10 Best Wedding Locations In Hawaii
With endless beaches, premier resorts, exciting adventures, and luscious gardens, Hawaii is the best choice for a tropical destination wedding. Whether you prefer an intimate sunset ceremony on the beach, a small affair surrounded by waterfalls and flowering foliage, or a grand, elegant event — Hawaii has it all.
Below is a list of the best Hawaii wedding locations, compiled with the help of Hawaii Wedding Coordinators across the archipelago.
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Makena Cove, Maui
Makena Cove is becoming one of the most popular Maui wedding locations. With black lava rock, white-sand beach, turquoise water and spectacular views of Molokini and Kaho’olawe, Makena Cove offers a spectacular backdrop for a Hawaii beach wedding. Makena Cove is a perfect beach-wedding location anytime of the day, and is a wedding photographers dream. Parking is limited, so contact a Maui Wedding Coordinator to plan ahead.
Chapel by the Sea, Kauai
The Chapel by the Sea at Kauai Lagoons is the most elegant and stylish wedding location on Kauai. This beautiful chapel rests atop the tranquil waters of the Kauai Lagoons and has spectacular views of the ocean and mountains. For your Hawaii wedding ceremony, the open French doors will capture the Hawaiian breeze, and your guests will be seated in chairs custom fitted with white covers and silk sashes. You and your guests will be filled with romance and wonder as you are surrounded by flowering tropical plants, swaying palms, calm lagoons, open views, and the elegant architecture of the Chapel by the Sea. The elegant architecture and the tropical environment is also the ideal location for Hawaii wedding photos. The Chapel by the Sea is located at the Kauai Marriot and reservations are required. Contact a Kauai wedding coordinator or the Kauai Marriot directly to begin planning your wedding at this magnificent location.
Saint Peter’s Church, Big Island
The “Little Blue Church” is located on famous Ali’i Drive in downtown Kona, and is situated right off the beach in Keauhou. This picture perfect Catholic church is surrounded by flowering foliage and the sparkle of the Pacific Ocean. The etched glass windows will add to the romance as the glow of the sun shines through during your Hawaii sunset wedding. With only a few dozen pews, this serene Hawaii location is ideal for a small, intimate wedding. Built in 1889, Saint Peter’s Church is one of the most photographed sites on the Big Island.
Olowalu Plantation, Maui
Want a Hawaiian sunset wedding, but have too many guests for a small beach wedding? No problem. The historical Olowalu Plantation has it all: huge lush lawn, overlooking the ocean, fantastic sunsets, enough room for large parties, coconut palm tress, beautifully restored plantation house, dressing room for the wedding party, and even a dance floor. Located just south of Lahaina, the Olowalu Plantation has become one of the most popular Maui wedding locations. Fees and reservations apply, so be sure to contact a Maui Wedding Coordinator.
Kapalua Bay, Maui
Golden sand, swaying palms, calm turquoise waters. What more can you ask for? Find paradise on this West Maui pocket beach; situated between two lava points and bordered by a coconut tree grove. The stunning Kapalua Bay Beach makes for a beautiful Hawaii beach wedding. However, like many other popular Hawaii beaches, be prepared for on-lookers and less privacy.
Makapu’u Beach, Oahu
Makap’u Beach Park has Spectacular options for a Hawaii wedding location. Plan your wedding on a sandy beach, in a coconut tree grove, on the sand dunes, or in a secluded rocky cove. You can’t go wrong! With Rabbit Island offshore and the stunning Ko’olau Mountains behind, Makapu’u Beach is ideal for romantic, tropical wedding photographs. Accessibility is not a problem at this Hawaii beach: plenty of parking, restrooms, and only 40 minutes from Waikiki.
Paradise Cove, Oahu
What is the best way to round off the perfect Hawaii wedding? A Traditional Hawaiian luau and Polynesian show! Have one of the most sensational sunset beach weddings, and then celebrate at Hawaii’s renowned Paradise Cove Luau. Or have both the wedding ceremony and reception on the lush lawns or in the gardens of Paradise Cove Luau’s private grounds. Located on the southwest side of Oahu and only about a 45 minute drive from Waikiki, Paradise Cove offers an exciting Hawaii wedding location.
Na Aina Kai Botannical, Kauai
A serene waterfall, flowers, privacy, ocean views, luscious lawns, lagoons, beach access, and so much more; Na Aina Kai Botannical Gardens has it all. Take your wedding vows in complete privacy on this 240 acre exquisite site. Your guests will be amazed by the beauty and serenity of Na Aina Kai Botannical Gardens. While exploring the grounds before and after your ceremony, you and your guests will be filled with romance as you smell the newly blossomed flowers, glimpse humbackwhales offshore, or be graced with an albatross flying overhead. Contact a local Hawaii wedding coordinator to reserve and plan at this wonderful Hawaii wedding location.
Kikaua Point Beach Park, Big Island
Located just north of Kona, Kikaua Point Beach Park is becoming one of the most popular Big Island wedding locations. This luscious beach park is surrounded by lava rocks, white sand, green trees, and the turquoise ocean. Choose between a ceremony beneath the trees on the small green lawn, or on the crescent-shaped sandy beach with views of Maui and Mauna Kea. Consult with a Hawaii wedding consultant before you plan a wedding at the Kikaua Point Beach Park; permits and reservations are required and Kikaua Point Beach Park books up fast.
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, Big Island
The Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is located in South Kona and offers a serene setting for a small Hawaii beach wedding. Dramatic colors from the black lava rock, white sand, green palm trees, and turquoise ocean is a wedding photographers dream. Also, Green sea turtles love to sun bathe on these beaches and will be a likely guest at your ceremony. The Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is also known as the Place of Refuge: the sacred grounds where royal Hawaiians once resided and offered refuge to those that broke a kapu (ancient Hawaiian law). Incorporate Hawaiian history into your Hawaii wedding for a truly Hawaiian experience.
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