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Wedding planners say confusion over city’s gathering rules continues

Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 5:05 AM HST|Updated: Sep. 29, 2021 at 10:04 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oahu wedding planners say there continues to be confusion about the city’s gathering rules.

Lauren Carson, co-owner of Weddings of Hawaii, said police came by one of her ceremonies in Waimanalo on Tuesday. That’s despite the event following gathering limits.

“We’re still being told by the officers that we were breaking the law essentially by having illegal weddings,” said Carson. “That just provides a lot of stress on a ceremony, they’ve already cut their guest count.”

Carson said the officers referred to the city’s executive order — which was first imposed in August, then extended in September.

But the city this week on its website clarified that weddings can still operate as long as they follow gathering rules of 25 people outdoors and 10 indoors.

It appears that message isn’t being widely communicated with officers, however.

HPD did not respond to a request for comment on this story. A city spokesperson said the mayor was traveling and so could not provide a response.

Carson said she’s just asking for consistency.

“It’s just hard to funnel down the communication with rules ever changing,” said Carson.

Kawena Opunui owner of Kahiapo Talent has the same frustration. She said police also interrupted a wedding she was officiating last week.

“We want to have the best guideline possible. We want to make sure that we’re not breaking any rules,” said Opunui. “But it seems to be kind of unclear from the perspective of the police officers as to what we’re allowed to do.”

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