LIVING WATERS OF GOD MINISTRY...
Kahu Parker, a native Hawaiian island minister, is warm, loving and true to his humble heart. From his strong ties to Hawaii's Royalty and famous paniolo heritage to his teachings from his Grandparents. You can say "ahhh... raised old fashion", but isn't being romantic... old fashioned?
His beliefs comes a long way from his elders who were strong figures in the church and his up bringing, family, and life.
By: Rosemary Parker
Hina's husband Olopana, an influential chief, was already an old man while fair Hina was in the spring of her youth. Dutifully she shared his bed, but her heart longed for her husband's younger brother Kahiki-ula. She often invited her handsome brother-in-law to go berry-picking. He accompanied her gladly to cool springs and creeks. They talked intimately about the lore of herbs. Olopana, aware of his advancing age, resented their friendship, but didn't interfere. Only Hina herself knew if Kahiki-ula was also her lover.
When she gave birth, however, Olopana refused to acknowledge the baby-boy as his son.
As long as our beautiful beaches and sun exist in Hawaii, ceremonies on the beach will always have beautiful memories.
In this vow renewal of 11 years, a request was made of Kahu Parker, for their twin sons to be included in the ceremony. From our ancient ancestors, to our elders, down to our parents life begins in a gift of breath, and it's through us to which that this gift is passed on with all the teachings to hold our old ways and to adapt to modern times with better understanding of our mistakes and never to repeat them, for from the begining our elders handed down to their children the gift..... we all call life.
One final request was made from Guy and Milani, was to say a prayer for a dear friend who lived on the west side of Oahu and loved the beaches.
While Guy holds a lei offering, Rev. Parker acknowledges ancestors for their acceptence.
Here's a video of Honu Kai Lani from Watabe, a short clip of from begining to end from the greeting room, your counseling room, to your wedding ceremony at the chapel to the reception hall. Please enjoy this video made from Watabe
If by chance you want your wedding vows and ring exchange done in Japanese, Elias Sensei will always help you there. This wedding ceremony was mixed with English, Japanese, and Hawaiian language. Thank you Dream Wedding Hawaii.
When we received Sheryl's call, we were delighted to find that she and Vince decided to get married, but as with all couples they were concerned with budget, after counseling of wants and budget they were both at ease and ready choose a date.
Sheryl and Vince's request was to have everything to be simple as possible. August 4, 2011 a beautiful and busy afternoon for Rev. Parker, with belief and faith the Lord always makes things possible.
Nothing worth anything is simple, but everything is surely possible
It's been so busy with work as well with family time, finally here are a few pictures from Maui, June 16, 2011. Our love for Maui are as great as our love for all of the other islands.
Iao Needle State Monument Park
No matter what mountain Our Lord God shares with us whether its Iao Needle, Maui or Koolau Range Oahu , we always enjoy the views of mountains. Carved by the finger tips of God for all of us to see the beauty of his splendor.
We stopped also at the Cultural Gardens, and took a sneak peek of the gardens. Here you can have a picnic in different parts of the world different parts of the world from Chinese, Japanese, Portugese, Filipino, Korean, and of course Hawaiian and many others all in one day. What a way to travel and still be in Maui.
... and they are all quite clean and beautiful
As we continued our journey to Hana, Maui just a reminder for all you Maui travelers to Hana, THERE IS NO CELL PHONE RECEPTION AT ALL !!! and ONLY ONE MAUI RADIO STATION IS AVAILABLE, until you see a barbeque shack stop and take a quick snack and restroom break. Test your phone you just might be able to make a call.
Leonard Lawrence and Kevin's wedding in Koki Beach, Hamoa, Maui.
The end result is beautiful, and our journey to through Hana and Koki Beach, Hamoa was memorable. No cell phone reception, or internet connection, and no radio reception. but a wonderful time through the journey.
This past Friday I finanally met Yuri sensei, Midori and Jerry. They are truly wonderful people, so true to the heart and warm loving. Yuri Sensei with full of life I can see she's happy to be close to Trent sensei, a man with full of love for his Yuri and knowledge of martial art behind him. With Yuri sensei's smile, Rev Elias knows that it's all about the love!
As we leave from Honolulu to Maui on the 5:15am flight, the morning still shows the beautiful full moon with a hint of orange color from the rising sun upon her face. Mahalo KeAkua i keia la he kou maua iho oli I kanani i keia.
Before we headed on the Hana, we stopped at Iao Needle and the cultural garden a nice place to go for a picnic. (maybe next time)
As we headed on our way to Hana's winding road you can enjoy the beautiful foliage of helekonia and lauae fern and possibly lilikoi fruit better known as passion fruit. We've learned to always give yourself extra time our gps system gave us 40 minutes to our destination... TOTALLY INCORRECT... it took us approximately 2 hours, giving touring drivers, and on coming cars on sometimes a single lane road when it gets to multiple hairpin turns. You'll also find tourist out of their cars WATCH FOR TOURIST taking pictures of waterfalls and streams along the mountain side. When we finally reached Hamoa the beach was simply breath taking. Rev Elias already knew where to stop, you just had to be there to see it.
Almost secluded but you just have to be there before the crowd sets in. Get there early... no problem on having your family picnic there. While Kevin (the beautiful bride and Leonard somewhere on the street side looking out for us, but little did you know we arrived at our final destination 30 minutes after the Schwaigers got to the beach. Like the bride, .... of course simply beautiful. The picnic area overlooking the beach, (right in the middle of everything) just a little on the right of the beach is the birth place of an infamous female of royalty. If you know who she is comment it back to us.
On May 17, 2011 Rev. Parker rushing from Honukailani Chapel to leave for Loulu Palms. Ryan and Elisa, a fun and outgoing couple from Washington is high spirited with Rev. Parker in todays wedding rehearsal
May 18, 2011 The big day for Ryan and Elisa. As we meet up with Elias and Lorenzo, coordinators of
La `a kea Ocean Wedding all preparations and request were placed. Walking through the soft grass Rev. Parker places himself to where he'll stand before the couple during the wedding.
Thank you Hanako for the interview, a coordinator of Honukailani Chapel staff in Ko'Olina. In no doubt Rev. Elias always ready for any challenges in between weddings. You can call him Pastor, Kumu, Kahu, Reverend, or wedding minister. We call him truely a "man of God".
If your not tuned into with doing the "Shaka",
here's another way explained by Rev. Elias,
"moshi moshi" a way of answering a phone in Japanese.
Interesting interview you can view pictures in the blog done by coordinators from Watabe Weddings Hawaii.
Want to thank Elias Gonzales, along with business partner Lorenzo Pitts, and the Loulu Palms Estates for allowing Rev. Parker to be a part of their ministry staff. A beautiful wedding presided with cool breezes in the air for Nathan and Ivy. Love always prevails over everything, but you had to be there to experience the chuckle among everyone between bad times and poor times.
As we walk into the new year of 2011, Rev. Elias Parker begins with an early morning ceremony at sunrise unknown location, then a ceremony at Bellows at 10am, a short break in between to rest, then a drive to Ke Iki Beach out North shore for a 1pm, later today a 4pm at Ko'Olina.
Whew... Still recooperating from eve celebrating into the New Year 2011. Wishing everyone happiness, love, and joy to all.