We have decided on a destination wedding in Hawaii. Of course choosing the exact location for the cermony can be quite a daunting task when you are unable to visit the sites. In my research I found that many locations are available from no charge to a nominal fee. I am thinking a classic Hawaiian beach wedding would be perfect. The following are the locations I am considering. Feel free to post a comment if you are familiar with the sites.
02/28/2009 Just a quick update: We chose the beach that just happened to at the top of this list! It was absolutely the most beautiful and perfect spot. I could not have been happier! Kukio Beach was actually recommended by our minister, who by the way is awesome herself! Email me if you want the particulars or visit susanandrobert.wordpress.com for more photos. I promise you this location will not disappoint!
Can be windy. Where is this exactly? Anywhere near Kona? Free (This beach is not exactly wedding magic but if you are looking to spend an afternoon on the beach with sun, surf, and a shaded area for a quiet picnic this is the beach for you. No lava rock to contend with here, just a nice sandy white beach. We loved it so much we went back several times and spent Christmas Day there.)
Anaeho’omalu Beach, Waikaloa
White sands and gorgeous sunsets. History of Hawaiian royalty. Quiet mornings and evenings. Free
Manini Beach, Kealakekua Bay
Historic spot with blue waters, breaking waves, a palm grove and great sunsets. Free
Old Kona Airport State Park
Secluded and picturesque. Free (I did not get a chance to go here but my daughter Kimberly went with her grandparents. She liked it a lot. Our good friends Bill & Deloras do a lot of walking there and even had a bench put in for everyone to use.)
Punaluu Black Sand Beach
Apparently this place is absolutely stunning and great for wedding day photos. Black sands and sea turtles are a plus! Free
Richardson Ocean Park/Leleiwi Beach Park
Very popular. Need to do more research. Free
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park
Spiritual setting, known as the Place of Refuge, about 30 mile south of Kailua-Kona. $50 permit fee
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park
Near Kailua-Kona, again… Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and quiet at sunset. $50 permit
Volcano National Park
It would be hard to top the excitement of this experience in secluded woods overlooking Kilauea, the world’ most active volcano. $75 permit
Near Volcano National Park. Quiet sanctuary for island birds. Free
North Hilo waterfall. Great setting for wedding photos. $75 permit
“Perhaps no place on earth is better suited to an outdoor wedding than the paradise known as Hawaii. Miles of sun-kissed shoreline, golden sands, vast views of islands rising from the sea, flowers blooming in fragrant profusion, tropical lagoons and gardens of vivid green — our Islands offer some of the world’s most spectacular and romantic settings…” to read the rest of the article click here
Planning on a Hawaiian wedding? Click here to see my notes on Marriage Licenses and a link to download the application.