Meet Hawaii Families


Mark and Ryan: Tell Hawai`i Our Love Matters

September 11, 2013

Ala Moana, Hawai`i For most couples, wedding planning is a time of joy, hope, and the promise of a bright future together. Families come together, friends show their support, and excitement builds for months. For Mark and Ryan Manz however, this was not the case. Living in California at the time, the couple would be [...]


Elena & Theresa

August 23, 2013

In 2003, Elena and Theresa met in Washington, DC and finally started dating after a series of missed connections. It only took one serendipitous connection to put them on their shared journey. They were drawn to the differences in one another — Elena is an extrovert, Theresa is an introvert — but they’re relationship is [...]


Bradley & Erik

August 20, 2013

Bradley and Erik met online and took things slow. They waited more than six months to have their first date, but it was worth the wait. That first evening together was the beginning of their family. Now, it’s been more than 5 years, and Erik and Bradley’s family includes their son, Aiden, three dogs, and [...]

Eila and Holly

Eila & Holly

August 16, 2013

In March of 2005, Eila and Holly stood up in Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, and pledged to love and take care of each other forever. They were united in marriage — and although they brought their commitment home to the United States, their legal marriage didn’t make the trip from Canada. Because in Hawaii, [...]

Donna and Monica

Donna & Monica

August 15, 2013

Donna and Monica met in 1978, and they’ve been together ever since. For 35 years, they’ve built their lives together, right here in Hawaii. Monica and Donna were both born and raised in the Aloha State. Although most of Monica’s family has moved away, Donna’s extended family — her two sisters, nephews, and nieces — [...]

Keola and Ethan

Keola & Ethan

August 14, 2013

Keola, who was born and raised in Hawai`i, and Ethan, a transplant from Boston, have been together for nearly six years. Like many couples, they have a furry family — with two cats and a dog that bring them hours of laughter and joy (and sometimes angst). They’re involved in their community — with Keola [...]



Chuck is one of dozens of business leaders who are voicing their support for the freedom to marry in Hawaii. As the owner of Maui Sunseeker, an LGBT resort, Chuck works daily with committed same-sex couples who come to the islands to reconnect and reaffirm their love. He’s seen many families come back again and [...]


Paki & Zan

Paki and Zan have built a home with their daughter, three dogs, lots of cats, many birds, geckos, and Jackson chameleons living primitively in a beautiful Hawaiian forest illuminated by love. The couple met at a Music Festival nearly 25 years ago. They became friends, fell in love, and have spent their lives together ever [...]

Reka and Lynne

Réka & Lynne

Just over 19 years ago, Réka and Lynne met at a Country-Western Dance night. After several missed connections, they hit it off, and they’ve been together ever since. Today, their family includes one adorable kitty — and loved ones both near and far. Much of Lynne’s family lives on Oahu so time together is plentiful [...]


Joshua & Johnathon

The military has taken Joshua and Johnathon all over. Since meeting in 2001, they’ve lived together in Seattle, Alaska, Texas, and Hawaii. Joshua is an Army doctor specializing in internal medicine and infectious disease; he helps run the internal medicine residency training program at Tripler Army Medical Center. Johnathon is a GI nurse at Tripler [...]