Erika Engle

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Post-nuptial deja vu
all over again

More than 50 couples will hit the shores of Waikiki tomorrow morning, not for brunch on the beach, but for vows on the beach.

The couples, staying at the two Outrigger Hotels & Resorts properties on Waikiki Beach will renew their wedding vows on the most romantic day of the year.

"We can handle up to 60 couples," said Outrigger spokesman Jim Austin. "We're expecting around 50, but in case we get last-minute romantics who check in over the weekend, which could happen, we have some spaces available."

Participants must be registered guests and will receive complimentary leis, a four-color vow renewal certificate and a picture.

Outrigger hosts a vow renewal ceremony every Friday morning and serves about a dozen couples weekly. "It's become so popular as an amenity ... we thought we'd try to turn it into a chainwide event," at least for Valentine's Day, he said.

Eighteen Outrigger properties will host renewal ceremonies that will reflect the host-culture in each area. The Hawaii ceremony will be performed by a Hawaiian Kahu (priest) and include lei exchanges, chants and songs and hula performances.

Similar culturally specific ceremonies will be staged for Outrigger guests at Tahiti's Outrigger Te Tiare Beach; Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji; all 10 Outrigger properties in Australia; the two in New Zealand and at Guam's Outrigger Guam Resort, which will be the first to celebrate Valentine's Day, due to its placement near the International Date Line.

Picture perfect

Lots of Web sites feature beautiful images of Hawaii, its scenery, people, flowers and other aspects of the state -- and now the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau has one, too.

The HVCB's online image library is available for commercial usage for brochures, Web sites, advertisements and other marketing materials promoting Hawaii. The images are available for free at www.hvcb.org/imagelibrary.

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Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin. Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached at: eengle@starbulletin.com

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