When I heard that they got engaged, I was so happy for them. Kat is someone who always has a kind word and a positive attitude for any situation. Mark is a talented artist. A quiet guy, the kind who chooses his friends carefully so if you’re among them, you feel pretty special. I convinced them to get married on the Big Island. Why? Well…
- A destination wedding in paradise? Well of course!
- The Big Island has less tourists than Oahu, Maui, and Kauai and as a result, everything is more affordable.
- I wanted to attend a wedding on The Big Island, because I love that place.
They had to make their wedding pretty exclusive so it was an honour to be there. I am putting up this post so you could feel like you were there too.
1. The Location – The Big Island, South Kona
The Big Island (The Island of Hawaii) is the only Hawaiian island that has active volcanoes on it. It also has an an extinct volcano that reaches up above the clouds where astronomers discover new galaxies and planets. The wedding was in South Kona, the dry leeward side of the island, famous for the fact that Captain James Cook landed here in 1778, and of course, for its famous Kona coffee which grows in ideal conditions here.
The Big Island is a place where the energy is raw and the elements seem bigger than you (as they always are, but we forget sometimes, when we live in cities). Having lived on the island, the general rule of thumb that most people figure out is that if you give out positive energy here, you get positive things, and if you put out negativity, you get negative things back. This is true in other places, but I find that you get feedback right away on your attitude.
Captain Cook had good juju when he landed in January 1778 and was welcomed as a very important guest. He returned in February 1779 and died there. Shit got bad quickly on his second trip. The inciting incident was a broken mast, followed by a stolen pair of blacksmith tongs.
I digress though… back to the wedding. I knew that Mark and Kat’s wedding would go really well because they are positive people who go with the flow. They have good energy through good times and bad. 🙂
2. The Painted Church
Kat and Mark got married at The St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, which overlooks Kealakekua Bay. Everybody refers to it as “The Painted Church” because, between 1899 and 1904 a Belgian father named Father Velghe painted the church with stories from the Bible using house paint on ordinary wood. Kind of special for someone like me, who can’t even paint a straight rollerline with house paint on drywall.
3. The Ceremony & The Vows
I put my camera on a tripod and took video of the ceremony. Here’s the part that matters.
4. The Reception
The Reception was at a beautiful estate called Villa Quatro, which overlooked the sunset and Kona town. The highlights? Well, my favorites were the Mai Tais, the delicious meal complete with purple sweet potatoes, and the sunset. Mark and Kat hired my friend Maka Gallinger to play. Maka’s gonna big huge one day, and she’s already gaining quite the audience on the Big Island. No one strums and sings the ukulele like Maka, nor writes such catchy songs. Check out Maka’s Reverb Nation page. This is one of my favorites, called Waiting On Your Love.
Saving the best for last, let’s talk about Love. I will always remember a moment when I was on the balcony at a party with Kat. It was a baby shower at Mark and Cassie’s house. Kat was consoling a girlfriend of ours who was going through some relationship bumps, and we were standing in a semi hug huddle. “Love is a verb.” Kat said. “You have to think of Love as a verb and not a noun.”
“Love is a verb” Kat said. “you have to think of Love as a verb and not a noun.”
Hanging around Kat and Mark, they are always loving. They have a thoughtfulness for one another, a caring and consideration. Love is a verb in their relationship. I believe that this will carry them through the rest of their lives together.