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Posted on Jul 4, 2013 | 6 comments

4th of July on Maui

4th of July on Maui

Happy 4th of July from AfterGlobe! We can’t believe how quickly this past year has flown by. It seems like only yesterday, we had just received our marriage license and we’re just starting to greet our wedding guests on the beautiful island of Maui.

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Kimmy models the latest fashion in swim- The multicolored flower swim cap

Celebrating 4th of July on Maui

We thought the 4th of July would be the perfect day to kick-off our wedding extravaganza by inviting all of our wedding guests with a welcome party. We started with some time at Baldwin Beach, relaxing, swimming, and catching some waves.

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The landscape of Baldwin Beach in Paia, Hawaii has greatly changed since large tree trunks have washed up on shore. An aftermath of the tsunami that hit Japan?

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Lovely abandoned buildings on Baldwin Beach. Does anyone know what they use to be? We are guessing a snack bar or restaurant.

Hawaiian 4th of July Dinner

After all of the fun in the sun, we asked our friends and family to join us for a Hawaiian dinner back on the lanai. We served kalua pork, chow fun noodles, a salad of organic spring mix, tropical fruits and papaya poppy seed dressing, taro and Hawaiian sweet bread rolls, tropical fruits and some of our favorite local snacks like Hurricane Popcorn. We loved introducing almost everyone to one of our favorite local snacks, Li Hing Mui!

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Li Hing Mui, one of Kimmy’s favorite Hawaiian treats!

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Drew serving up some Hawaiian grindz.

With everyone happy and full on Hawaiian grindz and tropical drinks, we handed out welcome bags to help make their time on Maui more enjoyable. The welcome bags included all the little things that you may need while traveling that you don’t think of, as well as Hawaiian drinks and treats. We were then all treated to one of Hawaii’s famous rainbows.

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Welcome bags were one of our favorite things we gave to wedding guests for our destination wedding on Maui.

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Each destination wedding welcome bag was catered to the guest with items like an emergency kit, macadamia nuts, Hawaiian sea salt, and Waialua sodas.

Parrots in Palm Trees

As nighttime fell, we walked our wedding guests out to the beach where we would be getting married in just a few short days. To our surprise, we were greeted by a beautiful macaw parrot in the palm trees. It flew over to Drew and I, landing in the palm tree directly above us. We took it as a good sign. How could you not?

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Kaua Cove, the location for our wedding ceremony.

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Blue and yellow macaw parrot landed directly above us. So much fun!

Light Painting for 4th of July

Once it got dark enough, we handed out sparklers to our guests for a little 4th of July fun! What’s the 4th of July without sparklers? Boring, that’s what it is!

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The 4th of July sparkler packets we made for everyone were a hit!

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Have you ever done light painting? It’s a great photography trick to use on the 4th of July!

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Light painting while spelling words is hard! You have to spell it backwards! Can’t believe how awesome Amanda, our daughter, was able to spell the word LOVE for us.

Not much could top our 4th of July on Maui. We look forward to celebrating in Hawaii, again in the future.

Have you ever celebrated the 4th of July on Maui?

All photos are provided by our amazing photographer, Sara Sanger © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. Wow, what a magical night … and the “love” light painting is incredible! Happy 4th, and soon-to-be anniversary!
    Wendy recently posted…It was love at first write…My Profile

    • Thanks, Wendy and welcome to AfterGlobe. It was a fun night, indeed!

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