Sara's Wedding in Hawaii

Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
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Cabin In the Tree Line

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Monday, September 21, 2009

FANTASTIC!!  What else can I really say? 

Zac and I flew to Kona, HI from San Fransisco meeting up with my other son, Mercury and his wife, Carlee at the Kona airport.  They had to wait for us for a couple of hours .... bummer but it worked out to be the best way for us all to rent a car and get our groceries and get to our Cabin all together!!

We arrived at the "Cabin In The Tree Line" vacation rental in Hawi, HI.  Ariel, my niece met us at the cabin a few hours later making our group complete. This cabin was soooo perfect for us and our needs we would definitely rent again!  Here is the info in case any of you readers get the chance to go to the North point of the Big Island.

www.vacationhi.com   email address: cwej@vacationhi.com  tele: 808-884-5105

My brother, Reed and his wife, Anna have been dreaming of a home in Hawaii for many years.  They began making their dream a reality when they bought land in Hawi (pronounced "Havi") in 2000.  They began building in 2007.  Reed travels to China and Mexico besides other exotic places, extensively and Anna has gotten to go along a few times over the years.  They allowed the influence of these wonderful countries to infiltrate their ideas and designs.  Reed organized for a container and filled it with amazing furniture, concrete baths, pottery and doors, roofing tiles...etc...it goes on and on.  They managed to add all these marvelous appointments into a lovely mix including Anna's Swedish heritage and Reed's farmer/engineer style.  It all works to make a magically beautiful, easy to live in home that is cozy for a few people yet can accommodate a hundred with grace.  Totally fabulous!!

Reed and Anna have two wonderful daughters, Sara and Emily.  Sara fell in love with Rob and so did all of us!!  We are all so pleased to welcome Rob into our huge family!!  The wedding being a destination wedding, they may have assumed many folks would say, "thanks but I really can't make it that far".... instead....everyone said, "yes, wouldn't miss it for the world"!!  People love Reed and Anna and their girls!!!  To meet them is to love them.

To make the commitment to go to Hawaii more reasonable we all stayed for a week.  Longer would have even been better!  Staying in our own house with our own kitchen and yard and sheep and horses was super.  We were only 1/2 mile from Reed's house so we could walk over to see what was going on, get wifi and see what we could do to help get things ready for the big day!!!   Let the pictures take you through our stay in the cabin and visits to beaches and cliffs and valleys.  Awesome beyond words!!

Getting to catch up with family and meet new friends is one of the best things about weddings--- at this wedding it happened in spades!  I hope to keep in touch with some of my new friends as we go around in our RV we can hook up in common places.  There were the usual wedding exaggerations of drinking, dancing and general whooping it up....all in Technicolor  for personal stories!  Reed, Anna and Sara organized events for us all to join which helped people get out there and experience, for instance, Zip lining or golfing or hiking down a steep path to a black sand beach that they may have not done without the nudge out the door. 

My fellow cabin folk did not need nudging!  We all went to beaches and valleys and cliffs and surfer spots and bars, and stores etc etc etc...fantastic!  I begged out of only one main hike and I wish I had done that too!  The family and friends joined in Anna and Reed's activities by volunteering wherever they could to bring their expertise to the wedding.  The flowers were arranged by Chris, Denyse and Kathy who were the professionals among us while Ray, Mercury, Jodie and Zac, Lee and Darcy all took direction and helped out.  That is only one example of what a wonderful group effort Anna allowed and got this all to be.  The food, the decor the BBQ and the ceremony was all a group effort in some way.  I thought it all meaningful and beautiful.  Weddings are social and community as well as spiritual and legal.  The community/social part happened big time!   The ceremony was performed by a Spiritual leader in Hawi along with his assistant.  It was beautiful.  Including hula dancing afterward!  With Anna's amazing ability to stay organized, calm and focused and Reed's ability to have even, unflagging energy and just keep getting things done combined with both of their visions as directed by Sara.....it was a stage production!  

I could go on about every aspect of this Hawaiian wedding in the hills...but then I might lose some readers.....just know that everything was more wonderful and more interesting and more delicious than I can write!!

It was one of the wedding greats to be remembered forever!  I believe it was a strong and true send off to a strong and true couple who will share in life for the rest of their days. 
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