Wedding in Hawaii
Aloha means more than just ``hello``—in Hawaii, the ``Aloha Spirit`` is a way of life that encompasses a friendly, welcoming attitude. And there's a reason why these islands make such an irresistible destination: a Hawaii wedding will be effortlessly steeped in natural beauty, from its crystal-clear blue ocean waters and fiery lava flows to tall mountain peaks and crashing waterfalls. But aside from its breath-taking scenic beauty, the Aloha State is home to some of the friendliest, most relaxed people you will ever meet.
The 50th state is a popular vacation destination, but there are so many ways to make it your own. Hawaii offers a bounty of opportunities for elegance, privacy and intimacy, so you can enjoy your wedding with the people who matter. Planning a wedding in Hawaii provides you with an abundance of wonderful venue options. Each island offers its own unique hot spots and quiet areas, allowing you to choose the ideal setting for the ceremony you want, whether you prefer a party atmosphere on Waikiki or a tranquil ambience in a Kauai rain forest.
When it comes to wedding styles in the Aloha State, semiformal or casual is usually the way to go. a Hawaii beach wedding is the most popular setting for couples who exchange vows in this state. Hawaii’s wedding traditions stem from its native culture, and there are a variety of ways to respectfully incorporate them into a Hawaii wedding. Including traditional Hawaiian wedding flowers into your ceremony is one of the most subtle ways to pay homage to this cultural tradition. Lei garlands for you and your fiancé can help give your wedding portraits a special Hawaiian touch. Your reception dinner also gives you a great opportunity to incorporate native Hawaiian culture into your celebration. Traditional celebratory feast foods such as kalua pig (roasted pork served with Hawaiian sauces) are delicious and suitable even for the picky eaters in your group. Many wedding venues in Hawaii cater specifically to these traditional elements, so incorporating them should prove quite easy.
Romantic things to do
Take in a beautiful sunset. There’s really nothing much more romantic than sitting beside each other to watch the sun sink into the ocean. Make watching sunset even more memorable with a sunset cruise/sail or a picnic at a beach. Some hotels can prepare a picnic basket for you. Alternatively, it’s easy to pick up picnic supplies at one of the local grocery stores. Make sure you don’t just pack up and leave as soon as the sun is down. Watch for the amazing colours of the sky after sunset.
Take a helicopter ride to discover the islands from the air.
There’s a buzz that you get from seeing the beautiful islands from a different perspective. When you get to share a helicopter tour with your partner, it makes it even more special.
Arrange for an ocean side couples massage.
Imagine the bliss of side by side massages on a beach while you listen to the waves crash on the shore.
Go horseback riding.
There are some fantastic places to go horseback riding in Hawaii – in rainforests, rolling hills, valleys, and beaches.
Exploring the Islands
Hawaii is made up of hundreds of islands of which just eight islands are prominent Niihau, Kauai, o’ahu, Molokai, Lana’I, Kaho’olawe, Maui and Hawaii. All are open to tourism with the exception of Nii’hau and Kaho’olawe.
The islands of Molkai and Lana are generally quieter but come with their own individually and charm.
It’s easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at these sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventurous spirits.
Snapshots of these islands scattered in the cobalt blue Pacific Ocean are heavenly, without the need for any embellishment by tourist brochures. As tropical getaways go, Hawaii couldn’t be easier or more worth the trip, though be aware that visiting these Polynesian isles isn’t always cheap. But whether you’re dreaming of swimming in crystal waterfall pools or lazing on golden-sand beaches, you can find what you’re looking for here.
Just as in days of old, life in Hawaii is lived outdoors. Whether it’s surfing, swimming, fishing or picnicking, encounters with nature are infused with the traditional Hawaiian value of aloha ʻaina – love and respect for the land. Go hiking across ancient lava flows and down fluted pali (sea cliffs). Learn to surf, the ancient Hawaiian sport of ‘wave sliding,’ and then snorkel or dive with giant manta rays and sea turtles. Kayak to a deserted offshore island or hop aboard a whale-watching cruise. Back on land, ride horseback with paniolo, Hawaii’s cowboys.
The Road to Hana
There’s a sense of suspense you just can’t shake while driving the Road to Hana, a serpentine road lined with tumbling waterfalls, lush slopes, and rugged coasts – and serious hairpin turns. Spanning the northeast shore of Maui, the legendary Hana Hwy ribbons tightly between jungle valleys and towering cliffs. Along the way, 54 one-lane bridges mark nearly as many waterfalls, some tranquil and inviting, others so sheer they kiss you with spray as you drive past. The drive is ravishingly gorgeous, but certainly not easy.
Oahu … is known as the “gathering place”. Oahu is the third largest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, but is by far the most densely populated, it is also home to the capital city of Honolulu, world-famous Waikiki Beach, and historic Pearl Harbour.
Oahu is 44 miles long and 30 miles wide. The Honolulu airport is located between downtown Honolulu and Pearl Harbour. This is the only Hawaiian island where you might be OK without a rental car because public transportation and tour buses abound.
If you are still planning your vacation to Hawaii, we recommend that you DO NOT spend the whole week on Oahu. Split your time between the “concrete jungles” of Waikiki and the REAL jungles that you can find on Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. If you never get out of Waikiki, YOU HAVEN’T REALLY SEEN HAWAII!
Merrie Monarch Festival
The Merrie Monarch Festival began in 1963 and has evolved into what is now universally considered to be the world’s most prestigious hula competition.
In 2017, the week-long Merrie Monarch Festival runs from April 16-22,
While the highlights of the Festival will always be the three evenings of hula competition which require reserved seats, there are plenty of other free events throughout the week for everyone to enjoy.
The Polynesian Cultural Centre celebrates the Aloha State’s diverse Polynesian background with award-winning performances and interactive attractions.
The signature attraction is a group of six villages and two exhibits highlighting islands from Fiji to Samoa, where hundreds of Polynesian islanders share their customs and traditions with visitors. Hands-on activities include playing Hawaiian games, throwing Tongan spears, paddling outrigger canoes, cooking and sampling Samoan dishes, getting temporary tattoos, twirling Maori poi balls and joining a Tahitian wedding party, among others.
Fijians invite you into the chief’s home. Tahitians help you tamure (dance). Tongans bring beautiful artistry into making bark cloth and communicating with drums. And Hawaiians teach hula in an anciently patterned setting. Guests are treated to the colourful and spirited Pageant of the Long Canoes (Hawai ‘i’s only water-borne show) on the lagoon each afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
As the sun sets, PCC offers up award-winning dining and show options. PCC’s most popular dining option is the ALI‘I LUAU, which won the prestigious Kahili Award (people’s choice) for preserving Hawaiian culture. The lu‘au includes a lei greeting, royal court, imu roast pig, Hawaiian Wedding Song for newlyweds and anniversary couples, beautiful hula and more. You can get your roasted pork carved right off the pig, sample Hawaiian poke (a raw fish dish) and poi, and much more. Other dining options include the Island Buffet or Prime Dining in the Gateway Restaurant.