The Best Wedding Locations in Hawaii: HAWAII Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards 2016

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Wedding season is upon us. Generally, June through September are peak wedding months and because of Hawaii’s consistent weather and aloha spirit, its beaches and resorts are calling. Here are this year’s top 5 locales across the state that, as voted by our HAWAIʻI Magazine readers, will have you saying “I do.”


1. Grand Wailea

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Seaside Chapel at the Grand Wailea. Photo by Jared Kelly/nc-nd

Maui — This luxurious property claimed this year’s top spot as the ultimate destination-wedding venue, not just in Maui, but in all of Hawaii. With five outdoor venues to choose from, the Grand Wailea can set up a space for small, intimate weddings to larger parties, and yes, it has quite the view of the beach and Pacific Ocean.


2. Makena Beach & Golf Resort

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Aerial view of the resort fronting the beach. Photo courtesy Makena Resort

Maui — Unfortunately, this hotel that originally opened 30 years ago as the Maui Prince Hotel and a popular site for vow renewals, will be closing on July 1.


3. Turtle Bay Resort

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Bride and groom at Turtle Bay. Photo courtesy Turtle Bay Resort

Oahu — This venue was voted as the place to have a toes-in-the-sand wedding ceremony. It offers serenity and solitude (and a ballroom!) for newlyweds who want to gather their friends and family on the island’s famous North Shore.


4. Poipu Beach

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Aerial view of Poipu Beach. Photo courtesy Poipu Beach 

Kauai — On the south coast of the island, this wedding and honeymoon spot is a favorite for destination-wedding planners. Within the Kiahuna Plantation Resort is the Plantation Gardens, where you can kick off your reception following an oceanfront wedding. There’s also the Villas at Poipu Kai, The Beach House Restaurant and The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa to consider offering various wedding packages.


5. Kapalua Beach & Bay

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The Napili Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

Maui — Gentle breaking waves against the sheltered white sands of Kapalua makes this a dream backdrop for brides and grooms. Surrounding resorts like The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Montage Kapalua Bay host ceremonies and assist with planning on their grounds to throw the wedding of one’s dreams.

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