Capt. Howie's Hawaiian Weddings

Capt. Howie is our featured wedding officiant at Pukalani Falls Gardens. He is the owner and designer of the exquisite Pukalani Falls Gardens. Capt. Howie has been performing inspirational, unscripted weddings for over 40 years. He’s a maritime captain with the U.S. Coast Guard, and an international speaker, recognized as a scholar of world religions and philosophy, both Western and Eastern.

Capt. Howie likes to blow his Hawaiian conch shell and chant an ancient Hawaiian blessing. Capt. Howie is very versatile and openminded. He’s right-at-home doing any style of wedding, including non-denominational, Christian, Hawaiian, spiritual, non-religious, and same sex. If you have any doubts or special concerns, please give us a call to determine if Captain Howie is right for you. If not, we can happily make other arrangements.

Meet Capt. Howie on the national Home and Garden TV Show as he takes you on a tour, showcasing the breathtaking Pukalani Falls Gardens and his storybook “Hobbit House” home.

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Aloha from Captain Howie

Captain Howie’s Hawaiian wedding ceremonies are not at all “traditional”. Rather they are very personalized and spiritually inspired. For example Capt. Howie’ Hawaii weddings do not like to include, “til death due you part” in his Hawaii weddings. He explains that love is eternal and does not end if a dear one leaves this world. The soul is certainly eternal. To the contrary, loving relationships often strengthen at that time. Nonetheless, because love is unlimited and never jealous, new loving relations will continue to come into being.

Another bit of Hawaii wedding tradition Capt. Howie does not like is the use of “obey”. He explains that everything about love is totally voluntary- which makes it so incredibly sweet.. Capt. Howie takes great pride in being a product of the 60’s counter-culture, the psychedelic revolution and even a veteran of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. After graduating college in 1970 with degrees in Psychology, Zoology, and with one foot in the door of medical school, he chose to take a hard left turn and dedicate his life fully to spiritual pursuits.

Angel’s Bay

If you are contemplating a Hawaii beach wedding, Angels Bay is definitely the place. Angels Bay, also know as Waimanalo Bay, was recently voted “Best Beach in all of America” by Department of Earth & Environment, Florida International University. What to speak of Hawaii, you will not find a more beautiful beach anywhere on the planet. The sand is the color of golden sugar, and very soft to the touch of your bare feet. The ocean is bright turquoise, punctuated with alluring offshore Hawaii islands that are sanctuaries for exotic sea birds and Hawaiian monk seals. Steep mountain cliffs drop right out of the sky to kiss the sandy Hawaii beaches. Balmy Hawaii tradewinds fan your bodies as the ocean surf sings to you sweetly. Many TV shows and movies were shot at Angels Bay including Lost and Hawaii Five O… too many to mention.

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Pukalani Falls Garden

& Hobbit House

Pukalani Falls Hawaii Wedding Garden is the ultimate fairytale location for weddings in Hawaii. In Hawaiian, Pukalani means “Gateway to Heaven”. It is said that a picture speaks a thousand words. So let the photos and videos speak for themselves. In our Hawaii Wedding Location Gallery, check out Pukalani Falls Hawaii Wedding Garden. This magnificent falls is surrounded by numerous varieties of Hawaii tropical fruit trees, exotic flowers, palms, bamboos and other Hawaiian plants. It is truly a tropical wonderland for Hawaii weddings. For example there are bananas, papayas, guavas, Hawaii mangos, coconuts, orchids, passion fruit… and the list of Hawaii delicacies goes on. Pukalani Falls Hawaii Wedding Garden is literally a bride and groom’s “Dream Come True”. When you first enter this Hawaii wedding dreamland through the ornate teak and copper gates, the first words out of our guests mouth are usually something like, “Wow” or “Oh my God”.

