phil + anna
July 7 2018
Waialua, Oahu, Hawaii
These days, when we get interviewed about how we started our band, we often tell folks that we met in a karaoke bar. While that's certainly a convenient place for a musical duo to meet, it actually started a few months before that.
Phil went out on a limb and tagged along to a Halloween Party with his friend Tammy (Anna's classmate from grad school). Dressed up like an 80's rocker and Little Bo Peep, respectively, Phil and Anna were introduced in passing. For some silly reason Phil decided to depart the party to head downtown for another event, only to be turned back to higher ground due to a tsunami warning.
Seriously. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Don't believe us? See below.
Returning to the high ground of the Halloween Party, Phil and Anna reconnected. A few months later she invited him to her birthday party at a local karaoke bar, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Over the intervening six years we have traveled the world, started a band, recorded an album, played in front of sold-out crowds of over 1,000 ... oh and also established quasi-adult lives and careers somewhere in the mix.
You have each played a pivotal role in getting us to where we are today, and we're so excited that you'll be sharing in the adventures to come.
July 7 2018
Guests arrive at 4:30 pm at Dillingham Ranch (68-540 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791).
Here's an image of the entrance to Dillingham Ranch. You'll take a left into the entrance and drive straight for 1/2 mile until you cross a small bridge. The venue is just past the bridge.
Ceremony begins promptly at 5:00 pm.
Please note that we're having an unplugged ceremony - that is, no phones or cameras, please!
6:00 pm at Hawaii Polo Club (68-411 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791)
To get to the reception, simply exit the way you came in, take a left, and drive 1/2 mile down the road. The Polo Club will be on your right:
Semi-formal; most of the wedding and reception will be on the grass, so plan your footwear accordingly!
While hotels abound on the south shore of Oahu, driving to Waialua (on the map below, just west of Haleiwa and south of the red helicopter) will take you around an hour from Waikiki. We suggest staying along the North Shore! It's where we go to get away from the hum of the "city" (Honolulu!).
Turtle Bay $$$
This is the one and only resort on the North Shore, and well worth the price, in our opinion (we're biased though, because it's where we got engaged!). Home to Surfer The Bar where we play music a few times a year. 30 minute drive to wedding venue.
Generally a great option as long as you stick with highly rated listings. Contact us if you need advice on what areas to focus on. Anything between Waialua to the west and Kahuku to the east is a good bet! This referral link will get new users $40 off!
VRBO/HomeAway $$ - $$$$
Great option for groups of guests wanting to rent a house together.
45 minute drive to wedding venue. Located in Laie (see Polynesian Cultural Center on map above), which is central to most North Shore sites. Tends to be considerably less expensive than Turtle Bay, and does not include resort frills. Consider taking advantage of a credit card deal to get free nights here!
Travel + Getting Around
Book your flights into Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). Most major carriers fly into HNL. All else being equal, we recommend booking with Hawaiian Airlines, who flies direct to HNL from most Pacific Rim airports. US East Coast folks may enjoy their direct flight from JFK! Consider the Hawaiian Airlines credit card to help defray the flight cost. Also, if you book with Hawaiian Airlines and use the coupon code WED00006323B you'll get 5% off your fare!
If booking with other carriers, consider a travel rewards credit card. A shortlist of current offers can be found here.
We highly suggest renting a car for the entirety of your stay on Oahu.
What To Do On Oahu
We hope you'll make our wedding an excuse to spend some time on Oahu! Here are some suggestions for places to visit, eat and drink:
Moku Kitchen ($$)
Agu Ramen ($)
Mahina and Suns ($$$)
Elephant Shack Thai Food (Haleiwa) ($$)
We're so lucky to be able to spend our wedding day with all of our friends and family; your presence is truly all the present we need. Because we have already bought a (tiny) apartment, we have most of our basic household consumer goods covered! If you'd like to get us a gift to celebrate, we've created a registry fund that we'll use to enjoy our honeymoon and a few other big ticket adult items.
After the Wedding
On Sunday July 8th, please join us at Camp Mokuleia (68-729 Farrington Hwy., Waialua HI 96791) from 1pm until sunset for an informal beach BBQ. Please bring a pupu or main dish to share. Our BBQ location is right next to a sandy beach perfect for swimming, surfing, and snorkeling.