15 Best Hawaiian Songs For Your Seaside Wedding

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Bride and guests posing as Hawaiian wedding songs play


If you’ve recently said, “I do,” congratulations! 

Now, let’s talk about the real struggle amidst the sea of wedding decisions: selecting the best Hawaiian wedding songs. We get it; with so many tunes swaying in the tropical breeze, it’s like trying to find your favourite grain of sand on the beach. 

But worry not, lovebirds!  We’ve handpicked the crème de la crème – the top Hawaiian wedding songs for your seaside ceremony.

No more talking – let’s dive into this list!

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Top Hawaiian Wedding Songs

Hawaiian wedding songs carry the rich cultural heritage of Hawaii, blending traditional elements with contemporary elements.  Each note reflects the lush landscapes, deep-rooted traditions, and the profound sense of love and community that characterize Hawaiian culture.

Our criteria focused on cultural significance, versatility, lyrical meaning, romantic qualities, and audience appeal.

1. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1993)

Start with the iconic medley by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. This timeless rendition seamlessly merges two classics, creating a dreamy atmosphere for your seaside wedding.

2. "Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au)" - Elvis Presley (1961)

Let the King himself serenade your special day with his take on the classic “Hawaiian Wedding Song.” Elvis adds a touch of magic, making this a timeless choice for your celebration.

3. "White Sandy Beach of Hawai'i" - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1993)

Captivate your guests with the soulful voice of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole as he transports them to the serene “White Sandy Beach of Hawai’i.” A great choice for a momentous occasion.

4. "Aloha 'Oe" - Queen Lili'uokalani (19th Century)

Immerse your wedding in history with Queen Lili’uokalani’s classic “Aloha ‘Oe.” This timeless piece adds a touch of regality to your celebration, honoring Hawaiian cultural heritage.

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5. "Island Style" - John Cruz (1996)

Inject a modern, lively vibe into your playlist with John Cruz’s “Island Style.” This contemporary hit brings a celebratory feel, perfectly complementing the traditional choices in your reception.

6. "Beyond the Reef" - Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau (1980)

Explore the hauntingly beautiful melody of “Beyond the Reef” by Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau. This song talks about the essence of love, making it a poetic choice for your seaside ceremony.

7. "Pua Hone" - Hapa (1993)

Delight in the romantic and poetic lyrics of “Pua Hone” by Hapa. This choice adds a moment of quiet reflection, allowing you to savor the love that surrounds your special day.

8. "E Maliu Mai" - Keali'i Reichel (2003)

Experience the emotional depth of Keali’i Reichel’s voice with “E Maliu Mai.” This song holds cultural significance and promises to be a beautiful addition to your wedding ceremony.

Guests partying to Hawaiian wedding songs

9. "Wahine 'Ilikea" - Keola Beamer (1988)

Elevate the elegance of your wedding with the instrumental beauty of “Wahine ‘Ilikea” by Keola Beamer. Let the soothing sounds of the guitar create a refined atmosphere for your celebration.

10. "Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai" - Hapa (1993)

Immerse your guests in the lush imagery of the Hawaiian landscape with “Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai.” Hapa’s masterpiece adds a touch of nature’s beauty to your seaside wedding.

11. "Pupu Hinuhinu" - Dennis Pavao (1996)

Journey into nostalgia with Dennis Pavao’s soulful rendition of the Hawaiian classic “Pupu Hinuhinu.” This choice creates a heartwarming and sentimental atmosphere for your celebration.

12. "Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man" - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1996)

Inject a dose of fun and liveliness with “Maui Hawaiian Sup’pa Man” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. This upbeat choice adds a playful element to your post-ceremony festivities.

13. "Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u" - Olomana (1976)

Discover the authenticity and heartfelt expression in “Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u” by Olomana. This song, rich in cultural roots, promises to resonate deeply with your guests.

