Shaloha Jewish Weddings Hawaii Big Island Marriage

Ulu a'e ke welina a ke aloha - - - "The growth of love is the essence within the soul." (Hawaiian proverb)
  Ani l'dodi ve dodi li - - - "I am my beloved and my beloved is mine." (Song of Songs)


A favorite location for weddings, now you can choose
a Jewish or Jewish-style Wedding Ceremony
here in Paradise!

  Traditional as well as non-traditional wedding ceremonies
for you and your soul-mate, your bashert, in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  Dr. Barry Blum and his wife Gloria perform wedding ceremonies for couples
whether one or both are Jewish or not.

Their service includes elements from traditional Jewish practice as well as Hawaiian traditions.
  The ceremony is in English and depending on your desires,
also includes prayers in Hebrew and Hawaiian, and other languages when requested.

A traditional Jewish wedding takes place under the chuppah (the marriage canopy), the vows are in Hebrew, and with a minyan (a quorum of ten) present, the Sheva Brachot (Seven Blessings) are recited. At the conclusion, the groom breaks the glass. Less traditional weddings may also include these elements or not, tailored to suit your needs.

We can provide the Wedding Service and the chuppah, and we can assist you to find whatever else you may need, from kosher wine to expert videography. We can also provide a Jewish Klezmer Band, a string quartet or almost any other musical ensemble. And if you want an instant family, we can even bring along a whole congregation of guests to attend and kvell over the bride.

The State of Hawaii includes six major islands: Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai. Inter-island travel is usually by commercial airline. Hawaii island (also called "the Big Island") has the largest land area. Kona is on the western side of Hawaii island (the state capital, Honolulu, is located on Oahu, an entirely different island, where Waikiki Beach is found). We prefer to perform weddings on the Big Island where we live but we can travel to other islands by special arrangement.

E-mail us, call us at (808) 326-4192, or send a fax to (808) 329-8583, to discuss your plans. We can then begin to prepare your own wedding ceremony script with the information you provide to us.

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In Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, Barry & Gloria Blum, leaders of the original Golden Gate Gypsies, have formed KONA'S TRAVELING JEWISH WEDDING BAND. With violin, contra-bass balalaika, vocals, keyboard, guitar, clarinet and trumpet, plus other musicians as needed; they play for parties, weddings, anniversaries, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs and other events. As ever, this band is "available for your next affair" with a repertoire of Israeli, Russian, Yiddish, klezmer, freilach and other music of the Yiddish theater, from horas to waltzes and even Japanese wedding songs! Call (808) 326-4192, or fax (808) 329-8583, or e-mail. For smaller events, we can provide a strolling violinist or recommend a classical string ensemble.

If you plan to be in Kona for your wedding, wedding renewal, anniversary, your child's Bat or Bar Mitzvah, or any other simcha, contact us. We can help you make arrangements.


Located on the Kona Coast of Hawaii's "Big Island," Congregation Kona Beth Shalom is the only Jewish congregation in West Hawaii. It is unaffiliated and is open to meet with and learn from all Jewish resources.

The Congregation serves the community with Shabbat Services on the last Sabbath of each month as well as with the observance and celebration of Jewish holidays throughout the year. Dr. Barry Blum, president of the congregation, conducts many of the services, with the assistance of other members and guests.

Shabbat Services are conducted at the Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort on Alii Drive south of Kailua-Kona (telephone 808 322-3441 for directions). Friday evening services begin with candle lighting at around sunset in the "Kalanikai Pavilion." After a short service there is a kiddush and pot-luck supper (no pork or shell-fish please) sometimes followed by a Jewish educational program. On Saturday mornings the service begins at 10 am in the "Secret Garden" area of the resort and ends shortly after noon, followed by a kiddush.

Kona Beth Shalom's official web site can be found at:   Check it out for more information about Jewish activities on the Big Island and elsewhere in the state.

There is no kosher restaurant on the Big Island. In Kona a limited variety of kosher foods are available at Safeway and KTA super markets (including kosher wine) but these are usually just delicatessen items. From time to time kosher chicken or turkey becomes available at Safeway. There's lots of good fresh fruit and vegetables around, and the local fish is delicious. Costco often carries kosher lox. In Hilo, Safeway sometimes carries several kosher products. Delicious fruits and vegetables along with local fish abound.


