Minister Michael, Officiant,State Lic.

Kapolei, HI

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I have a gentle caring nature and are genuinely interested in the happiness of the couple I am committing. I like to think of them as joining the island Ohana. Non-religious but spiritual ceremonies are becoming the norm. I write vows that adhere to that yet are still spiritual. As a former police chaplain I have joined our military heroes in matrimony and other public service firemen, police officers and other first responders. I am also aware that a non-religious ceremony is one that allows the bride and groom to make themselves and their relationship with each other separate from their spiritual beliefs. I get that.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The people I meet and places we go and share their special moment. I have befriended many and have blessed their first home and baptized their children. I have eulogized their beloved parents and grandparents as well during times of loss.
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Location

Kapolei, HI 96707

Background check

Complete

Years in business

11

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

30

Reviews

17 Reviews
  • Sarah R. Jul 28, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Minister Michael was incredible! Great personality, so knowledgeable about Hawaii... so thrilled to have found him to perform our ceremony!
  • Mai S. Feb 9, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Beautiful Ceremony
    Reverend Michael did a wonderful job performing our ceremony. He was professional, welcoming, and very helpful. We wanted a simple traditional ceremony, yet he made it very special for the both of us that fitted our personalities. We were running a bit late to start the ceremony but he had no problem staying late. Reverend Michael projected very well without having to yell and did not have to use a mic. We had a beautiful ceremony. It was a pleasure working with him. We highly recommend Reverend Michael to help make your big day complete and worry free.
  • Lisa O. Jan 16, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Gronowski wedding
    Minister Michael performed a beautiful ceremony, & made it special with a lei exchange and salt water ring blessing. I would highly recommend him.
  • Patricia G. Nov 27, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Perfect Choice!
    We really enjoyed working with Minister Michael. After a few exchanges we knew without a doubt that we'd found the right person for our wedding. We’ve both lived full lives and wanted someone to perform our ceremony that understood what that meant. Minister Michael was very responsive, made the effort to understand who we were as individuals, what brought us together as a couple and what we wanted in a ceremony. The ceremony he wrote for us was perfect. We would not have changed a thing. We highly recommend Minister Michael!
    Michael F. Dec 30, 2016

    You are a wonderful couple who are truly blessed to have found each other! Both amazing in your own right. We'll stay in touch. Hope that grandchild was born before you all had to leave. Blessings, Michael

  • Noah D. Nov 15, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Noah D.
    We would recommend Michael. He took care of us. He blessed our home and was very accommodating with our marriage service. Much Mahalo.
    Michael F. Nov 15, 2016

    Aloha Noah & Ashley, Thank you for honoring me with being part of your day. You are a wonderful, kind couple. It was great meeting your family, blessing your new home and going to the beach to get married. And I wish you all the best there is! - Michael Ferreira Who will be my next couple?

  • William R. Oct 31, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    You couldn't ask for a better officiant!
    Michael was awesome!! I was worried about being out of state and planning our wedding in Hawaii, but Michael was very easy to coordinate and work with over the phone. He was very patient, covered every option available for the ceremony, and was always available whenever I had a question. We opted for a simple ceremony, and Michael was able to keep it simple but make it very special. During the process of lining up everything, he asked us questions to get to know us, our interests, and our life together up to that point. Our ceremony was catered to us, with little pieces and anecdotes here and there, that made it uniquely special to my bride and me. Highly recommended!!
    Michael F. Nov 3, 2016

    Aloha, I found a camera card that has photos my assistant took of the ceremony. I am combining it with some others from an ancient Hawaiian palace where royalty once married and am creating a mashup slide show for you. I'll send it soon! I really enjoyed your families too!

  • Lyberty P. Oct 14, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Incredible!
    Minister Michael did an amazing ceremony for us! He was accommodating and informative. Perfect for a stress free wedding! His words were beautiful and he is definitely a people person. Thank you!
  • Pablo T. Oct 9, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    He's awesome
    Michael was extremely helpful with us because we're newbies when it comes to getting married. Very patient with us and answered all our questions. Very accommodating and very flexible. It was an absolute pleasure to have him perform our ceremony
  • Wendy N. Oct 1, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    You want this man...
    We couldn't be happier with the ceremony that Michael wrote for us and the service he provided on the day. He had such wonderful suggestions and even recommended our photographer, who was also fantastic. Thank you just doesn't seem adequate for the memories he has given us.
    Michael F. Oct 2, 2016

    Aloha Wendy and Randall, A long flight from Australia, kids and relatives in tow and a wedding. There should be a reward for that. Actually there was. It was each other! A little rain, a few tears, sharing it with the kids made for a great day. It's not often I choke up a little but seeing how happy you all were was priceless. Anthony my photographer is truly an artist with the camera. The ceremony lasts but a few minutes, he memorializes it to last forever. I look forward to seeing you all here again on the next trip. G'day!

