The only chapel in Wailea, the Seaside Chapel is known as Hawaii’s most romantic chapel. It captivates all dreamers with its classic elegance. The New-England-style chapel with its stained glass windows and a clock tower seems to float on the pond surrounding it, which flows from the Japanese garden via a number of waterfalls. The pond’s water lilies and koi add color.
Rustic red oak floors, warm sapele mahogany walls, complemented with richly burnished cherry pews and altar, invite restful reverence. Three enchanting chandeliers of 17th century design, meticulously handcrafted at the Murano glass works in Venice, Italy hang like exquisite earring from an airy vaulted ceiling.
Every wall is alive with a magnificent stained glass mural, each depicting scenes of traditional life. Entitled “Beginnings,” the stained glass were created specifically for the Seaside Chapel by local artists Yvonne Cheng and symbolize the start of a new life for the bride and groom.
Front Panel: Two women surrounded by hanging heliconia and bird of paradise blossoms. The woman on the left wears a royal ‘ilima lei while the other is adorned with lei made from the feather of mamo or o’o bird. Above the chapel door is the wedding couple. In addition to a feather head lei, the bride’s neck is adorned with a lei Niho Palaoa. The lei Palaoa is a highly prized pendant carved from a whale’s tooth into a shape of a hook and fastened to stands of braided human hair.
Rear Panel: A trio of women, wearing traditional kapa, or tapa garments. The center individual holds a gourd vessel, while her companions carry bowls made of koa wood. The white flowers are fragrant Plumeria blossoms and the plants in the foreground are taro for making poi, a staple in the Hawaiian diet.
Left Panel: A spear-wielding warrior, clad in a malo (loincloth), cape and Mahiole helmet. Behind him, a woman wearing an ‘ilima head lei presents an offering in a koa bowl, while another, adorned with feather lei, chants for the God’s blessing
Right Panel: Three Hawaiian wahine perform a traditional hula. The one in the background beats a drum carved from a coconut tree log covered with shark skin. As the seated woman beats her gourd hula drum, the dancer performs hula. Rich green to plants and hibiscus flowers complete the scene.
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