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A Conch Shell at Wedding Symbolizes Something Special

Rev. A.Mauricio sounds the “Pu”… In Hawai’i blowing the 8x10 Conch Shell  traditionally announces that something special is about to begin… in this case the marriage of Jessica and Nick for whom Rev. A.Mauricio was the Officiant.  Their wedding took place on June 22, 2013 at the Vellano Country Club in Chino Hills.


“O’pea” is the Hawaiian form of hand-fasting… the cords for binding were made with the leaves of the sacred ti plant.  Rev. A.Mauricio recited a Hand Blessing as part of this moving ritual.


Rev. A.Mauricio with the new Mr. and Mrs.   In addition to the Hawaiian elements representing Jessica’s cultural roots, the “lasso (symbolizing unity)” and “arras (exchange of coins)” were incorporated into the ceremony to represent Nick’s Mexican heritage.  Among his areas of expertise are InterCultural and InterFaith wedding ceremonies.


8x10 with Jessica & Nick 8x10 Ope'a - Hand Binding

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