MAUI WEDDING BAGPIPER
Maui is one of the top island destinations in the world, and also one of the top wedding location choices in the USA. However, many people don't realize that there are bagpipers available here on Maui, to add that special Celtic flair to your wedding ceremony and reception.
Mark and Catherine's Maui Wedding
Maui wedding bagpiper Hamish Douglas Burgess is a Scottish piper, available on Maui to play the pipes at your ceremony or reception. Hamish plays the Great Highland Bagpipe and has played many cultural events here on the island for 13 years. He has played many weddings here on Maui, local ones as well as for visitors at hotels (such as the Kapalua Bay Hotel, Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Grand Wailea Resort, Maui Prince and the Fairmont Kea Lani, and on Lanai the Manele Bay Hotel and the Lodge at Koele), and it is appropriate here to mix the beach and sunset ceremony with a piper. Hamish has played ceremonies here that have had Hawaiian musicians, Hula dancers and a bagpiper ! During an hour he can play before, during and after the ceremony, a few tunes at a time.
He wears full formal Highland dress of Prince Charlie Jacket, kilt and plaid, or can be more casual in 1700's style Jacobite attire with open shirt, bonnet, kilt and plaid.
He currently plays for local wedding entertainment companies, Tihati, Envisions, Musical Options, and C.V.P. Entertainment. Maui wedding co-ordinators and ministers that book Hamish include the Rev. Jeffrey Bond, the Rev. Alalani, the Rev. Barry Curl, the Fairmont Kea Lani, A Romantic Maui Wedding, White Orchid Weddings, A Perfect Maui Wedding, I Do Weddings, Apoalewa Wedding Agency, Royal Hawaiian Weddings, Maui Destiny Weddings, Ancient Hawaiian Weddings, Tropical Maui Weddings, Dolphin Dream Weddings, Maui Me, Your Aloha Wedding Company, A Perfect Paradise Wedding, and Priestess Siobhan Halstead (Handfastings). Kauai wedding co-ordinators that book Hamish include Mira Mira Events.
Hamish normally plays 2 nights a week at Fleetwood's on Front St. but is currently away - he plays on the rooftop bar of Mick Fleetwood's (of Fleetwood Mac fame) new restaurant. Following a traditional Hawaiian blessing, oli (chant), and pu'u (conch-shell) blowing, Maui Celtic's own Hamish Burgess opens the evening with slow airs, then uptempo tunes on the Great Highland Bagpipes. Great friendly staff, amazing food, and Mick Fleetwood himself is regularly there to meet people - and you never know if any of his other rock star pals will be there !
Mick Fleetwood and Hamish Burgess
photo courtesy of Tad Craig Photography
Hamish has played bagpipes on Celtic music cruise holidays, at weddings for friends internationally, and for several celebrity weddings, including George Millar (founder of The Irish Rovers), and Angus Mitchell the famous hairdresser (and son of Scotsman Paul Mitchell).
George & Anne Millar's wedding, with his band The Irish Rovers
Thanks to George & Anne for the above Frances Litman wedding photograph.
Hamish is a founding piper of "The Isle of Maui Pipeband", formerly called "The Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums", a non-profit bagpipe band serving the Maui community, and has been a visiting member of "The Cornish Caledonian Pipes and Drums" in the UK. In the summer of 2000, Hamish and Michael Riedel travelled to Scotland to represent Maui and the Hawaiian Islands in "The Millennium Pipe March", where 10,000 pipers and drummers marched through Edinburgh. This was the biggest gathering of pipers ever, and raised money for the Marie Curie Cancer Research charity. The lads were well received in their kilt uniforms and kukui nut leis!
Bruce and Carol-Ann's Maui Wedding
If you are at all interested in a piper in full traditional dress for your wedding, or even casually kilted and barefoot, don't hesitate to e-mail us. There is a charge of $250 per hour for a solo piper to perform at a wedding here on Maui, with a $100 surcharge (travel time), and all travel expenses paid, for other island functions - please call Hamish for a quote at 808-264-5190 or email email@example.com. A $50 deposit will secure your wedding date, which is non-refundable (due to the unlikelyhood of rebooking another wedding at short notice).
Pipers are also available for vow renewals, birthday parties and corporate functions, as well of course for memorial services.
Casual and Barefoot - Liam and Maluhia Cooney wedding on Kauai
In the unlikely event of a family emergency requiring Hamish to leave Maui at the time of a wedding, another good piper will be provided as a stand-in.
Mahalo - Thankyou
Maui Celtic P.O.Box 1323, Lahaina, HI 96767-1323.
Tel 808 264 5190. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
New Hawaii Tartan (Plaid) Apparel is now available to purchase for your wedding !
Sashes, Mini-sashes, and Shawls for the Ladies. Fly Plaids, Sport Kilts, and even Cargo Shorts for the Gents - and Headwraps for all ! Give a gift of Hawaii Tartan to your friends, family and wedding party - you can find these new items in our "Online Store" now ! The history and info about this beautiful tartan, or plaid, is on our 'Hawaii Tartan' page.
"Hamish - you are amazing and made our day so special. Thank you so much !! Cheers !"
Barry & Tamara MacKay - Maui
"Thank you so much from my whole family for making the service for my mother so perfect and special and caring!!!!! We will never forget how much you gave us and our memories will last all our lives long!" - Louise
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