Hey There!! I just wanted to throw in my two cents as well.....I JUST had my marriage ceremony done by Captain Howie and his crew and I cannot say enough GOOD things!! We had both my husband's and my own immediate families out for the occasion ( 17 people to the event) and everything turned out perfect. We had our ceremony on Angel Bay Beach and pictures taken in Pukalani Falls and on the Beach. I can tell you from experience that Wade is an awesome make up artist/hair stylist (I have never looked so good!!) and the photographer was wonderful. I do understand your hesitation on Captain Howie as I had heard the same things and he is NOT for everyone as he often states on his own website. However, if you are looking for maybe a more traditional Reverand (which was a concern of mine), you can request Reverand Rich who dresses a little more conservative and he puts together a wonderful vow exchange/homily. Both sets of our parents were pleased, which we thought was important as both of our parents are a little more conservative. We are glad that we went with Reverand Rich as he seemed very genuine. In my opinion, after having met Captain Howie as well....he seemed more like a business man to me. However, with that being said--he does have a great business at that. Everything will be organized and you will be stress free if you go with Above Heaven's gate.
In addition to recommendations.....my husband and I hosted a reception dinner at the Orchid Restaurant at the Halekulani Hotel following our ceremony. This place was AWESOME. I highly recommend it....they have a wedding menu and will cater to you--GREAT SERVICE & FOOD. There is also a bar called House without a Key right next door (same hotel) that over looked the Ocean....so what we did was have cocktail hour there (you dont need reservations and they had live music and a beautiful sunset) and then walked right over to our dinner reservation at the Orchid. Our table was located partially outside overlooking a beautiful lawn and ocean with diamond head in the back ground--we were still right next to House without a Key so we got some background music as well. Also, they did our cakecutting right on the lawn, which made for some neat pictures. Again, wonderful wonderful wonderful!! Lastly, following our dinner, we went out for drinks...which was easy peasy as the Halekulani is located next to everything including the Trump Hotel, the Shorebird, Dukes and etc.
I can send you more information/pictures if you are interested! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy wedding planning!!!