A Cleansing Ceremony for Wedding Couples, Hawaiian Style
Often times, a wedding becomes more about the guests and the event rather than the bride and groom’s commitment to each other and the beginning of a new stage in their lives. The Hawaiian E ala e ceremony (sea-water cleansing) is a lovely and intimate way for them to mark their new beginning.
In ancient Hawaii, the bath between midnight and sunrise was regarded as a ceremony of purification and a cleansing of all the impurities of the past. The ritual of purification involved wading silently into the tranquil sea to release stresses and problems. Today, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa invites wedding couples to celebrate their marriage with an ancient Hawaiian ceremony to mark their new beginning. Couples exchanging their vows at the Sheraton Maui are invited to partake in this tradition and begin their married life together, free from the woes of the past. Coupled by chants to the rising sun, the traditional E ala e ceremony encourages couples to awaken their senses and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.
Simone Alves, Wedding Manager at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, says, “We are delighted to invite our wedding couples to experience the E ala e ceremony. It is a fantastic way for them to embrace Hawaiian culture and take a heightened focus on themselves and the new life they are embarking upon together.”
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is where the legend of Ka‘anapali began. Situated on Ka‘anapali Beach at historic Pu‘u Keka‘a, Black Rock, the oceanfront resort is nestled among 23 acres of tropical landscaping with 83 percent of the resort’s 508 rooms.
E ala e ceremony is available to all couples performing their wedding ceremony at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. For more information about weddings at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa call (808) 662-8032 or visit http://www.sheraton-maui.com/weddings.