u ia e lei a`e nei la
- Nou no ka `i`ini (nou ka `i`ini)
A nou wale no (wale no)
- A o ko aloha ka`u e hi`ipoi mau
- Laura tried to commit everything
to memory; the sound of the enchanting music, the feel of the
sand between her toes, the smell and sound of the ocean, the
warmth of the sun and especially the look on his face.
- Remington was standing inside a
large, abundant circle of beautiful fresh flowers in the sand
near the waters edge. The minister dressed in traditional Hawaiian
attire stood next to him in the circle. Remington's heart leapt
when he saw Laura walking down the beach towards him. He was
touched by the fact that she was escorted by Daniel.
- Laura looked so beautiful in her
flowing white dress. The sun kissed her freckled skin and the
ocean breeze gently blew her curly locks. Remington smiled at
the realization that this incredible woman was about to become
- Remington looked so handsome in
his tan chinos and white-on-white Hawaiian print shirt, unbuttoned
just enough to reveal his abundant chest hair. Laura didn't want
to take her eyes off of him. But, for a brief moment, she glanced
over and saw her wedding guests. It was obvious that Abigail,
Frances and Mildred were already crying.
- Remington and Laura were both oblivious
to the photographer who was stealthily taking pictures to capture
this beautiful moment.
- Laura and Daniel reached the wedding
party. Daniel kissed Laura on the cheek before taking his place
next to Abigail. Remington reached out and took Laura's hand,
leading her into the thick wreath of flowers. She looked into
his azure blue eyes as a single tear fell onto his cheek. Laura
reached up to brush it away. Remington smiled at her.
- "You look so beautiful,"
he said softly.
- "So do you," she replied
- "I love you," Remington
said and leaned in to give her a kiss. When their lips parted,
he turned to the minister and said, "Sorry, I just couldn't
wait until the end to kiss her."
- The minister smiled. "This
is one of the things that makes a Hawaiian wedding special,"
he said. "We don't wait for the end of the ceremony to start
the kissing. Throughout the ceremony feel free to hold hands,
embrace and share a kiss."
- Remington smiled and reached over
to pull Laura close to him.
- The minister started the ceremony.
"Guests, you may be seated." He turned to the bride
and groom. "Remington and Laura, congratulations on your
marriage," he began. "You have chosen one of the most
beautiful places in the world to be married. But we are celebrating
a different kind of beauty today--your love."
- "A Hawaiian wedding often begins
with the exchange of leis. This is done for several different
reasons. One is that the lei is a circle, like the rings that
will soon be exchanged, representing the eternal commitment and
unbroken devotion of your hearts to each other. Also, each individual
flower that is woven into the lei loses none of its individual
beauty when it forms the circle. Its beauty is enhanced. Likewise,
in your marriage, you do not lose any of your individual identity
and unique beauty. In fact, because of the nurturing care and
support of your relationship, you become even more of that special
individual your partner fell in love with."
- The minister handed a lei to Remington.
- "Remington, please place this
lei around the neck of your bride, and as you do so please give
her a kiss."
- Remington carefully placed the tuberose
lei around Laura's neck and gave her a soft kiss on the lips.
- "And Laura, place this lei
around the neck of your beloved with a kiss," the minister
- Laura stood on tiptoes to place
the tuberose and maile lei twist over Remington's head and onto
his neck. Then she kissed him gently on the lips.
- The minister continued. "The
Hawaiians have always had a sensitivity to the sacredness of
special times and places. At the end of this service I will use
a lava rock and Ti leaf to perform a Hawaiian blessing that commemorates
this precious moment and sacred union."
- "There is an additional significance
as well. We see only the surface of the A'ina, the land. It is
below, unseen, where the depth of the land abides. So also, we
see and respect the outer expression of your relationship together.
Only the two of you know the true and unseen depth of your inner
- "This can also be compared
to the beauty of the Pacific Ocean surrounding us here on the
island of Maui, which you have chosen as the backdrop to your
ceremony. We see constant changes on the surface of the sea.
It is below, and unseen, where the life of the ocean resides."
- "You will face constant change
in the outer obligations of your life, while drawing from within
yourself and your partner that rich and powerful inner spiritual
strength that the Hawaiians call Mana. Allow your partner to
be true to that inner life purpose and power."
- "And if we speak of land and
ocean, let's include as well the beauty of the mountains that
surround us. Telescopes are looking outward and upward from the
summit of Haleakala, making new discoveries there every day.
Your marriage is not only about inner depth and strength. It
is also a looking outward to the accomplishment of hopes, dreams
and aspirations. One of those dreams is being fulfilled at this
very moment. Continue to reach out, not only for your own personal
satisfaction but for the uplifting of your Ohana, that circle
of family, friends and community that will be enriched by your
love and care."
- "Continue to say I love you.
Do not make a list of the occasional disappointments and conflicts
that come between you. May the exchange of leis be a symbol to
you of a healthy relationship, a giving and receiving, that mutual
interchange that strengthens you both. Sometimes the simple gift
of a flower speaks deeper than words about the heart's desire
for your relationship to blossom, to be fragrant and to grow
- "Remington, please take Laura
by the right hand."
- Remington reached out and took Laura's
right hand in his.
- "Remington, do you take Laura
to be your wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for
better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in
health, treasuring her in your heart as the special gift that
she is to you, striving to do all that you can to make her to
feel happy and secure, treating her with understanding, kindness
and respect for all the days before you?"
- "Yes, I do," Remington
- "Laura, do you take Remington
to be your husband, to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and
in health, treasuring him in your heart as the special gift that
he is to you, striving to do all that you can to make him to
feel happy and secure, treating him with understanding, kindness
and respect for all the days before you?"