You will have just entered the Hawaii tropical water garden that is almost a psychedelic experience. You immediately realize that you have embarked upon the quintessential wonderland for a Hawaii destination wedding. Two separate bubbling brooks flow into a tropical water garden that is literally teaming with brightly colored koi fish and colorful Hawaii water lilies. The koi are very personable, and will swim right up to greet you. They genuinely seem to enjoy being present at our Hawaii weddings.

Pukalani Falls Hawaii Wedding Garden is totally private. Should a little Hawaii rain shower pass over, you can take shelter under the spacious Hawaiian thatched gazebo. This romantic cabana is also a very popular spot for our Hawaii weddings. Not only will it protect you from a little “pineapple juice falling from the sky”, but it is also a great shady and cool option for your Hawaii wedding ceremony on a bright sunny day. What wedding in Hawaii would be complete without a few colorful tropical parrots being present. How about iridescent green with red, or shimmering red with blue eyeliner? They love to be photographed with the bride, groom or any interested guests.

Meet Captain Howie

Capt. Howie (Howard Welfeld) is our featured wedding officiant at Pukalani Falls Gardens. He is the owner and designer of the exquisite Pukalani Falls Gardens. Capt. Howie has been performing inspirational, unscripted weddings for over 40 years. He’s a maritime captain with the U.S. Coast Guard, and an international speaker, recognized as a scholar of world religions and philosophy, both Western and Eastern.

Capt. Howie likes to blow his Hawaiian conch shell and chant an ancient Hawaiian blessing. Capt. Howie is very versatile and openminded. He’s right-at-home doing any style of wedding, including non-denominational, Christian, Hawaiian, spiritual, non-religious, and same sex. If you have any doubts or special concerns, please give us a call to determine if Captain Howie is right for you. If not, we can happily make other arrangements.

Meet Capt. Howie on the national Home and Garden TV Show as he takes you on a tour, showcasing the breathtaking Pukalani Falls Gardens and his storybook “Hobbit House” home.

Do You Have Any Questions?
Q: What island are you located on?
We are on the beautiful island of Oahu. The most important thing is that you make your travel plans to fly into Honolulu International Airport. That’s airport code HNL. We do have a travel expert available if you would like assistance with your travel plans.
Q: What’s the first step to booking my wedding?
The first step is deciding when you want to come to Hawaii. If you have a week in mind you can call us or email us for availability and ask any questions you might have. We will bounce ideas around and come up with the best day, time, and location for your dream Hawaii wedding.
Q: Where should we stay?
Most visitors to Oahu stay in Waikiki. One of the things we love about our locations is there actually aren’t any hotels or resorts close by. That eliminates a lot of tourists on the beach. Waikiki, where most of the resorts are located, is a 19mile drive away on one of the most gorgeous stretches of coastal highway in the world from our beach wedding location, and it’s only a few minutes to our sunset location.
Q: How far in advance should we reserve the date?
Most of our couples book 4-8 months in advance. We have weddings more than a year away and have booked weddings in the morning for the same afternoon. So it varies quite a bit. Some couples plan their Hawaiian Honeymoon/Vacation around the wedding date they choose. Other couples decided to throw in the wedding spontaneously with a trip they already have planned. Our advice is to go ahead and reserve the date as soon as you have one picked.
Q: What happens if it rains?
Rain here on the islands is considered a “Hawaiian Blessing.” We usually experience brief, passing showers and just wait a few minutes for the clouds to pass. You might even get a rainbow! If the weather looks more serious, we can change your wedding plan to the next day or a different location. We are very flexible.
Q: How do we get our Hawaii marriage license?
All that is required is a photo ID and $65 paid to the State of Hawaii.  You can get a head start on the process by applying online at marriage.ehawaii.govOnce you come to Hawaii you must go to the Hawaii State Dept. of Health located at 1250 Punchbowl Street in Downtown Honolulu with your photo ID to pick up your marriage license. They are open 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. If you are unable to go during their regular office hours don’t panic. You can arrange to meet with an agent after hours or on the weekend. 
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