Wedding Venues in Hawaii
A taste of the islands
By Natalie Tsang
August 26, 2011
There's no place quite like Hawaii. Everyone has heard of the sandy beaches and tropical rain forests, but there are also snowcapped mountains and rocky wonders. There is something for everyone on this chain of islands. Hawaii is made up of six main islands: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island. They all have their own specialties, and many are perfect locations for weddings. If you are interested in a Hawaii wedding, read these descriptions to learn more about each island.
Kauai is the oldest and northernmost island. It is great for a romantic escape or outdoor adventure. The beaches of the Coconut Coast are lovely and Poipu is one of America's best beaches. Here, you can wed on the beach or even a sea cliff (as long as you don't fear heights!). For some fun, you and your guests can take a boat down the Wailua River.
Oahu is where the "real Hawaiians" are at. The majority of the population lives there and you will also find a colorful mix of entertainment venues and cultural wonders. Oahu's North Shore is known for its waves, so why not squeeze in a surf lesson? Or go snorkeling in the pristine waters of Nanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Consider tying the knot at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, which has jaw-dropping mountain views.
Over half of Molokai's population is of Native Hawaiian ancestry. This island, the birthplace of the Hula, still offers the look of unspoiled paradise. It's beautiful, green and luscious. If you're looking for a quiet escape, Paophaku is one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii. Outdoor activity options include sport fishing, nature walks and hiking trails.
Lanai is resort heaven. It's the true island getaway with luxury and privacy. Hulopoe Bay is one of America's best beaches and if you visit, you must take a walk through Keahiakawelo, which means "Garden of the Gods." The reddish stone is gorgeous in early morning or late afternoon light.
Maui has the best beaches in the world. During the winter, you can take out a boat to whale watch. Or you can even get married on a boat. Haleakala National Park is perfect for a mountain top ceremony. If you're in the mood for a road trip, take the scenic drive to Hana. Not only is it a sleepy and picturesque town, but it's also close to the Pools of Oheo, where you can swim in a tranquil natural pool fed by waterfalls.
Hawaii's Big Island
As its name suggests, this island is larger than all the other islands. The landscape ranges from sandy beaches to snow capped mountains. This is the perfect place to wed if you imagine saying your vows next to a waterfall or being serenaded by birds of the rain forest. Checking out the volcanoes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must.