Your Wedding Ceremony

As a licensed Minister and Big Island Wedding Officiant (read more on this below), I offer traditional ceremonies with Hawaiian traditions for your Hawaii wedding or vow renewal. My classic Ceremony outline is below.

I am happy to customize your ceremony outline as desired. I welcome couples saying personal words to each other, prayer and couples saying personal words to each other and guests doing readings or playing music. Just let me know in advance, so I can work it into the ceremony timeline.

This is your day and I will do what I can to make your ceremony perfect for you!

Wedding & Elopement Ceremony


  • Blowing of the Conch Shell
  • {Song from Musician if booked*}
  • Welcome
  • Exchange of Leis {bride & groom, or guests may be included}
  • Read “Marriage is a Commitment” by Edmund O’Neill
  • Blending of the Sands into your keepsake glass vase, sand is provided
  • {Song from Musician*}
  • Read “Blessing for a Marriage” by James Dillet Freeman
  • Personal Words/Vows (optional).
    If you would like to say something to each other, it may be written down and read from a small card, memorized, or spoken from the heart in that moment
  • Hawaiian ring blessing
  • Exchanging of the Rings, repeat after me
  • Exchanging of the Vows, repeat after me. Or you may choose to simply say “I do” at the end of my reading
  • {Song from Musician*}
  • Closing, “It is my honor and privilege to say, by the power vested in me by the state of Hawaii, I now pronounce you…

You May Kiss!

Wedding Ceremony at the beach
*Book a musician and do your
First Dance
on the beach!
Wedding Ceremony at the beach

Get Married in Paradise

Licensed Wedding Officiants in Hawaii

When choosing an officiant for your Hawaii wedding ceremony, please make sure that the officiant is properly licensed. Unfortunately, there are people out there who claim to be officiants, but do not have the proper authority from the state to legally marry couples.

Officiants in Hawaii must be licensed by the state, have insurance, be sponsored by a church, and have a tax ID number. Any licensed officiant should be happy to provide their credentials to you. You can also verify that an officiant is licensed by checking the Hawaii Department of Health website, and searching by name.

My Hawaii Wedding Officiant license number is 2020-22876, and you can find me in the list of licensed officiants by searching by my name, Karen Yarborough. Please feel free to contact me at (808) 443-8172 if you have any questions!