One of America’s most stunning states, Hawaii consists of several islands, each boasting a separate charm, character, history, and a plethora of exotic, breathtaking venues. No wonder 8 million tourists come flocking to the Aloha State each year! Hawaii’s romantic background beckons couples to tie the knot and celebrate their love right on its soil. If you’re wondering where to take your significant other for that “happy ever after” story, here are ten of the best wedding destinations in Hawaii.
1) Kapalua Bay, West Maui
The Kapalua Bay in West Maui provides a romantic, sentimental backdrop as the couple exchanges their vows. Located between two lava fields, this beach cove is surrounded by a coconut tree grove and a verdant orchard. Although this destination does not offer absolute privacy for this intimate occasion, it makes up with its spectacular view of the cool, blue sea and the line of palm trees along its coast.
2) Kikaua Point Beach Park, Big Island
Over the years, the Kikaua Point Beach Park has been a popular choice for weddings in Hawaii. Located in the northern part of Kona, this prime beach park offers a crescent-shaped stretch of white sand, majestic palm trees, and calm blue waters. Here you can have the perfect ceremony while enjoying a spectacular view of the sunset, the island of Maui and the majestic Mauna Kea.
3) Makapu’u Beach, Oahu
The Makapu’u Beach Park is a great Hawaiian wedding destination that provides spouses-to-be with excellent venue choices: white sandy beach, a coconut tree grove, or even a reclusive rocky cove to say their “I Dos”! The beach’s surroundings also provide a variety of beautiful background for photography, including the breathtaking Rabbit Island and the Ko’olau Mountains.
4) Makena Cove, Maui
The Makena Cove is definitely one of the best wedding sites in Hawaii, offering a captivating view of the crescent-shaped Molokini and the volcanic island of Kaho’olawe. Featuring a beaming skyline and crystal clear waters, which are a perfect mix of white, blue and green, this paradise is the ideal destination for a dreamy beachfront wedding.
5) Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Kauai
If you’re after a magnificent panorama, accented by graceful lava arches, gorgeous beaches, and mystical caves concealed by waterfalls, the Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens is your perfect choice. Located at 4101 Wailapa Rd Kilauea, Na Alna boasts a 240-acre expanse where couples can happily take their vows privately and enjoy the beauty of the landscape all along. Na Alna never fails to enthrall its guests with its romantic atmosphere and stretches of newly-blossomed tropical flowers and palm trees.
6) Olowalu Plantation, Maui
If you want your Hawaiian wedding to have a touch of the romantic sunset, having it at the Olowalu Plantation Maui can be your best bet. Located in Lahaina’s southern area, the plantation has a lawn that is wide enough for everybody to view the oceanic horizon and the amber afternoon sky. The plantation is just perfect for big weddings where people are free to dance, dine, and just have a jolly good time.
7) Paradise Cove, Oahu
The Paradise Cove in Oahu is a great destination for couples who wish to exchange their vows along a beautiful, red sunset. Have your ceremony on the lush lawns and gardens, and treat everyone with a sumptuous banquet, Hawaiian luau, and a delightful Polynesian show afterwards! Paradise Cove is truly a unique place that can offer both excitement and solemnity to your wedding. It is located on the southwest of Oahu, a 45 minute drive from Waikiki.
8) Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park, Big Island
Spice up your Hawaiian wedding experience at a landmark that has a story to tell: the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. Legend says that this vast area of black lava rock was a “place of refuge” for the people who were shunned by society back in the olden times. Now, it has become a celebrated wedding destination for its scenic backdrop and natural beauty. Along with its charming earthiness, it is also famous for its pristine sands, clear, blue waters, and lovely skyline.
9) Four Seasons Resort Maui, Wailea
The Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea has just about everything that can make the perfect garden wedding: a spacious, lush lawn; gently swaying palm trees and cycads; clear blue skies; and the calming sea breeze. Situated at 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, the Four Seasons Resort is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful wedding destinations in the world.
10) Kahala Hotel and Resort, Waikiki
Prepare to fall in love once more as Kahala Hotel and Resort in Waikiki hosts the wedding of your dreams! Located in 5000 Kahala Ave in Honolulu, Kahala is known for its breathtaking scenery: the swaying coconut trees, clear skies, and calm, splashing waves. After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests can have a lovely stroll on the beach, go to the hotel, or simply stay in the gazebo and enjoy the sea breeze. If you decide to get married here, make sure you get to kiss on Kahala’s Kissing Point – the most picturesque spot.
Hawaii definitely has no shortage of impressive venues for that momentous exchange of “I Dos”– and of course, the exciting honeymoon as well. Whether you’re going to get hitched or just for a renewal of vows, you have plenty of things and activities to look forward to in the archipelago that will surely rev up your romance: parasailing, scuba diving, kayaking, sunbathing, bonding with marine animals… name it! So plan ahead of time and pick the best wedding package there is. You don’t get to do it too often, so you might as well make sure everything will go as planned!