Hawaii Theme Wedding Resources

Luau Resources

First Name Hawaiian Translations Popular Hawaiian Words & Phrases
Easy to Create Centerpiece, Guest Book Table, and Cake Decorating Suggestions for Hawaii Theme Celebration
Moving to Hawaii Resources Hawaii Research Resources Island Gift Shop Email Us


Click here to view our resources on having a Hawaii theme wedding anywhere!

Click here to view our Luau resources and recipes to have a Hawaii theme celebration anywhere!

Click here to view first name translations into Hawaiian!

Click here to view popular Hawaiian words and phrases!

Click here to view reasources helpful if you would like to move to Hawaii!

Click here for additional resources for information about Hawaii!

Enjoy a mental vacation anytime with our Hawaii Photo Gallery!

Real Tiger Shark Tooth Necklaces from Hawaii! Two sizes available!!
Real Tiger Shark Tooth Necklaces from Hawaii
(2 sizes available)
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Lifelike Silk Plumeria Blooms for Decorating
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Circle of Flowers Wedding Set with Silk Lifelike Plumeria from Hawaii
Circle of Flowers
Wedding Set
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Aloha, we are Mike and Kim Crinella. We have been taken in by Hawaii’s unique history, people, and environment since we visited the islands on our honeymoon in June 1989. We made the 6,000 mile move from Massachusetts to Oahu in April 1993 and immediately took advantage of our new surroundings by becoming avid hikers and snorkelers. We find exploring the unique marine and rainforest environments fascinating and we are always striving to learn more about what we were looking at.


In 1998 we first started off with alohafriends.com which hosted information about Hawaii as well as information on things to do. We created it for our friends and family to use when planning their visits to see us and to learn about our lives in Hawaii. We started getting emails from a lot of people that found our web site who were visiting Hawaii or wanting to move to Hawaii or had a Hawaii related question. We began to expand our resource pages to include more information based on what people were sending us emails seeking.


Since our move to the islands we have enjoyed learning about Hawaii's history through books, people we meet, and visiting historical sites around all the islands. Since moving to the Hawaiian Islands in 1993 we have explored each island: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island of Hawaii, some only once and some many times. In 1998 we enrolled in the State of Hawaii Tour Guide Certification course at Kapiolani Community College and passed with very high marks. This course covered Hawaii’s unique cultural and natural history. Our studies covered from the time the first island was formed to modern times. We found it so enlightening to understand why places were given a certain name, what Hawaii was like prior to human arrival, what life was like for ancient Hawaiians, the history of the Royal Family, and lots of other interesting information. We are both State certified Tour Guides. We really enjoyed this class and found the information we learned useful.
We also were both weekly volunteers at the Waikiki Aquarium, Kim for over 7 years and Mike for over 5 years. We learned a lot about Hawaii's unique marine life through classes and literature provided by the Aquarium. We both worked in interactive exhibit called "Edge of the Reef" where we could show and tell visitors more about what lives in different parts of the reef.
We both have the philosophy that learning is something you do your entire life so we are always looking to learn more about the things we are passionate about, like Hawaii. We enjoy reading books about Hawaii flowers, plants, trees, birds, insects, legends, cultural information, hiking trails, vacation hot spots, etc.

We would often get emails from people visited our web site who wanted something from Hawaii or who wants to send a gift from Hawaii to someone. We decided to start an online Island Gift Shop where we could assist people in enjoying or sharing treasures from Hawaii. We registered our business name as "A Friend in the Islands" in January 1999. From that time until January 2016 we assisted over a hundred thousand people in all 50 states and all over the world enjoy and share treats and treasures from Hawaii. Our Island Gift Shop was the sole sponsor this website and allowed us to share our love and knowledge of many things Hawaii. Sadly since the economy crashed in 2008 our business has never recovered and we had to close our Island Gift Shop business and get other jobs.

We have received thousands of emails and compliments from our website users and clients over the 17 years of being in business about how useful our websites are and how much they loved the products and services we provided them. We personally created this website ourselves. We did not have anyone create this for us. After investing thousands of hours of research and development of our Hawaii information websites we find it very difficult to close them down. For now although we have closed the Island Gift Shop we will continue to keep the Hawaii information websites, however, we will not be updating information on the websites.

We hope you enjoy the Hawaii related information and find it entertaining and useful.

Aloha~ Mike & Kim

Easily create a

Tips and Suggestions Easily create a Hawaii Theme Wedding Anywhere!
Reception Decorating Suggestions Photographs of decorating suggestions to easily create Hawaii theme centerpieces, guest book tables, and wedding cakes.
Hawaii Wedding Planner Resource to assist in planning a Hawaii Theme Wedding.
Vow Suggestions   Hawaii Theme wedding vow suggestions.
Lei Exchange Ceremony Suggestions for adding a lei exchange ceremony to the wedding.
Candle Unity Ceremony Suggestions for adding a Hawaii theme candle unity ceremony.
Sand Unity Ceremony Suggestions for adding a Hawaii theme sand unity ceremony.
The Lords Prayer The Lords Prayer in Hawaiian.



Host a Luau Tips and suggestions to easily host a Hawaiian Luau anywhere!
Decorating Suggestions Photographs of decorating suggestions to easily create Hawaii theme centerpieces, guest book tables, and wedding cakes.
Hawaii Theme Christmas Party Ideas Games, recipes, and fun ideas for a Hawaii theme Christmas party.
Add some Aloha to your Thanksgiving gathering!Hawaii Theme Thanksgiving Dinner Full menu with recipes for creating a Hawaii theme Thanksgiving dinner.
Popular Luau Recipes Recipes to create the most popular luau appetizers, main dishes, sides, and beverages.
Imu Pit How to create and cook using a traditional underground Imu pit.
First Names Translations Resource of first name phonetic translations into Hawaiian.
Words & Phases Popular words and phrase translated into Hawaiian.
Game Ideas Fun Hawaii theme game ideas.
Hawaiian Radio Listen to Hawaiian radio stations online.



Hawaii FAQ Answers to frequently asked questions about Hawaii.
Sharks Information on sharks found around the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaii Research Resources for students and anyone else doing research about Hawaii.
Move to Hawaii Resources for anyone considering moving to Hawaii.
Hawaii Travel Tips Tips for anyone planning a visit to the Hawaiian Islands.
Hula Moves Learn how to dance the hula.
Grow Pineapple Pineapple growing tips and fun facts.
Make a Flower Lei Instructions on how to make a flower lei.
Play a Ukulele Learn how to play a ukulele.
Virtual Hawaii Hawaii photo gallery with photos taken around the Hawaiian Islands.
About Us More about who A Friend in the Islands is.

Disclaimer : This page was created by and is maintained by Mike & Kim Crinella. All information, graphics, and photos contained in this web site are property of Mike & Kim Crinella. If you would like to contact us with questions, orders, or to notify us of any problems while navigating through our site please email us at afriendintheislands@gmail.com

We are NOT affiliated with any activity provider or services! We are concerned with the quality of our suggestions and welcome positive and negative feedback about our suggestions and our web site. We, Mike and Kim Crinella, and our company, "A Friend in the Islands", will not be held responsible for any accidents, loss of property, or any other misfortunes associated with information provided on this web site. 

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