(Closed) Island style!

posted 14 years ago in Hawaii
Post # 17
18 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

Where are you located: Honolulu

Island of wedding: Oahu

Location of wedding ceremony: TBD

Location of reception (if different from above): hopefully the same but still TBD

Wedding date: also TBD

Wedding colors/theme/ambience: Well I suppose that’s also TBD but I’d like to have some elements of Hawaii but make it our own as well. I’m hoping for sort of a garden feel.

Why Hawaii? We live here.  We moved here together over two years ago and saw our relationship get even stronger in a new place so not only is it a gorgeous place for a wedding, I think it symbolizes so much for us.

And since I have so many TBDs, I’d love to hear more about how every found their locations and what were the deciding factors? I feel like I’m going in circles trying to figure it all out.

Anyone interested in sharing their Hawaii wedding pictures?

Post # 18
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

gwen – the Halekulani is GORGEOUS and the service is wonderful. It is one my absolute favorite places for a special dinner, or if we’re feeling generous to ourselves to go to the bar (Lewer’s Lounge).

Kini – if you haven’t heard about it/checked it out, I suggest the Wedding Cafe. There’s one in Manoa Marketplace and one in Ward…uh, Warehouse, I think?  I knew a lot of what I wanted already, so I ended up not really using them very much, except for their cake workshop (you get to try cakes!  woohoo!), but they have all kinds of resources — you can look at all the books and magazines for free and they have regular workshops where you can meet vendors. You get to interact w/ the vendors in a more intimate setting than a wedding expo, so you get a better chance to see if you like them and their work.

Deciding factors for us were that we didn’t want to have it in a hotel, so that only leaves you a handful of options that won’t bankrupt you.  Also, we wanted somewhere that wasn’t super A.R. about what we did (let us throw petals, play loud music, wouldn’t cut off our power at 10PM, etc.).

If you’re not from here, these two magazines are published locally, and do a good job of giving info on stuff to do, places to eat and shop, etc.:



For wedding specific stuff, there’s Hawaii Bride & Groom magazine which is published locally too. Pacific Weddings is done on Maui, I think, but I always felt like it was less Hawaii-style than what you see in HB&G.  Which is not to say that it isn’t full of stunning weddings, ’cause it certainly is!  I guess I just felt that as a local girl, HB&G was more "real" and PW showed more of the "destination weddings" over weddings from people who lived here full time.  

Post # 19
4 posts
  • Wedding: May 2007

Where are you located: near New York, NY

Island of wedding: Kaua’i

Location of wedding ceremony: Keoniloa Bay (near Poipu)

Location of reception (if different from above): dinner at The Beach House

Wedding date: May 24, 2007

Wedding colors/theme/ambience: simple, natural

Why Hawaii? Because it’s awesome! Actually we started off looking at local venues to NYC and realized that nothing nearby was the dream wedding we wanted. So we went 12 hours across the country and look back so fondly at our awesome time on Kaua’i and our amazing wedding.


Post # 20
3 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

Aloha Hawaii Bees!

Where are you located: Bay Area, CA    

Island of wedding: Oahu

Location of wedding ceremony: Ko’olau Golf Club

Location of reception (if different from above): same location as ceremony

Wedding date: Sept. 22, 2008

Wedding colors/theme/ambience: Bright tangerine and fushia, tropical, and informal

Why Hawaii? We love the islands; the food, the surfing, the people.  I went to UH Manoa for a summer and both of us visited with family when we were young. So we would like to continue the fond memories.


I am super excited to see this board:) 

Anyone know of Oahu Djs or make-up/hair stylists?

I am looking into The DJ Hawaii and Chop Salon on Ala Moana. The receptionist said Cassandra is really good (she sometimes tours with Janet. Janet Jackson that is).

I went to the Wedding Cafe, both Ward and Manoa. The staff was helpful and I loved the Invitation Showcase. Their vendor recommendations are good. However I am looking for new recs.

If any of you are considering Halekulani or Ko’olau Golf Club, I have tons of pictures. Shoot me your email:)

Kini – I choose Ko’olau because it is not a hotel and it overlooks both Kaneohe and Kailua Bay with dramatic mountains.

PrincessKittyHi – I echo everything you mentioned. Wedding Cafe is a great all in one place. It’s a great concept, I’m surprised there are not more places like this. I totally love HB&G and PW. I have a subscription:)

Gwen Congrats! 

