best places to Get married on the big island

From lushes mountain tops to lava rock beaches, the Big Island of Hawaii offers so many amazing spots. 

With so many choices, how does one decide? 

Well, my friend, I am here to help! This Big Island location guide will inspire and help you choose the perfect nature scene for your wedding. 

Without further ado, let's get to it! 

So, you've decided to GET MARRIED
in one of the most beautiful places on earth!!!

This location is by far one of my favorites on the Big Island. Kulaniapia Falls is seamlessly tucked away in the eastern mountains of the Big Island

There is an Inn on the 42-acre property, which serves as a peaceful and private getaway for guests. If you decide to elope at Kulaniapia, I highly suggest booking a room for you and your significant other. There is also an option to book multiple rooms for family and friends. 

A short bamboo forest trail leads the way from the Inn to the falls. The waterfall flows into a watering hole-a quite picturesque scene! 

Kulaniapia's farm houses several cabins with stunning ocean views. There are also activities available on the property such as cooking classes, water rappelling, and nature trails. 

If you're looking for a stunning, secluded space for your wedding, then Kulaniapia Falls is perfect for you!

Kulaniapia falls

Ahhh the Hawaii lava rocks...there's just nothing quite like them. They almost give an other worldly vibe. It's amazing to me that those little palms can still grow through the rocks. 

Throughout the Big Island, there are several epic lava rock spots. Kaimu, in the south eastern part of the island, is one of my favorites. 

One thing to be aware of is permitting. The regulations are always changing, so a place that was easily accessible 6 months ago may not be now. You can find more up to date information here

The lava rocks of the Big Island are all-encompassing. They truly reflect the island's unique beauty!  

Some of my favorite lava rock photos:  

THE ROCKS

Ok...the Big Island beaches are absolutely stunning-and paired with a sunset-INSANE! 

You can never go wrong with a beach as your wedding location, especially in one of the most tropical places like Hawaii! 

The Big Island offers many amazing beach spots. 'Alula beach is a great pick and just a 10 minute drive from Kona, one of the Big Island's most populated towns. 




THE BEACH

So, you've got your wedding location down. Now, where to set up camp? There are countless options to choose from! 

This is the villa I stayed at during my most recent trip to the Big Island. It's in the Kahaluu Bay area and was the perfect place! 

On the other side of the island near Hilo, the Aloha Junction Bed & Breakfast offers a one-of-a-kind experience. It's also less than a 5 minute drive to the Volcano National Park. The B&B is tucked away amongst the island's lush trees and plants. 

This article dives further into locations, hotels, and areas to stay in on the Big Island.

One thing to take note of when looking for a VRBO or AirBNB is if the property has air conditioning. Many homes have fans and portable AC units in rooms, but lack a built-in AC. When I stayed in the villa, I was totally comfortable with the fans and mini AC unit, but if that is going to be a problem for you, I highly suggest triple-checking with the property management before booking a place. 


PLACES TO STAY

There are so many fun activities to take part in on the Big Island! The island does not lack botanical gardens, and every one of them has its specialities. The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden is a must-see! It has a walking trail that takes you through some amazing gardens and leads to an impeccable view of the ocean. 

Another must-do activity is the Manta Ray Night Snorkel. When I did this with my family, I was simply awestruck. The mantas came right up to our faces in the water!

To see the mantas, you’ll board a catamaran and coast about 5 minutes to the manta ray village. The mantas are drawn to the plankton, which are illuminated by spotlights from the catamaran. After that, you’ll be guided by the crew to a flotation device in the water, where you’ll watch the mantas glide past you.

For coffee lovers, the town of Kona has coffee shops at almost every mile. HiCO is by far my favorite. The environment is so inviting! 

In the town of Hilo, there is a chocolate farm open to visitors. You can take a tour of the property and observe how the chocolate is harvested. It's quite a neat experience! 



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I hope this info was helpful for you as you plan your Big Island wedding! If you have any questions and want to reach out, feel free to email me here


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