Nicknamed the "Garden Island," Kauai is famous for its natural beauty and unique blend of world-class resorts and rustic charm. Drawing in celebs like Matt LeBlanc, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Aniston, and Calista Flockhart, Kauai is often considered Hawaii's most romantic island, and for good reason. Its uncrowded beaches, awe-inspiring views, and simple serenity add up to one big nature and love fest. Elvis even did the deed here in the movie Blue Hawaii. Read on to discover some of the island's top spots for tying the knot.
BEACHES, PARKS + MORE
Cruise up Hawaii's only navigable river, the Wailua, to see a lava rock grotto draped with emerald green tropical ferns. Then, let local musicians serenade you at the natural amphitheater, as you and yours truly tie the knot. Mt. Waialeale looms in the distance, making wedding photos truly unique. There is a site fee to marry here.
Location: Wailua Marine State Park, Kauai, HI
Large and mostly deserted, secluded and unblemished Mahaulepu Beach boasts reddish-gold sand and dramatic sea cliffs, and is an ideal spot for couples who value privacy. As with all of Hawaii's public beaches and parks, there is no site fee at Mahaulepu Beach, however there are no facilities.
Location: 3 miles east of 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI
Poipu Beach Poipu Beach Park
One of Kauai's most popular beaches, soft white sands and crystal waters make for a romantic and memorable wedding setting. There is no site fee at this location.
Location: Po'ipu Road, Poipu, South Kauai
A grassy park dotted with swaying palms, picnic tables and pavilions, Poipu Beach Park overlooks two of the island's most renowned beaches, Poipu and Brennecke. There are restrooms on site There is no site fee at this location. Because Poipu is Kauai's most popular beach park, it can get crowded on weekends and holidays, so plan accordingly.
Location: Poipu Beach Road, Poipu, HI
On Keoneloa Bay, Shipwreck Beach is one of Poipu's largest beaches. Named for an old, wooden shipwreck that has since disappeared, the beach offers excellent hiking. There is no site fee at this location.
Location: Po'ipu Road, Poipu, South Kauai
***Those that are charging for services (wedding planners, ministers, entertainers, etc.) to perform weddings and vow renewals on state beaches will need to get a Right of Entry (ROE) permit from the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The bride and groom do NOT need to get that permit – those you are hiring are responsible for securing the permit. Contact any of the professionals at the Kauai Wedding Professional Association (KWPA) at www.kauaiwedpro.com for more information.
Take a tour of this historic plantation and say "I dos" in a magical garden setting. Swallow this: This fab spot is free with dinner, if you can believe it. There is a site fee to marry here. Contact: 808- 245-9593
Location: Between Kukui Grove and the community college, Lihue, HI
Na Aina Kai Botanical Garden
Once a private estate, the bountiful gardens of Na Aina Kai are now open to the public for special occasions. Let Na Aina Kai be your private gardens for a memorable day or evening. A site fee applies.
Location: 4101 Wailapa Road, Kilauea, HI
National Tropical Botanical Gardens
The National Tropical Botanical Gardens makes some of the beautiful spots in its gardens available for intimate or larger weddings/receptions. A site fee applies.
Location: Across the street from Spouting Horn, Poipu, HI
The Chapel at Coco Palms
The famous chapel from "Blue Hawaii", Coco Palms offers a thatched roof, swaying palms, and nearby lagoon. Located in the famous Coconut Grove.
Location: Coco Palms Resort, 4-241 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI
Church of the Pacific
This pretty Princeville church lies on a serene country road and overlooks the ocean and mountains. Select the sanctuary or an outdoor gazebo.
Contact: 808-826-6481, http://www.church-of-the-pacific.org/location3.html
Location: 4520 Kapa Ka Road, Princeville, HI
WHERE TO APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE ON KAUAI
For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents on Kauai, call the Department of Health at 808-241-3498.
For more information visit www.kauaidiscovery.com or www.kauaiwedpro.com!
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