14. "Kanaka Wai Wai" - Keali'i Reichel (1994)

Celebrate community and tradition with Keali’i Reichel’s “Kanaka Wai Wai.” This choice fosters a sense of togetherness, adding a communal touch to your wedding celebration.

15. "Henehene Kou 'Aka" - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1993)

Conclude your playlist on a high note with the infectious joy of “Henehene Kou ‘Aka” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. This lively choice sets the perfect tone for a joyous celebration.

How To Choose The Right Hawaiian Wedding Songs

What better way to set the perfect tone than with the enchanting melodies of Hawaiian songs? Selecting the right Hawaiian songs for weddings can be a delightful yet meaningful task. So here are five tips to help you make the best decisions for your big day.

Guests cheering at the reception as Hawaiian wedding songs play

1. Reflect on Your Theme and Atmosphere

When choosing Hawaiian songs for weddings, consider the overall theme and atmosphere you envision for your celebration. Are you leaning towards a traditional Hawaiian wedding or a more contemporary affair with a tropical twist? The songs you select should align with the ambiance you wish to create.

Pro Tip: For a traditional Hawaiian wedding, opt for classics like “Aloha ‘Oe” or “Hawaiian Wedding Song.” If you’re aiming for a more modern feel, incorporate contemporary hits like “Island Style” by John Cruz.

2. Consider the Ceremony Moments

Different parts of your wedding day call for varying emotions and energies. Consider the specific moments during the ceremony, such as the processional, recessional, and vows, when choosing Hawaiian songs for weddings. Each moment can be beautifully complemented by a song that resonates with its significance.

Pro Tip: Choose a soulful and romantic Hawaiian ballad like “Beyond the Reef” for the processional, creating a poignant and emotional entrance. For the recessional, go for an upbeat and celebratory tune such as “Maui Hawaiian Sup’pa Man” to mark the joyous exit.

3. Personalize with Meaningful Lyrics

Infuse personal meaning into your wedding playlist by selecting Hawaiian songs with lyrics that resonate with your love story. Whether it’s a song that captures the essence of your relationship or one that speaks to your dreams and aspirations, choosing songs with meaningful lyrics adds a unique touch to your celebration.

Pro Tip: Consider songs like “Pua Hone” by Hapa, known for its romantic and poetic lyrics, or “Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u” by Olomana, which beautifully expresses a deep connection to a sense of place and belonging.

4. Explore a Mix of Traditional and Contemporary Hits

Strike a balance between tradition and modernity by including both classic and contemporary Hawaiian songs in your wedding playlist. This ensures that your selection appeals to a diverse audience while honoring the rich cultural heritage of Hawaiian music.

Pro Tip: Blend the timeless charm of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” with the modern island vibe of John Cruz’s “Island Style” for a playlist that captures the best of both worlds.

5. Gauge the Energy of the Celebration

Consider the energy you want to evoke during different segments of your wedding. Whether it’s the calm and serene moments during the ceremony or the lively and joyful atmosphere of the reception, the right Hawaiian songs can enhance the overall energy of your celebration.

Pro Tip: Opt for softer, melodic tunes like “White Sandy Beach of Hawai’i” during intimate moments, and inject energy with upbeat songs like “Henehene Kou ‘Aka” during the celebratory aspects of your wedding.

Final Thoughts

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There you have it! We hope we we’re able to help you find the best Hawaiian wedding song with our list. Whether you opt for soulful classics like “Aloha ‘Oe” or add a modern twist with John Cruz’s “Island Style,” the key is to infuse your celebration with the cultural richness and romance of Hawaiian music.

If you’re ready to turn these ideas into reality and need expert DJ services, look no further than DJing.ca! As Canada’s largest DJ company, we’ve handpicked the top 1% of DJs from a pool of over 5,000+. With over 1,000 events under our belt and a maintained 5-star rating, we bring the perfect blend of expertise and enthusiasm to make your wedding day extraordinary. 

Reach out to DJing.ca, and let the music play as you dance into your happily ever after!

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