Kelehua was raised on the Windward side of O’ahu, where she learned to dance hula at a young age. She competed in the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, and later began dancing professionally, at home and in Japan. She embraces her culture each day through Hawaiian music, language and dance.

As an officiant, Kelehua delicately weaves Hawaiian cultural elements into her ceremony, blended with familiar, traditional elements, allowing each couple’s experience to feel truly unique to the Islands. The result is a warm and memorable time where each couple feels embraced by the spirit of Aloha and the beauty of Hawai’i. Kelehua tailors each ceremony to the couple’s liking, incorporating elements such as personal vows, Scripture, or the couple’s own cultural traditions. She also performs Japanese ceremonies.

Kelehua is grateful when a couple chooses Hawaii for their wedding ceremony or vow renewal. Knowing they could choose anywhere in the world, she feels privileged and honored to facilitate their most cherished memory in a place she loves with all her heart.

Kahu Kelehua Kawai

As a Native Hawaiian born and raised on Maui, my roots are anchored in the rich traditions of the islands. With a profound respect for the beauty of my culture and the significance of love and commitment, I am happy to share that connection with couples who want a truly authentic and meaningful wedding experience. Together let’s discover the true embodiment of Aloha.

KAHU Justin Phillips

Kahu Kawena Mechler specializes in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony. She is also an accomplished singer and musician, her voice is amazingly beautiful when she does the traditional chanting to open your ceremony. Her calm demeanor and warm smile will put you at ease on your wedding day. 


Having officiated wedding ceremonies for couples from all over the word, Ellsworth prides himself in infusing the aloha spirit into your wedding day and bringing a calming and loving energy with him wherever he goes. 

Also a talented musician, Ellsworth has participated in many wedding days in the musical aspect as well and loves to share his talents in all aspects!

Ellsworth Simeona

Kāhea in the Hawaiian language dictionary 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.  

 With the hā or chosen breath of life. The series of kāhea started. 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.

Mahalo Ke Akua and Blessings to us all.


Our Oahu wedding officiants have performed thousands of ceremonies on the island of Oahu. With a great range of different looks and backgrounds we have one of the most diverse group of officiants on the island of Oahu. With ceremonies for religious and non-religious, we can assist you in pairing a minister that fits your personality and spirituality. With ministers from all walks of life each ministers has their own distinct style to enhance your Oahu wedding experience. 

Once your Oahu wedding package is booked you will get a copy of your ministers vows so you know what to expect. Each minister allows you to add some individual words to your ceremony or read special vows to one another. Just let us know if you want to add anything to the ceremony and we can add it to the timeframe of your wedding. 

If you have any questions about our Oahu wedding officiants please contact us.

If you are still not sure which island you want to get married on and you are thinking of getting married on Maui take a look at our Maui Ministers page for more information. 

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