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Uptick in Indian weddings a boon for isle visitor industry

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    20130201-5778 BSN HINDU WEDDING Gitika Ahuja and fiancee Rajeev Kaul exchange vows in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. These weddings can last for days and involve endless ritual. At the conclussion of the wedding ceremony, guests shower the couple with flower pedals. The wedding was held on the grounds of the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Kailua. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. FEB. 1, 2013.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    2013 JANUARY 30 BSN Uncle of bride, Dr. Hira Lal Koul, right, prepares a chicken meatball dish called Mtsch. Hawaii caterer Michelle Nakaya, went over Indian foods in preparation for a traditional wedding on Friday. The groom, Rajeev Kaul, is at left. photo by Craig T. Kojima
  • GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
    2013 January 31 BSN - Bride Gitika Ahuja who wed groom Rajeev Kaul combined two important East Indian wedding customs the Mehndi-Ki-Raat (Night of Henna) and a pre wedding day party called the Sangeet, a night of music, song and dance at the Kathy Ireland Estate in East Oahu on Thursday. Here Apurna Siddiqui, left, danced with Gitika. HSA PHOTO BY GEORGE F. LEE
  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    20130131-4601 BSN HENNA Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Hawaii are going after the lucrative Indian wedding market. Indian bride Gitika Ahuja, an ABC producer from New York, is preparing for her traditional Indian wedding. Aitika Ahuja will marry tomorrow and become Aitika Kaul. Atika is getting her hands and feet hennaed. All of her sisters and other girls get it done on their hands just a little bit. Traditionally, the longer the bride leaves it, the deeper the color and the better the marriage. The artist hides the name of the groom in the bride's design and he’s supposed to find it. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. JAN. 31, 2013.
  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    20130201-5024 BSN HINDU WEDDING Gitika Ahuja and fiancee Rajeev Kaul exchange vows in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. These weddings can last for days and involve endless ritual. This is Steven Boyle (of Steven Boyle Design) sprinkling flower pedals on the wedding aisle. Boyle's company is one of many that works on the wedding. The wedding was held on the grounds of the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Kailua. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. FEB. 1, 2013.
  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    20130201-3683 BSN HINDU WEDDING Gitika Ahuja and fiancee Rajeev Kaul exchange vows in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. These weddings can last for days and involve endless ritual. This is the groom coming in on a bedazzled horse that follows a parade of friends and relatives dancing and celebrating. The wedding was held on the grounds of the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. FEB. 1, 2013.
  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    20130201-5276 BSN HINDU WEDDING Gitika Ahuja and fiancee Rajeev Kaul exchange vows in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. These weddings can last for days and involve endless ritual. This is an abridged version for a destination wedding. The groom comes in on a bedazzled horse surrounded by a parade of friends and relatives. The Barrat (Groom's Procession) ends at the symbolic doorstep of the bride's home where the families meet. Esteemed men on both sides of the family exchange a garland and an embrace as a gesture of respect and welcome. This is one of the embraces of two men, one from each side of the family. The wedding was held on the grounds of the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Kailua. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. FEB. 1, 2013.
  • GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
    2013 January 31 BSN - Bride Gitika Ahuja who wed groom Rajeev Kaul combined two important East Indian wedding customs the Mehndi-Ki-Raat (Night of Henna) and a pre wedding day party called the Sangeet, a night of music, song and dance at the Kathy Ireland Estate in East Oahu on Thursday. Here, Apurna Siddiqui, left and her husband Imran Siddiqui of San DIego CA. danced for the couple. HSA PHOTO BY GEORGE F. LEE

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