- "I do," Laura replied
and smiled back at him.
- "Are there rings to commemorate
these vows and your love?" the minister asked.
- Remington and Laura both nodded.
The minister handed a Koa bowl to Remington.
- "A few moments before this
ceremony I dipped this Koa wood bowl into the Pacific Ocean in
order to perform a Hawaiian blessing over these rings,"
the minister said. "Koa, which is the hardest of our Hawaiian
woods, has been used over the centuries to build the outrigger
canoes, tools and utensils. It has come to represent integrity
and strength; foundational qualities of your relationship. Marriage
is more than just the beautiful passion and tender emotion of
love. It is a foundational covenant based on faith, hope and
love. The Ti leaf represents prosperity, health and blessing
of body, mind and spirit."
- The minister dipped a Ti leaf in
the bowl, sprinkled the rings three times and chanted:
- "Ei-Ah Eha-No. Ka Malohia Oh-Na-Lani.
Mea A-Ku A-Pau. May blessings from above rest upon you and remain
with you now and forever."
- "The water has a double significance.
One is a washing back into the Pacific, as it were, symbolically,
of any hindrance to relationship. In Hawaiian this is called
Ho'oponopono or reconciliation. Even the best relationship is
challenged at times. This principle of forgiveness, grace and
release is essential to marriage. Time is to be taken whenever
necessary to build understanding and to find restoration of union
when conflict arises. Open and honest communication is a part
of this processes but so also is music, good food and dance."
- "The second aspect of the water
represents the brand new relationship that you start today as
husband and wife."
- "Remington, as you take this
ring and place it upon Laura's finger, please repeat after me:
Laura, with this ring as a symbol of my eternal love and my devotion
to you, I thee wed."
- Remington gently placed the wedding
band on Laura's finger and said, "Laura, with this ring
as a symbol of my eternal love and my devotion to you, I thee
- Remington reached into his pocket
and retrieved Laura's antique diamond engagement ring. He gently
slid the ring on her finger and it fit snugly against her Hawaiian
- Laura looked down at the two rings
on her left hand and smiled. One ring represented the vows they
were making and the beginning of their life together. The other
ring represented the years they had spent together struggling
to get to this incredible happiness.
- The old and the new. The past and
the future. All in one perfect wedding set.
- "And likewise," the minister
said, handing Remington's wedding band to Laura.
- Laura put the ring on Remington's
finger, looked into his eyes and said, "Remington, with
this ring as a symbol of my eternal love and my devotion to you,
I thee wed."
- "And now we will hear The Hawaiian
Wedding Song," the minister announced.
- The three Hawaiian musicians once
again played their ukuleles, but this time only one of them sang.
The words and the music were so enchanting.
- This is the moment
I've waited for.
I can hear my heart singing.
Soon bells will be ringing.
This is the moment
Of sweet Aloha.
I will love you longer than forever.
Promise me that you will leave me never.
Here and now, dear,
All my love I vow dear.
Promise me that you will leave me never.
I will love you longer than forever.
Now that we are one,
Clouds won't hide the sun.
Blue skies of Hawaii smile
On this, our wedding day.
I do love you
With all my heart.
- After the song ended, the minister
continued. "As I mentioned at the beginning of the service,
I now take this lava rock and Ti leaf to perform the final blessing.
The rock represents this moment and place of your marriage -
made sacred by your love. Wrapped in the leaf it is a traditional
Hawaiian offering, a prayer and a blessing. You are to place
it anywhere you choose on the island before you leave. It will
stay here. Your rings will be with you everywhere you go, a reminder
of your marriage and love. The rock marks your entrance into
a promised land, that of marriage, full of rich promise and unlimited
potential. May the joy of your many years together far exceed
even your greatest expectation."
- "We have had a very special
honor here today to witness your love and Aloha; your exchange
of leis, vows, and rings. And now by the authority that has been
entrusted to me by the State of Hawaii, I pronounce you husband
and wife. You may now seal your vows with a kiss."
- Remington cupped the sides of Laura's
face in his hands and gently brought her lips to his. A kiss
never tasted sweeter. Remington Steele and Laura Holt had shared
many incredible kisses over the course of their relationship:
their first kiss on the pier, the kiss in the cellar of the monastery,
the kiss in the hotel room in Acapulco, the kiss in her loft
when they ended the Cannes agreement and many, many more. But
those kisses paled in comparison to their first kiss as husband
- "I now present for the first
time, Mr. and Mrs. Remington Steele," the minister declared
as their kiss finally ended.
- The musicians began playing another
Hawaiian love song. Remington and Laura turned towards their
smiling guests as they all rose to their feet. Frances and Donald
were the first to congratulate them.
- "Congratulations, Mr. Steele,"
Donald said as they shook hands.
- "Please, Donald, call me Remington,"
he replied and then added, "We're family now."
- "Remington," Donald corrected.
"It will be great having you as a brother-in-law."
- Laura and Frances hugged as Frances
offered her best wishes to her little sister. Abigail, Daniel
and Mildred were waiting not-so-patiently for their turns. Hugs
and felicitations were shared by all.
- Remington said to their guests,
"If you'll excuse us for a moment, there is something Laura
and I need to do. Please meet us at the restaurant."
- Remington scooped Laura up into
his arms and carried her off the beach.
- "Where are we going?"
- "It's a surprise," he
- To be continued . . .
- To Part
- AN: The words and music
to the Hawaiian wedding song were written in
1926 by Charles King. Used without permission.
- The English words in
the Hawaiian Wedding song are not the correct
translation, but it is the version that was used in the 1961
Blue Hawaii and written in 1958 by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning.
without permission. (Blue Hawaii. Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman,
Lansbury, Hilo Hattie. Paramount, 1961.)