  • Katinka M. Sep 30, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Eloping with Michael as officiant
    Michael was great from the start, he made the whole elopement process easy and way less complicated than I thought it would be. Although small and quick it was so special and we couldn't have pulled it off without Michaels experience, knowledge and attention to detail. Thank you so much!
    Michael F. Oct 2, 2016

    Aloha Katinka, I know quite a bit of the time I don't meet my bride and groom until they arrive on island but I thought I was marrying celebrities when the two of you walked up to me on the beach. The weather held just long enough to get through the ceremony and your photographer was able get some great pictures of the two of you. Rain is what we call "Blessings" here and the two of you now have many.

  • Lauren F. Sep 6, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Outstanding
    Michael was beyond what I expected! My husband is in the military and I was visiting the island for a week so we had a very limited time to get married and get everything processed! Being my first marriage and the circumstances I had a lot of questions and Michael was great at answering them. He gave us exactly what we wanted and we will be forever grateful!
    Michael F. Oct 2, 2016

    Lauren, I was honored to put something together for you quickly and reasonably without compromising the magic of the moment. Sunsets there are great and you have wonderful friends supporting you.

  • Nichol A. Jun 1, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Thank you Michael for doing such a wonderful job. Everything ran pretty smoothly. I will definitely recommend you to others that are looking for an Officiant. Thank you again!
    Michael F. Oct 2, 2016

    Aloha Nichol, Having known you a short while from my Doctor's office seeing some of your co-workers at the ceremony was special. You were the talk of the office later. I'm sorry to see you go since your husband transferred off island but you are sure to be an asset wherever you go work next. Stay in touch.

  • Larry D. May 31, 2016
    My parents renewed their vows for their 50th wedding anniversary after celebrating on a dinner cruise off Honolulu. It was a surprise to them when Michael showed up. We didn't tell them we had some vows written for them. Michael officiated poolside with the exchange of the Lei, re-blessed the rings in a koa bowl full of seawater to cleanse away the hard times and refresh anew their future of good times. Even my small son was able to participate. Michael played the "Hawaiian Wedding Song" then the top ten hits from 1966. He made the day extra special for all of us, my Mother and Father most of all. They truly deserved it.
    Michael F. May 31, 2016

    Thank you Larry. It was very special a gift to give to your parents who have come a long way. Your son is wonderful, the day was great. If your mother is so inclined, perhaps she can add a few words here to help others having an anniversary and contemplating renewing vows or getting married for the first time. Everybody's opinion counts here. Your parents were looking as in love now as when they probably were the first time around. Blessings to you all.

  • Lisa B. May 9, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    AND HE WAS NOT MY OFFICIANT - HE WAS WISHY WASHY AND I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND HIM AT ALL .
    Michael F. May 29, 2016

    We didn't receive the commitment we require and booked another couple for that day. We invited Lisa to approach someone familiar to her she would be comfortable with like her local church Pastor. I'm sorry we have to receive a small financial deposit to reserve a date and time or sometimes we don't feel we're a good fit and we turn some people away. We understand your wedding turned out great however! Good luck to you and Frank and happy travels.

  • Dee G. Apr 3, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Michael want to Thank you for all the time you have spent just during our initial call. You have provided me with so much information and guidance really looking forward to meeting you and making our renew of marriage a priceless memory. So the fun begins.
    Michael F. Apr 3, 2015

    36 year is quite a milestone. Trusting me to make it a cherished memory tells me i'm doing something right. Nothing quite comes close to experience and wisdom. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to share mine with you and serve.

