People sometimes ask, with all you do in art and teaching, why do you officiate weddings?
“I love weddings! They make me happy! I love working with couples. This is deeply personal and fulfilling work and I concentrate on the best experience for each wedding. I love the beloved’s courage and conviction, idealism, passion, and love that brings forth a wedding. I love the stages of traditional ceremonies, and enhancing them with words that reflect now. This feels like such noble, honorable work, bearing witness to and supporting love and optimism. I have the opportunity to make a profound difference in the sparking of a new marriage. I am always humbled and honored to be included in a wedding, elopement, or vow renewal!
Calley O'Neill, dedicated cultural and conservation artist, and well respected yoga/meditation teacher, is a beloved wedding officiant on Hawai’i Island. Calley is all in for every ceremony and goes all out for the couples that she works with. Her enthusiasm and positive energy is contagious, uplifting, and deeply loving. Calley was first asked to help with chanting in a few wedding ceremonies twenty years ago, and she loved the traditional ceremonies so much, that with no more than word of mouth, her special ceremonies became known for their depth of heart, love, joy, meaning, and sensitivity.
Calley has studied with many renowned yoga, qigong, meditation, spiritual, and Hawaiian cultural teachers and leaders over the past forty years. Calley’s studies are ongoing, and her daily morning Full Body Elixir practice has continued unabated for forty years. Calley brings with her a wealth of wisdom, awareness, and deep respect for our host culture, as well as knowledge of mind/boy/spirit practices and integration. Her joie de vie, love and caring for people, her gifts of speaking and reflecting the bride and groom’s best, her deep love of nature and Hawai’i, and her genuine interest in serving to make a positive difference in the world come together in happy, moving, heartfelt ceremonies.
Calley O’Neill, Hawai’i License # 00-104
Calley O’Neill at Puakea Ranch, Kohala, Photo by Shane Fowler