Gay Travelers Ready for Hawaiian Civil Unions

Author: , November 11th, 2011

Hawaii Civil UnionsLong a destination for weddings, Hawaii extended the aloha spirit this year to civil unions and wedding planners are anxiously awaiting the stroke of midnight on December 31 when LGBT couples take advantage of the new law, which was signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) in February.

On New Year’s Eve, if all goes according to plan, hundreds of LGBT couples will say, “I do,” on Waikiki Beach as fireworks ignite in the sky over Honolulu. Arlei Patterson and her business partner Nancy Wilder of Arlei Style, an event planning business, are organizing Union of a Lifetime, which they’ve been working on for a year.

The three-day event will begin with a sunset rehearsal dinner featuring Hawaiian barbeque. Couples will honeymoon New Year’s Day before finalizing official paperwork January 2 and celebrate with a reception afterwards, said Patterson. “I’m a romantic at heart. It’s just the sweetest thing,” said Patterson, 52, a lesbian.

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