  • Mindy B. Mar 27, 2015
    Kahu Michael is a listener. I didn't understand how it all worked an there were so many fun Hawaiian styles to the ceremony. The Hawaiian wedding song was beautiful, the blowing of the seashell and then we held hands while we said our vows then exchanged leis. When we took the flame from two tikis and lit one as the sun set was very romantic. The music was magical and Kahu's words committed us for life. He wrote our vows with us just for us. We would have paid him the $1,000 it would have cost us to marry in Napa Valley but cost well less than $500 in Hawaii. We recommend anyone to Kahu Michael. It could not have been any better.
    Michael F. Mar 27, 2015

    You two were a lot of fun once we got the vows fine tuned. Just couldn't quite find that groove but once we did, perfect ! I was surprised you never heard "What a Wonderful World" by Brother Iz so I just gave you my CD. Good luck to you and your husband Lloyd. And yes, I will do your vow renewal in Napa Valley in five or ten years. Mahalo, Kahu Michael Ferreira

  • Eugenia L. Mar 19, 2015
    Rev. Michael Ferreira, took the time to get to know a little about us as a couple so that he can personalize the ceremony for us. His preaching was very spiritual, romantic but also with just a bit of humor to lighten up the ambiance and make everyone just really interested in what he was saying. There were tears, there was laughter and bit of lies ahead as a married couple. I would not hesitate to refer him to any couples I know that are t
    Michael F. Mar 19, 2015

    Thank you so much. I know you both were so full of apprehension and expectations which I am used to from anyone travelling 2500 miles to get married. But once we started communicating then anxiety melted away and the day, and your marriage is a success! !

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
It isn't complicated.I have a general guidelines menu on my website. We can ala-carte everything to make it custom. I am working on creating it just like a restaurant menu soon where everything is ala-carte.with the ceremony as the main course. My pricing is free to $1,000 + airfare boarding transportation and meals and yes, I have been flown in to places to do a ceremony. It never ceases to amaze me when I see the money spent on a special occasion but little thought is given to who actually brings it all together and puts a bow on it. I try to be the person that can provide a ceremony memory long after the flowers are gone and cake eaten.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Thumbtack is designed as a low-frills customizable but reasonable type service provider but that does not mean I give you any less value as my church referred clients. I send out a flat rate to the requester. I then provide a phone consultation for full particulars If there are any additional services needed. Those are provided on an Ala Carte basis. We don't do wedding planning but can get a beach ceremony permit or wedding license or an event photographer for instance. I try and be available during the process. Sometimes folks need extra hand holding.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I originally trained in and continue to study theology for many different denominations to have become ordained and a police chaplain. I am familiar with many different beliefs and rituals however I'm primarily non- denominational. I do specialize in the most recent trend toward non-religious but spiritual for couples who want to celebrate each other's relationship on that special day. I have several ceremonies that are spiritual but not necessarily religious.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was a police chaplain. I did retirement speaking, notifications, mostly deceased retirees funerals and younger officers weddings. I grew up in Napa Valley and Hawaii and just became the family go-to guy for a lot of people. I'm nobody famous or a celebrity, I don't impersonate Elvis but I still understands the tenets of many faiths and spiritual beliefs and am sensitive to the non-religious movement due to blended faith families. I get that.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Mostly weddings. They have taken on a spiritual meaning between two people who want to focus on that and marry with that in mind. I get that too. I do lots of vow renewals for people on vacation. A majority of my business is non-religious now.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I am particularly proud of all of them. I did marry a couple in their 60's who had been homeless, living on the streets and were accepted into a housing program. They got clean and sober together and found simple jobs.I didn't ask for an honorarium but they insisted. She used to have a good job in a law firm years ago.. She said a contract without consideration is voidable. She wanted her marriage to be a valid contract. The saddest one I did was for a couple where he was dying of cancer. They had been together many years and decided not to get married. I married them in the hospital. He wanted her to be taken care of and being married would ensure she would get his pension for the rest of HER life after he died.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
How can you put a price on priceless? I suggest a flat fee and describe what that gets them in a general sense. I then find out what the client really wants and how they want THEIR ceremony to be like. THEN I tell them whether or not it may be less, the same or if what they ask for will be an additional investment in their day. I can usually get a good sense when I read the client request and see how many people they have as guests, where it is going to be, etc. Maybe they want a number of additional rituals besides my basics, I have a menu of more. Maybe they want their own music during the ceremony, maybe they want more suggestions. When it comes to my services, you are investing in a piece of my time to help make your day extra special. I have a huge responsibility to maximize the return in your investment in me.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That none of us do this for a living. You have to truly enjoy people and respect their special day and make it memorable.. I try and make the first step together into the future a blessed one. . . Marry your best friend because if you do, then someday when looks fade, the hair goes away, things sag, If you are married to your best friend then none of that matters. Just the marriage. I wish my clients knew that me bringing them together is easy, the real work comes afterward and lasts a lifetime. It is not a 50/ 50 effort but a 100/100% effort from both of the couple and their families.