Thursday, April 2, 2015

Indian Weddings In Hawaii

-A Growing Niche In Destination Weddings

Destination weddings have been growing in popularity for decades, and more recently amongst East Asian and Indian couples.  Hawaii, a long time haven for destination weddings, has noticed an increase in Hindu and Sikh weddings for the past few years.

Maui Indian Weddings and Bollywood Parties is a wedding planning and event entertainment company, based in Maui, Hawaii.  It was founded in 2012 by wedding and event coordinator Everly Brophy.  Her sister company Maui Mobil Spa has been specializing in wedding henna tattoo art, hair, makeup and nails for Indian brides since 2010.

"Brides kept booking their henna parties, and would ask my suggestions on everything from wedding venues, catering, entertainment, places to stay.  The light bulb went on after seeing the trend for Hindu and Sikh weddings on Maui increase.  I had already been working with my mother coordinating weddings for years, and we were and still are, really the only vendors for everything Indian wedding related on Maui.  Our philosophy is about providing authentic Hindu or Sikh ceremonials, while simultaneously highlighting the destination Hawaiian wedding experience."


Maui Indian Weddings and Bollywood Parties specialize in Hindu and Sikh weddings, but they are also known for their mixed culture weddings(Hindu/Christian, Hindu/Catholic, Sikh/Buddhist date).

Traditionally, Indian weddings are ritual filled ceremonial celebrations that can last for days.  They are often large events with hundreds of guests in attendance!  The different ceremonies or puja's/pooja's, begin as soon as the couple is engaged.  The specific ceremonies differ from state to village or family, but the core rituals have a common thread in all the regions of India.

Maui Indian Weddings and Bollywood Parties coordinate all aspects of the nuptial ceremonies and events. 

They usually start with a Bridal Henna Party 2-3 days before the wedding.  This is where the bride and her closest(usually female) friends and family come together to receive henna temporary tattoo art.  The henna (or mehndi), represents luck, prosperity and beauty, and has been a ritualistic part of weddings for many cultures for thousands of years.

Next there is often a Sangeet...basically a "rehearsal dinner" without the rehearsal.  And it's usually not a sit down dinner at all.  It's more of a festive, dance performance filled extravaganza, with colorful outfits and elaborate jewelry.  The food is more catered "action stations" with a variety of small dishes to nibble on throughout the evening.  

The actual wedding ceremonials are often more somber and ritualistic. Pujas/Poojas (or prayers) can start individually for the bride and the groom first thing in the morning... and they can last till the end of the 1-2 plus hour wedding ceremony.


Because there are so many events involved in Indian weddings, Maui Indian Weddings understands their job is to help couples have an outstanding wedding experience, while working within a budget that can go pretty fast when you are hosting 2-5 events... plus travel fees.  This is why they individually quote each wedding, working closely with vendors to give clients the highest quality service for the best rates.

And with so many beautiful locations to get married on Maui, it's no wonder more couples continue to choose Hawaii as their destination wedding location.  Everly Brophy of Maui Indian Weddings says the most consistent thing she hears from the families and guests is, "They are so happy the couple choose to get married in Hawaii!  That it's so beautiful and relaxing here!  They are always pleased at the effort we put into taking care of details, so they can actually enjoy a vacation amidst the many events scheduled.  It is really important to our couples that their guests have a real vacation!"

Written By:  Everly Brophy

This article was written by Everly Brophy. She is an event and wedding coordinator for Maui Indian Weddings, a company based in Maui, Hawaii that was started in 2012.

Everly and her mother are the only vendors for everything Indian wedding related on Maui. You may find more information on their company and services at their website: or by phone at +1-(808)463-9019. They are available for weddings and events for all the Hawaiian islands.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Island Railway Tours New Activity

Island Railway Tours is offering an open house and free ride on their brand new activity on March 21, 2015.

The Ewa train will be open to travel agents and others in the travel business. Seating is limited to 200.

Please RSVP before the March 19th. 
Call John at (808)220-2367 for confirmation and directions. 

***Opening day to the public for this activity is April 20, 2015

Check out our website at 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Study Looks at How People Cope with Vog

A new study to examine how people who live downwind of Kīlauea Volcano cope with volcanic gas emissions, or vog, is currently underway. Led by Dr. Claire Horwell, Director of the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network and a researcher at Durham University in the United Kingdom, the study is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. It will reach across multiple agencies, organizations, and communities in the State of Hawaii to help ensure that official advice about living with vog incorporates a wide range of experiences and knowledge.

Vog, the pollution formed from acidic gases and particles released by active volcanoes, is composed primarily of sulfur dioxide gas and its oxidation products, such as sulfate aerosol.  Sulfur dioxide from Kīlauea, now in its 33rd year of nearly continuous eruption, results in vog that continues to challenge communities, agriculture and infrastructure on the Island of Hawai‘i, as well as across the State.

