Cam & Rex’s Wedding Luau

Last weekend I attended the most beautiful Hawaiian wedding for my cousin Rex and his lovely  wife Cam.

if you watch KITV 4 news, you’re probably familiar with Cam Tran, their weekend weather anchor. Well that would be the bride. And if you’ve ever watched KITV’s highly acclaimed “Mixed Plate” travelogue TV series with Pamela Young, you may have heard her mention her photographer Rex Von Arnswaldt. Well that would be the groom.

So no surprise this event was as much a gathering of KITV (and other local news station) folks,  as it was a wedding with close family and friends.

KITV alumni Pamela Young was the acting ordained minister who wed them…

The wedding ceremony was held on the second floor lanai deck at the Elks Lodge, right on Waikiki beach. A beautiful venue with a million dollar oceanfront view, complete with gorgeous sunny blue skies and trade winds weather to knock it out of the park.

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The bride and groom mix sand from their home towns of Texas and Hawaii…

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After the wedding ceremony, they had “light” pupus provided by the Elks Lodge, including Chicken Satay…

Spring Rolls…

Teriyaki Meatballs…

Veggie Platters…

and Fresh Fruit Platters…

Refreshments included ice water, fruit punch and plantation ice tea…

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Time for the wedding party to jump in the Limo for a photo shoot at a scenic location…

Later that evening, the reception was held mere footsteps from the Elks Lodge up Kalakaua Avenue at the Waikiki Aquarium, also on the oceanfront.

Reception, or what I’d rather call a wedding Luau, as Rex is part Hawaiian, and the food served was mostly Hawaiian. Yay!

Before we eat, we gotta’ loosen up…

IIRC, the beer on tap was Heineken. It was Cab for me.

For the keiki and designated drivers, bottled water, POG (Passion Orange Guava) and Plantation Iced Tea…

Emceeing Cam and Rex’ wedding Luau (reception) were KITV’s Paula Akana and Robert Kekaula….

Everyone’s getting settled in…

The wedding party table…

Time to check out what’s on the menu, starting with the vegetarian station, a special request by the bride.

First up, Cherry Tomatoes and Soft Tofu with Shiso Sauce..

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Wok-fried Choy Sum with Oyster Sauce…

Rice Vermicelli & Vegetable Spring Rolls…

Vegetable Fried Rice…

Vegetable Chow Fun…

Time to head on over to the “mixed plate” station, where there was this stir-fried beef, shiitake mushrooms and vegetables…

Garlic Mochiko Chicken…

Mixed Greens…

And you da’ rules: no matter what or how fancy the cuisine is, when in Hawaii, gotta’ stay get rice…

OK, time for the “gold”, or at least what I consider the highest prized dishes, the Hawaiian food, starting Lomi Salmon…

Ahi Poke…

Tako Poke…

Chicken Long Rice…

Squid Luau…

Kalua Pig tray 1, with all the greasy and tasty fat!…

Kalua Pig tray 2, where the fat’s been drained (auwe!)…

Laulau Pua’a…

Sweet Potato…

Fresh Hawaiian Pineapple…

.Haupia…

And last but certainly not least, POI!…

Still not done, there was a sweets table, sticking with the seashell theme of the wedding with these here cupcakes…

Mochi…

Brownies…

White and Dark Chocolate dipped Pretzels…

Man, what a spread! I don’t where to start! Nah, I do. Straight to the Hawaiian station, stat!

Here’s some sample plates that landed on our table…

Most of the Von Arnswaldt ohana on our table are half German, half Hawaiian, and you can see it in their choice of dishes.

Rice with Hawaiian food… oi.

That plate above has my name all over it, baby!

And? Ah, junk. You don’t want any of this. Go over to the Vegetarian station (that way there’s more Hawaiian food for ME!). No seriously, absolutely BROKE DA’ MOUT’ WINNNAHZ.

Believe it or not, most of the food was catered by Kanak Attack Two (their second location at 1240 N. School Street in Kahili), who are known more for plate lunches. I don’t know who catered the vegetarian dishes, and forgot to ask Rex or Cam.

Everything was seasoned and cooked perfectly, being spot-on authentic to the dish, tasting just as good my favorite Hawaiian spot now over at Highway Inn in Kakaa’ko. And the poi was surprisingly thick for a catered event. Usually they thin it down due to cost, but this poi was like one to two-finger consisently,  not da’ kine 10 fingahz and 5 toes (poi soup). lol  That Haupia was also a standout, reminding of the excellent Haupia at Alicia’s Market.

Also AMAZING was that shoyu-soaked Tako Poke. I gotta’ get that recipe from Rex. One of the best Tako Poke I ever had, and believe me, that was one of the first things to get wiped out.

Live contemporary Hawaiian dinner music was provided by the talented Jeff Rasmussen…

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Oh, one more thing regarding the grindz: that’s right, the wedding cake!…

The orchids are real, not made out of sugar.

I dig the cake topper with their last name on it. Better than the usual plastic bride & groom.

These were the wedding guests table centerpieces…

Patrick, no! Come back! Spongebob will be lonely without you!

When it turned dark, candles were placed in them…

The wedding party table centerpiece…

So Rex is half Filipino from the mom’s side, along with 1/4 German and 1/4 Hawaiian from the Dad’s side (his grandfather and my grandfather were brothers). And what synchronized dance is always performed at Filipino parties?…

If you can’t tell by now, then you my friend have never been to a Filipino party. lol

The beautiful gal (they all are!) in the salmon colored blouse with the yellow flower in her hair is Stacy, Rex’s sister.

Another ritual performed at Filipino weddings is the money grab (or whatever it is you call it), where guests line up and give either the bride or groom money by stuffing it strategically in their “appendages”, and the bride or groom must fish it out with their mouth…

Newlywed Cam Tran-Von Arnswaldt with former KITV weather anchor, Justin Fujioka (now press secretary for Hawaii state Governor Neil Abercrombie)…

“Cam, will you…

…will you get us down from this frickin’ tall @ss Eiffel Tower?! I don’t care if we’re in romantic Paris… you should know by now I’m afraid of heights!”
~ Rex proposing to Cam lol! 

In closing, Cam and Rex, you look like the happiest couple in the world who truly, deeply love each other. All the best on your new life together as husband and wife. What a FANTASTIC wedding!… oh, and da’ grindz was ono ‘kine winnahz, too! :-)