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30 Moments From Hawaii’s First Day Of Marriage Equality That Prove It Really Is The Aloha State

Monday at midnight the first same-sex couples married at the Sheraton Waikiki in Hawaii as it became the 15th state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.

1. When midnight struck and everyone toasted to marriage equality.

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2. When singer Starr Kalahiki performed with pianist John Signor.

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3. When Hawaiian community and culture expert Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu took the stage.

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4. And then performed the stunning opening oli.

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5. When the six officiants for the first set of same-sex couples getting married took the stage and smiled.

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6. When the first six couples were happily married at the same time.

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7. Some cried.

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8. And many smiled.

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9. Then they cut cake together.

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10. When they toasted each other.

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11. And toasted altogether.

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12. When the newly weds fed each other cake.

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Shawna P. Okami and Richard J. Rosehill have been together 32 years.

13. When more couples were married. Just look at that smile.

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14. When this couple put rings on each other’s fingers.

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15. When this couple exchanged vows.

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16. When this couple married.

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17. And then hugged.

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18. And hugged more.

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19. When this couple posed.

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20. And this couple posed.

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21. When this couple walked down the aisle.

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22. When this lady blew bubbles…

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23. When they were pronounced wife and wife.

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24. When they kissed.

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25. And when they were given their marriage license.

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26. When this couple exchanged rings.

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27. When this cake got destroyed.

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28. When this couple married with this smile.

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29. And then exchanged this hug.

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30. And when this couple hugged in front of the Christmas tree.

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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