Communities downwind from Kīlauea’s active vents frequently experience vog as a visible haze or as a sulfurous smell or taste. People exposed to vog report a variety of symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, sore throats, and headaches. The Hawaii State Department of Health and the American Lung Association offer advice on vog protection measures, such as staying indoors and limiting physical activity when vog levels are high.

According to Dr. Horwell, she is investigating how Hawai‘i communities use this advice and if they have developed their own strategies for protecting themselves from vog.  “We’re working with State and county agencies with the end goal of providing consistent online advice, an informative pamphlet on vog exposure and protection, and updated guidance on how to access resources about vog,” she said.  

Knowledge gained from the study in Hawaii, which has been funded by the British Council, under the Researcher Links initiative, will also be relevant internationally, not only in volcanically active regions but also farther afield, as volcanic gases can travel downwind for many miles.  For example, UK government agencies can draw on the Hawaii study as they prepare for the potential effects of future Icelandic eruptions.

Outcomes of the vog study will eventually be available online through the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network.  IVHHN serves as a clearing house for information on the health impacts of volcanic eruptions and provides detailed information on volcanic gas and particle impacts.
Dr. Horwell is currently meeting with community and agency focus groups on the Island of Hawai’i and, in the coming weeks, will conduct surveys in a number of communities regularly affected by vog, including Volcano, Pāhala, Ocean View and South Kona.

Hawai‘i residents are encouraged to record how they cope with vog on the ‘Vog Talk’ Facebook page established by Dr. Horwell.

Information on when and where community surveys will be conducted between now and the end of March is available on the ‘Vog Talk’ Facebook page or by calling +1-808-967-8809.

For more information about Kīlauea Volcano’s ongoing eruptions, please visit the USGS HVO’s website. Answers to “Frequently Asked Questions about SO2and Vog” are available online

Monday, February 9, 2015

Soul De Cuba Cafe

Check out Soul De Cuba Cafe and enjoy a little taste Cuban. 
Check out Mojitos Tuesdays and enter for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas!!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hawaii - Pacific Islands: LGBT Tourism and Hospitality Symposium

Community Marketing is inviting members of the Hawaii Travel & Tourism Industry to attend the Hawaii/Pacific Islands: LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Symposium on February 12, 2015  from 1.30pm to 6.30pm at the Lotus Honolulu Hotel.

Presenting a comprehensive research, advertising, marketing, and communications forum that will help you better understand and serve LGBT travelers.Audience: 

Perfect for marketing, advertising and PR executives of the tourism and hospitality industries who want to successfully reach LGBT visitors, and initiate or update effective strategies.Gain practical take-aways and new approaches from our own team, and from key Hawaii strategic partners.

Community Marketing & Insights  Proudly connecting our clients with the LGBT communities since 1992!

Clients include the tourism offices of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Chicago, New York City, and many more, plus Hawaiian Airlines, Delta, American, Aqua Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, Starwood, Wyndham, Kimpton and others. Through over two decades of dedicated consumer research, we provide an unparalleled level of insight into the diverse communities that comprise “LGBT,” and assist our clients with results-oriented planning.

Learn, review, update and strategize:

* Review the latest research on LGBT travelers, including our Hawaii study
* Internet and email marketing, social networking, mobile, and other communications technologies
* Exploring regional markets, and how to reach them
* Weddings & honeymoons
* Focus group insights and trends
* Maximizing print ad and PR results
* Direct response marketing outreach
* Proven techniques for measuring, monitoring and improving ROI
* Sponsorship marketing and events, and more!

Symposium runs 1:30pm to 6:30pm, including networking break and wine reception.
1:00-1:30pm Registration, networking.
1:30-3:45pm LGBT Tourism & Hospitality: Research, marketing, case studies and best practices
3:45-4:00pm Networking break
4:00-5:30pm Hawaii/Pacific Islands case studies, marketing channels, connections
5:30-6:30pm Networking wine reception sponsored by Aqua Hotels & Resorts
Registration is available online for this Conference:

* Registration: $45
* Registration by TAG Approved® Hotels and IGLTA members: $25
* Registration by Non-Profit Organizations: $25

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Lunch wagon North Shore, Oahu: Hungry for Peruvian food in Hawaii?

Lunch wagons have been a part of the Oahu food scene for decades, filling laborers, white-collar drones and surfers with local favorites like hamburger steak and chicken katsu. But the mobile kitchen brigade has seen a transformation recently, with people taking cues from the mainland. Today you can get everything from Southern soul food to malasadas from food trucks. This list of the 2015 Top 10 Food Trucks in Hawaii, presented in alphabetical order, will steer you towards the best.

You got to check this one out when visiting the North Shore.
La Concha Fine Peruvian Cuisine De Su Madre.

You find them close to Sharks Cove on the ocean side across Foodland and next to the Fire Station on the North Shore of Oahu.

The food blew my mind.

This was the Ceviche combo  with Peruvian potatoes.
Fresh and mouth-watering, promise !