|Why Get Married in Hawaii…The reasons are obvious!
- Paul Oebel
With its spectacular vistas, tropical waters and balmy temperatures throughout the year, the Aloha State provides a wonderful travel experience…and the ideal setting for an unforgettable wedding.
The Hawaiian Islands are all special places, and for some people a once-in-a-lifetime experience, making it an easy choice for celebrating one of life’s most important occasions.
The incredible and diverse natural beauties of the Hawaiian Islands have created some of the most romantic settings in the world. From waterfalls in the tropical rainforest, a gorgeous sunset wedding on the beach, to peaceful landscaped settings, to lavish ballrooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean…the islands have it all.
The magazine Conde Nast Traveler rates Maui as the number one destination wedding locations in the world. Get married and then you are on location for a phenomenal honeymoon experience.
How to Choose which Hawaiian Island Is Right for You?
One thing that makes Hawaii so popular with couples is the wide variety of venues and activities that are available. Each of Hawaii’s four main islands has a personality all its own, and the many chapels, facilities, resorts and phenomenal beaches for a sunset wedding, make Hawaii a unique aspect to the ceremony and setting.
Deciding where to hold a wedding often comes down to finding the right island and location for the interests and tastes of the couple. It can be confusing knowing which of the 4 beautiful and exotic islands to choose from.
Here is a brief breakdown of the 4 main Hawaiian Islands to try and help you choose what island would be best for you.
Oahu: Known as the Gathering Place, Oahu is home to Honolulu and Waikiki, the state’s largest city, and about 75% of Hawaii’s residents. It is also the most visited of the Hawaiian Islands. Oahu is the heartbeat of Hawaii and is known for its numerous museums, historical landmarks and vibrant lifestyle. From the beaches of Waikiki and the elegant slopes of Diamond Head to the world class surfing found on the island’s North Shore, Oahu offers an abundance of recreation, activities and unique sites to experience.
Kauai: Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai provides a glimpse of old Hawaii with it’s peaceful charm and verdant topography. Hawaii’s oldest inhabited island provides both quiet relaxation and active rejuvenation. This island offers the state’s only navigable rivers – the Hanalei, Hule’ia and Wa-lua – and the 3,000 foot high, fluted cliffs of the spectacular Napali Coast. Waimea Canyon, called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, stretches 14 miles long and more than 3,600 feet deep, offering visitors stunning views of multi-colored, deep valley gorges. Also no new buildings on the island may exceed four stories – the height of a mature coconut palm tree. It’s the law.
Maui: “Maui No Ka Oi.” That’s what the locals say, and it translate to “Maui is the best.” Thrill seekers as well as those who prefer chaise lounges will find something to entertain and charm on the Valley Isle of Maui. If its water sports, horseback riding and hiking you seek, Maui can accommodate. If you prefer nightlife, upscale shopping and gourmet dining, your still in the right place. Finally, the breathtaking 52 mile long adventure of the Hana Highway – with its waterfalls, roadside picnic spots and tropical fruit stands – may prove to be one of the most delightful drives you will ever take.
Hawaii Island: Known as the Big Island because it is larger than all the other islands combined, Hawaii Island is the ideal place to stretch out. With its moonlike lava landscape, dramatic mountain peaks and beaches with sand of many colors, the island draws vacationers, athletes, geologists and astronomers.
At the Kilauea Visitor Center, learn about Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, and Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. You can actually hike out to and actually see the hot lava enter the ocean. Located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea has been continuous eruption since 1983.
Why Should You Choose Maui?
Of all the major islands in the Hawaiian chain, I think you’ll find that Maui has the best reputation for being the best possible location for a beautiful destination wedding.
Oahu, where Honolulu is found, is crowded. There are a lot of people on that little island (well over a million) and it is hard to find any really private beaches.
The Big Island (also known as Hawaii) has bad air (we call it “vog” because it comes from the volcano) and there are not nearly as many nice beaches where you can get married, or they are hard to get to.
Kauai is a smaller island but it gets a lot of rain and most of the best beaches are on the east side of the island where it’s difficult to get a decent sunset for your wedding pictures.
Maui is not too small, but not too big either. It’s not crowded, but there is a lot to see. And most important, Maui has some great quiet beaches facing into the western horizon which make for the perfect setting for sunset weddings. You really will likely be happiest getting married on Maui.
Of course, no matter which island you choose, having a wedding coordinator or wedding planner will make your special Hawaii beach wedding day run so much more smoothly. It’s so comforting and relaxing to know that someone else is running around doing your worrying for you! Luckily for all the brides and grooms-to-be, if you’re getting married on Hawaii, there are many attentive and experienced wedding coordinators in Hawaii.
We can recommend 2, www.mauime.com and www.affordablemauiweddings.com Susan has lived in Maui for 15 years, she is knowledgeable, friendly, and very well connected…she can handle all of your wedding needs – travel, car rental, condos & hotel needs, wedding coordinating, and all the details in between. Give her a call if you have any questions – 800-856-3270.