Post # 21
32 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

Alohakt, I see that you are getting married at the Ko’olau!  Gorgeous!  I actually attend church there!  (Presbyterian church has service in the grand ballroom).  Where will your ceremony be?  And will the reception be in the main dining room?  I am curious because I am still searching for a reception location…




Post # 22
11 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hmmm, looks like I’m a little late to this board, but I thought I’d post regardless to see if I can relight the fire…:)


Where are you located: College Park, MD(right outside of DC)

Island of wedding: Big Island – Hilo

Location of wedding ceremony: a locally owned farm

Location of reception (if different from above): same as above

Wedding date: August 8, 2009

Wedding colors/theme/ambience:  deep/dark purple, lavender and sage/light green.  We’re shooting for a rustic wedding with a dash of elegance–something simple that won’t break the bank. 

Why Hawaii?  I’m from Hilo and my fiancee’s mother was also from there.  In addition to our wedding, its a mini family reunion of sorts.


Planning a wedding in Hilo can be difficult.  Vendor selection is limited as are other standard "wedding" resources.  However, it CAN BE DONE…and its super exciting to have it all come together.  You have to get pretty creative to find what you want, but in the end, its worth it (at least, I think it will be.  We will see in a few months!)  If any one has questions about getting married on the Hilo side of the island, feel free to contact me and I will try to help as best I can! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 23
288 posts
Helper bee

I’m so glad this board has been resurrected! Better late than never…

Where are you located: Sydney, Australia

Island of wedding: Maui

Location of wedding ceremony: Haiku Sugar Mill Ruins

Location of reception (if different from above): same

Wedding date: 9 October 2009

Wedding colors/theme/ambience: I want the look to be vintage garden party. I am having so much trouble deciding on colours though. Sometimes I want pale aquas and yellows. Then I switched to wanting ivory and pale rose colours. Then I want bright color combos like aqua and red or orange and lime. I need to decide soon because it’s holding up all my other decisions for the wedding!

Why Hawaii? It’s a halfway point between Sydney, where my Fiance is from and Boston, where I am from. So we figured we’d make everyone travel instead of just one family ๐Ÿ™‚

gwahs.girl: College Park – I went to U Maryland! are you in school there too?

Post # 24
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

Where are you located: Bay Area, CA

Island of wedding: Big Island

Location of wedding ceremony: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Location of reception (if different from above): Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Wedding date: July 2009

Wedding colors/theme/ambience: Navy and pale pink… going for something simple but elegant

Why Hawaii? I’m from Hilo =)

Post # 25
11 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

aloweha:  yup!  Getting my masters in library science here.  Its snowing right now!  So school is closed and I get to spend all day wedding planning…I mean studying.  Yay!

Post # 26
3 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

Guess I’ll jump in here too…

Where are you located: Marina del Rey, CA

Island of wedding: Maui

Location of wedding ceremony: Still TBD…but we’re thisclose to deciding now.  More than likely Ma’alaea Estate or Olowalu Plantation.

Location of reception (if different from above): Same

Wedding date: TBD – Either Oct. 24, 2009 or Nov. 7, 2009

Wedding colors/theme/ambience: Modern Organic.  Colors will more than likely be green and brown with a little bit of coral splashed in here and there. 

Why Hawaii? We knew we wanted a beach destination wedding from the get-go, and everyone would have travelled to get to LA anyway.  This way our guests don’t have to get passports (we were also considering Cabo, Costa Rica), they don’t have to sit in LA traffic (hopefully) and everyone gets a vacay out of it.  We’re SO stoked.

By the way, I just got back from a scouting trip to Maui.  We looked at a ton of accomodations options in West Maui as well as reception locations in various areas of the island, so if you gals have any questions…just ask!


Post # 27
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I want to revive this thread for me & other 2012 Hawaii Brides!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Where are you located: Byron Bay, Australia

Island of wedding: Oahu

Location of wedding ceremony: The Halekulani Garden Courtyard

Location of reception (if different from above): The Halekulani Ballroom II

Wedding date: September 28, 2012

Wedding colors/theme/ambience: Romantic & Rustic – Various shades of purple & orange!

Why Hawaii? I am Canadian and my gorgeous fiance is Australian… Hawaii is halfway for our friends and families and will be a beautiful vacation spot for them all too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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