Barry Blum grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended P.S.152 and Midwood High School. A graduate of Columbia College in New York City, Dr. Blum received his M.D. from the University of Rochester. His surgical internship was at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. After serving two years in the United States Public Health Service assigned to the Peace Corps, he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Stanford Medical Center. He then received post-graduate training at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre at Oxford University in England. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (since 1973) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (since 1977). He belongs to the Hawaii Orthopedic Association, the Western Orthopedic Association, the Union of American Physicians and Dentists and the Hawaii Coalition for Health.

He maintains an active orthopedic surgery practice at Kona Community Hospital in Kealakekua on Hawaii's Big Island. Formerly Chief of Staff at the hospital, he treats people with injuries, illnesses or conditions affecting their bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and/or nerves using surgical or non-surgical methods as required. His practice includes most facets of orthopedics including the care of broken bones, damaged ligaments, torn cartilage, pinched nerves, sprains and strains, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, foot problems, etc. using surgical treatments including knee arthroscopy, total hip replacements, as well as bone surgery, carpal tunnel releases and more.

He can be contacted by writing to Barry Blum, MD, 79-7540 H Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI 96740 or by e-mail.

His hobbies include music and theatrical production. Before moving to Hawaii he was the musical director of the Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra of America and California also known as the Travelling Jewish Wedding (producing a CD and cassette distributed by Rykodisc). In Hawaii, he and his wife Gloria have created the successor to that group called Kona's Traveling Jewish Wedding Band. Kona's Jewish Congregation, Kona Beth Shalom, elected Dr. Blum as their president several years ago and he is active helping to lead Sabbath and holiday services. For over ten years he served on the Board of Directors as president and then on the Advisory Board of the Aloha Performing Arts Center. Dr. Blum is licensed by the State of Hawaii to perform marriage ceremonies.


Gloria Blum is an Educational Consultant. Her teaching credentials include Adult Education, Vocational Training for the Handicapped, General Elementary, and as a Specialist for Physically Handicapped, for Exceptional Children, Developmentally Disabled and Hearing Impaired. She has offered workshops and been the keynote speaker at conferences and meetings throughout the world on the subjects of Self-Esteem, Socialization Skills and Sex Information. She is the principal author of "Feeling Good About Yourself," a Curriculum Guide to Teach Self-Esteem, Socialization Skills and Sex Information to People with Disabilities.

Her hobbies also include music and she was the manager as well as one of the singers and lead dancer of the Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra in San Francisco. Soon after moving to Hawaii she served as president of the Board of Directors of the Aloha Performing Arts Center. Gloria manages and performs with Kona's Traveling Jewish Wedding Band.

Gloria became a consultant for the Hawaii Association for Retarded Citizens at the Kona Krafts Workshop (a sheltered workshop) in Kealakekua, and then served as consultant to its Board of Directors. In 1991, Gloria was the first President of the Board of Directors of The West Hawaii Fund, an Affiliated Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. She was chosen Woman of Distinction for 1995 by Soroptimists International of Kona. For fun, she appears at parties or other events as a Gypsy fortune teller called "Madame Zadora," giving advice on any subject.
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One of the first Jewish Wedding Bands to blossom in California with the early revival of klezmer music, the group included 15 musicians and other professionals. They became extremely popular in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980's and appeared at major concert venues as well as on television. A large group, performing with three cantors (two men and one woman), one Russian operatic soprano plus another female vocalist and dancer, along with 10 instrumentalists, their presentations were well orchestrated and varied. Mickey Hart, one of the Grateful Dead's drummers and a respected ethno-musicologist in his own right, recorded their album which quickly became a classic. It was later released by Hart's 360 Degrees with Rykodisc as part of his music series, The World.

The group still performs in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Hawaii for special events. Contact Robert Blum by e-mail or telephone at (707) 552-6633 to make arrangements in the Bay Area. Some members of the group remaining there now have their own ethnic musical ensembles.

The CD and Cassette distributed by Rykodisc called the GOLDEN GATE GYPSY ORCHESTRA / The Traveling Jewish Wedding (RCD 10105), is sold at major music stores including Borders, Tower Records and, world-wide.
    SONGS: Kalinka, Tumbalalaika, Tov L'Hodot, Hana'ava Babanot, Joshua's Yiddeshe Momme,Oylupnuv Obrutch, Cuando El Rey, Hungarian Dance #5 (Brahms), Trepak, Guitara, Svetyet Myesats, Monti's Czardas.
    INSTRUMENTATION:  violin, balalaika, domra, guitar, Spanish lute, contra-bass balalaika,    accordion, piano, dumbek, tambourine, maracas, plus vocals.

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