Made popular by Elvis Presley in the 60’s, this beautiful song was featured in the movie Blue Hawaii
Having never been an Elvis Fan I never really cared much about him or his music until the words of this song planted a seed in my tiny little 7 year old brain, that Hawaii was a very special place.
As a little girl about age of 8, I attended a wedding with my family, in Arizona where I grew up and the theme of the wedding was “Hawaii.” Very strange, living in the desert and all, but despite the fact that I had never been to Hawaii, I felt an instant connection to this music and the place it spoke about. I thought, “When I grow up and get married, my wedding will be like this.” The beautiful Flower leis, The Hawaiian Wedding Song, and the Pineapple punch.
I grew up and got engaged and never thought much about that Hawaiian wedding again, until, the day of my wedding. I felt an overwhelming sense of regret, not that I was about to get married, but that I had completely missed that opportunity I dreamed about as a child. The Hawaiian Wedding Song, the flower leis, the pineapple punch. Like so many dreams we dream, I let go of this one, and went on with my new life.
Many years later, I found myself a single Mom living and working in California. One day got a call from my oldest sister, who now lived in Kauai, Hawaii. She invited me over for a 10 day trip. I’d still never been to Hawaii, but I took less than ½ a second to say yes. She sent me a ticket and I was on my way. I was giddy with excitement, like that little 8 year old that went to that Hawaiian Wedding.
When I arrived on Kauai, I was deeply touched by the overwhelming feeling that I was HOME. To feel at home in a place I had never been before seemed odd to me then, but as I have come to realize, it is not that unusual, many people are touched by Hawaii in much the same way. At the end of my stay, when the Jet left the ground and I watched Kauai shrink as we gained altitude, tears began to stream down my face, I was so happy to have seen this beautiful place, but so sad to be leaving.
I returned about 5 weeks later, and began my new life in Beautiful Kauai.
2 years later I met and married my wonderful new husband, and yes, I did have the Hawaiian Wedding, I dreamed of as a little girl…the little green church in Hanalei, with flower leis, and the Hawaiian Wedding song, and yes, the pineapple punch.
It seems Elvis did have a special message for me. This month he would have celebrated his 75th Birthday, and while I was never an Elvis fan, I appreciate the Man and THIS song.
You can’t have a dream come true, if you don’t have a dream.
Dreams do come true in Blue Hawaii.
This was mine, what is yours?