Kona Wedding Officiant’s licensed minister, Deanna, believes that Aloha is the most important element of a wedding in Hawaii. Aloha has many meanings, but most of all, it means love. Deanna specializes in Hawaiian traditions and enjoys creating intimate, romantic ceremonies for couples. Deanna has performed over 200 weddings and vow renewals for couples here in West Hawaii. Big Island beach wedding packages include permits and leis, are affordable, and are brought with love. All couples are welcome in marriage and vow renewal at Kona Wedding Officiant.
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Deanna has a degree in Philosophy and Religion and invites all denominations to enjoy beautiful weddings in West Hawaii. She writes personalized ceremonies for couples and creates lovely weddings on Hawaii’s gorgeous beaches. She is passionate about bringing couples together in the sacred bond of marriage. Deanna believes that every wedding is a gift.
Almost a decade ago, Deanna and her husband were two lone hikers 'thru hiking' the Appalachian Trail. One day, they began hiking together and never looked back. The two eloped in Hawaii on a private beach. They were the only two people present, aside from their officiant, for their entire ceremony. The two remember this day as the most magical one of their lives. This incredible experience is one Deanna hopes to bring couples she marries here in Kona.
Deanna has a strong background in Hawaiian cultures and traditions through her past work as a teacher in the state of Hawaii. She had the privilege to teach Hawaiian studies and Hawaiian history. Deanna had the pleasure of working with Hawaiian Kumus where she learned protocols and traditions such as lei making, chants, and songs. Deanna continues to learn new Hawaiian Oli, Mele, and Pule to bring to her ceremonies. Before moving to Hawaii, back in New Jersey, Deanna worked with hundreds of brides and grooms in a different way, as a professional wedding photographer.
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Kona Wedding Officiant’s other licensed minister, James Higgs, is just joining our team. James has a passion for Hawaiiana and has lived in Hawaii for over twelve years. James has a wide breadth of knowledge of Hawaiian history and has enjoyed past work as a Hawaiian History teacher, National Park Ranger, and Mauna Kea Stargazing and Telescope Guide. Ask him anything about Hawaii - he has the answer.
James has a degree in Environmental Science and a true love of nature. Together, Deanna and James celebrate the Hawaiian cultural traditions and bring forth these elements in the ceremonies they share with visiting and residential couples.
James is available as a second Officiant for same-date bookings when our calendar if full for your selected time and day.
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