By Merle Rosenstein

Do you dream of exchanging vows on the sands of Kauai at sunset, or saying ‘I do’ on a private estate on Molokai with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop? How about surfing your way to holy matrimony on Oahu or living happily ever after following a wedding at Disney’s new Oahu resort? Couples can express undying love on a bluff in Lanai or on horseback in the scenic uplands of Waimea on the Big Island. On Maui couples can make it legal with a traditional Hawaiian luau or take the plunge with an underwater scuba ceremony. Capture the romantic spirit of aloha at any one of six idyllic Hawaiian Islands.

‘I Do’ On Oahu

Oahu, the third-largest and best known of the Hawaiian Islands melds time-honoured traditions with high-end malls, and tiny beach towns rocked by killer waves with urban beachfront hotels full of raucous nightlife.
On Oahu the options for weddings are endless. Imagine saying ‘I do’ on a white sand beach bordered by Waimea Bay on the North Shore, or on Lanikai Beach in the residential neighbourhood of Kailua. Other lovely beach wedding locations on Oahu are Kawela Bay/Turtle Bay on Oahu’s northeastern tip near Kahuku, Waimanalo Beach on the Windward Coast, and la Moana Beach Park/Magic Island near west Waikiki.
If getting hitched in the sand doesn’t suit your style, how about a church ceremony at Kawaiahao Church in the Manoa Valley in Honolulu or the Cathedral Church of St Andrews left to the community by King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. Private oceanfront properties such as the Bayer Estate in east Honolulu and the Ko Olina resort on the Leeward Coast inspire marriages made in heaven.

Make It Legal On Maui

Sheraton Maui Resort and SpaCourtesy Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
So you want to get married on Maui and need to know the lay of the land? If a ceremony in the sand rings your bell, there are many world-class beaches to choose from. Several top choices are Kaanapali Beach, a former playground for Hawaiian royalty, Makena Beach Park, known as ‘Big Beach’, located near the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, and Homoa Beach in Hana.
You’ll find spectacular resorts on West and South Maui in the sunny seaside areas of Kapalua, Kaanapali, Kihei and Wailea. There is also the Hotel Hana in East Maui, one of the oldest resorts on the island.

Big Island Bliss

Hawaii is the largest and youngest of the Islands and is home to an active volcano, Kilauea. The many climatic zones account for the diversity in geological features such as black sand beaches, snow capped mountains, volcanic desserts and lush rainforest.  
Couples considering a ceremony on the Big Island will be hard pressed to choose just one site. Will it be the waves crashing along the Kohala or Kona coast at sunset, the power of Kilauea’s volcanic flow, the majesty of Maunakea, the tallest sea mountain in the world or the pagodas, Japanese stone lanterns and teahouse at Liliuokalani Gardens? How about something out of the ordinary such as getting married on horseback or sailing into the sunset on a sea cruise?  Only you can decide.

Tie The Knot On Kauai

Kauai’s stunning beauty begins on the North Shore’s Napali Coast with 10 kilometres of towering cliffs, green valleys, sea caves and rushing waterfalls. East Kauai yields spectacular beaches and outdoor attractions. Fern Grotto, a short boat ride up the Wailea River is adorned with hanging ferns, enhanced by the mists of a nearby waterfall. Popular beaches in East Kauai are Anahola Beach Park, Donkey Beach, Kealia Beach, and Lydgate Beach Park in Wailua. The west side of Kauai houses the amazing Waimea Canyon, also called the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’.

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Love On Lana’i

Escape to tranquil Lana’i to claim your everlasting love. You’ll be surprised by settings like the pristine Hulopoe Bay and the legendary Sweetheart Rock (Puu Pele) rising from the ocean between Manele Bay and Hulopoe Bay. The historic Hotel Lana’i in Lana’i City has 10 plantation-style rooms with Hawaiian quilt bedcovers. The Hotel’s restaurant, the Lana’i City Grille, features a menu created by award-winning chef Beverly Gannon. Nestled in a forest of Cook Island pines, the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele resembles a country manor and offers fine dining, horseback riding, tennis, archery, clay shooting range and a Greg Norman designed golf course.


Marriage Made On Molokai

On untouched Molokai, a handful of serene beach settings and hotels are available for weddings. Whether you’re saying your vows on the grounds of the Polynesian village-style Aqua Hotel Molokai or beside the surf at Papohaku Beach Park, your wedding promises to be memorable.

Marriage Licences & Certificates

In Hawaii a marriage licence permits a marriage to take place. A marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been performed. Once the licence has been issued, there is no waiting period before a marriage can take place and blood tests are not required.