Romance on The Big Island


Kikaua Point Beach Park

Located just north of Kona, Kikaua Point Beach Park is becoming one of the most popular Big Island wedding locations. Have your ceremony on the crescent-shaped sandy beach with views of the turquoise ocean, or beneath the trees on the small tree-shaded lawn.

Anaeho`omalu Beach

Choose a site beneath the palms near the Royal Fishpond. Mornings are best here, before the afternoon winds and waves kick up.

King Kamehameha Park

Located in Kapa`au, the park overlooks the ocean and there is a view of Maui in the distance. Choose the area of the park closest to the ocean. Although the weather is usually pleasant, there is always a chance of rain. Plan accordingly.

Lili`Uokalani Park, Hilo

A beautiful 30 acre park on Hilo Bay with Japanese gardens, gazebos, ponds with charming footbridges crossing them, and a variety of exotic trees and tropical plants.

Coconut Island, Hilo

Located in Hilo Bay, this secluded island is reached via a footbridge from the shore. The island has has a sweeping backdrop of beautiful Hilo Bay

and Mauna Loa on one side and the exotic Liliuokalani Gardens on the other.

Place of Refuge National Park

Imagine exchanging vows standing on the canoe landing beach at Pu`uhonua o Honaunau, an ancient Hawaiian cultural site. Now a National Park, wedding ceremonies are allowed in the park for a $50 use fee. Phone (808) 328-2326 for permit information.

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls boasts a lush tropical setting surrounding the waterfall and is conveniently located minutes from downtown Hilo. Be forewarned that it rains a lot on the Hilo side of the island.

Honl’s Beach Park

Next door to The Kona Reef condos, this area is a favorite with local surfers and a good site for a sunset ceremony.

Hapuna Beach Park

Hapuna Beach is probably the most popular beach on The Big Island; plan accordingly. The park has large lawn areas, covered pavilions, and BBQ grills.

Mauna Kea Beach

This is an incredibly beautiful beach, however I hesitate to recommend it because of the restricted parking and the long walk from the parking lot to the beach.


Thinking of Getting Married on the Big Island?

It doesn’t have to cost you a bundle to say, “I do” in paradise.. Here are a few suggestions for a do-it-yourself wedding. 

Select a Date

Peak vacation time is during the summer and winter. Flights are overbooked and hotels are pricy. If you can marry during the spring or fall you will likely find more reasonable airfares and more affordable lodging for you and your guests.

Obtain a Marriage License

Hawaii is a marriage equality state. There is no requirement for a blood test, nor is there a waiting period to be married in Hawaii, however you must apply for the marriage license in person. Both partners must be present. You can read the requirements, and download the marriage license application from these site.

Marriage licenses applications are available online, but the actual license is issued at the following locations (call for directions and an appointment). Bring the completed application form and proof of age (driver’s license, passport, state ID). The fee for the license is $60 (may be paid online or by cash in person at one of the offices listed below). It is valid for 30 days.

  1. Governor’s Office of Information, Kona (808) 327-4953.

  1. Governor's Office of Information; Hilo (808) 974-6262.

  1. Hawaii District Health Office:
    Mary Farias
    (808) 974-6008 – Hilo

  2. Click here for a current list of additional agents.

Reserve Accommodations

You and your guests will need a place to stay while in Hawaii, and resorts and hotels can be expensive. Instead of paying for separate hotel rooms, consider renting a condo or house that can accommodate a small family. Click here for some suggestions.

Arrange for an Officiant

The officiant for your wedding ceremony must be licensed by the State of Hawaii. Click here for a partial list.

  1. Hawaiian Wedding Song (MP3)


Although the lei is a traditional Hawaiian floral arrangement, many do not know that leis come in many different sizes and shapes. Click here for a partial list of florists.

  1. Tropical ‘Silk’ Wedding Bouquet

  2. Tropical ‘Silk’ Boutonniere

  3. Silk’ Bougainvillea Lei (6)

  4. Plumeria/Jasmine’ Lei (6)

  5. Merrie Monarch ‘Silk’ lei (1)


In Hawaii being barefoot on a sandy beach dressed in simple white linen outfits is elegant and romantic.

  1. Casual Hawaiian Wedding Attire

The Reception

A lu`au is a traditional approach to a Hawaiian wedding reception. Food, drink and entertainment are provided for a reasonable fee and you and your guests can relax and mingle.

Let the resort staff know that you were just married. Purchase tickets for your guests in advance (ask if there is a group discount). Click here for some suggestions.


There are lots of attractive wedding locations on The Big Island that you can use for your informal wedding ceremony and there are plenty of providers who can make it happen. Most beach locations are either free or are available for a small fee. however they all require a permit to use them (Click here for permit information). Here are a few of our favorites. One of them may be your ideal place to say, “I do!”

Locations for a Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ceremony (map)

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