5 Stunning Non-Beach Places to Get Married in Hawaii
If you’re not into barefoot bridal parties and sunsets over the ocean, preferring to do something a bit different than the usual beach front wedding, you have many options in Hawaii that are just as breathtaking. Honestly, you could get married on a beach anywhere; why not take advantage of Hawaii’s unique landscape further inland? Here are some great suggestions for doing something a bit out of the ordinary.
Hawaii has a ton of them, and they happen to make beautiful backdrops for wedding photos. Take your pick of several picturesque waterfalls throughout the islands. Waimea Falls in Oahu is a stunner, as is Wailele Falls in Kalihiwai Valley on Kauai. At Pukalani Falls Wedding Garden in Maui, you can say your vows by a stream-fed water garden abundant with colorful koi while parrots fly through the air. Exotic trees and flowers complete the backdrop. Wedding packages include flowers, cake, hair and makeup. The name “Pukalani” translates to “gateway to heaven,” which certainly describes this place well.
2. Lavender Fields
How many people can say they exchanged vows in a lavender field? In Maui, you can get married on sprawling hills of green and purple on top of a mountain surrounded by fragrant flowers. Alii Kula Lavender Farm spans 14 acres on the side of Haleakala Mountain, making for a beautiful countryside wedding. Even better: have your wedding at sunrise. The views are amazing.
3. Sugar Mill Plantation
Hawaii’s first sugar mill is now the spot of a stunning open-sky cathedral surrounded by colorful gardens. The Haiku Mill on Maui is highlighted by French elegance and old Hawaiian charm, made even more perfect by the stone-paved pathways for a rustic style wedding.
4. Kaneohe Sandbar
Located 10 minutes out into the water, this mini-private island is an oasis truly off the beaten path. Take a boat ride to the sandbar, nestled in Kaneohe Bay, where you can have a quick ceremony to toast your nuptials. Don’t stay too long, though: the tide does come in quicker than you think! This is a perfect place to say “I do”; just have the reception elsewhere.
Just because you don’t want a beach wedding doesn’t mean you can’t get married in the water! A bridal party on a yacht is one of the best ways to celebrate a union. Best for the adventurous couple with a love of singing and dancing, a boat wedding can be a unique way to get hitched. Drop anchor in a harbor, such as at Kaneohe Yacht Club, or head out into open waters to get a little more privacy.
If Oahu is a part of your wedding plans, enlist the help of Hoku Hawaii Tours to help you set something up for a fun after party. Eco Adventure Tour, anyone?