Kona Wedding Locations

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!

Kukio Beach or susanandrobert.wordpress.com
Adjacent to Four Seasons Hualalai. Free

Hapuna Beach
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

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

Bird Park
Near Volcano National Park. Quiet sanctuary for island birds. Free

Akaka Waterfall
North Hilo waterfall. Great setting for wedding photos. $75 permit


Outdoor Weddings on the Big Island:
Heavenly spots to get married

“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.


About Susan Warren Utley

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3 responses to “Kona Wedding Locations

  • No One of Consequence

    Hello Renee,

    I wish I could help but unfortunately I am not a wedding planner. The plans on this blog are my own. My daughter Savannah did most of the planning. I hope you find someone to answer your questions! Good luck.


  • renee shirota

    hi i’m a freshmen student at waiakea high and i have a career project to do and i was wondering if a wedding planner could answer my questions because i need an interview with a wedding planner for a part of my project. all i need are answers to these questions and your name.
    please email me back your answers…

    how did you decide to become a wedding planner?
    what is your average salary per year?
    what was the most memorable wedding for you so far?
    about how many wedding do you think you arrange in a year?
    have you ever had clients that are just so picky with everything that you have a hard time pleasing?
    were there any weddings you had that just ended up in disaster?
    how long would it take to plan a regular wedding without anything special?
    have you ever had to travel to places in order to plan a person’s wedding?
    did you plan your own wedding/ are you going to plan your wedding?
    what is the best part about your job?

    thank you for your time(:

  • Melanie

    Hi… found your website through google b/c we’re also considering getting married in Hawaii! We just got back from a trip to the Big Island, so here are my two cents (if you haven’t already picked a place):

    Hapuna Beach – public beach highly rated by several travel magazines. We got there just before sunset on a weekday and it wasn’t crowded, but it wasn’t deserted either. Not terribly long from end to end but a long sandy beach from trees/grass to the water. About 30 minutes north of Kona in the Kohala resort area. Mauna Kea beach is right down the road and is also very nice.

    Punaluu Black Sand Beach – striking. We were there on a Sunday afternoon and it seemed pretty popular. There’s a sandy area and the rest is more of a rocky coast. Beach is not very deep, meaning that the sandy area between the parking lots and the water is not very long. We didn’t see any turtles, but maybe they’re out more in the morning.

    Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park – very beautiful park with a very small beach, sea turtles, plenty of sand, palm trees, and grassy areas. Was very quiet when we were there, but it was early afternoon during the week.

    Volcanoes National Park – my reason for picking the Big Island for our vacation over the other Hawaiian islands. 🙂 The park is very big so I’m sure you could find a suitable spot for the ceremony, depending on what you’re looking for. One caution – the southwestern portion of the park was closed when we were there because of hazardous volcanic fumes… just something to keep in mind when choosing a location. Closer to Hilo than Kona.

    Akaka Falls – beautiful tall waterfall, but it might be hard to jockey for position with the tourists when taking pictures. It wasn’t terribly crowded when we visited on a weekday, but there’s not a lot of space right at the falls.

    Hope that helps! Let me know if you have questions or would like to see pictures.

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