Post # 1
Has anyone rented an estate or a big house on Oahu? I’ve looked on vrbo and I found one that’s perfect but I don’t really like the location in Mãkaha. Needs to be big enough for 12 adults and 2 kids (4 & 16 yrs old) and I would perfer to be able to take my tiny 6lb dog, which is obviously difficult to find. It would be awesome if it had a pretty back yard for the reception and possibly the ceremony, but I think I’ve decided on another beach for the ceremony. I’d like for it to be pretty much anywhere else but on the western side of the island and Waikiki. Any help?!
Post # 2
I don’t know if Air BNB is your thing, but I found a few that look promising:
We’re from Oahu, and it looks like most of these are located on what I would consider the better part of the island 😛
Post # 3
Ahh I’ll look at those! I’m getting frustrated and feel like I keep looking at the same thing over and over. I would love to get married in the back yard but if not I want Makapu’u Beach! I can’t wait to show our family Oahu!
Post # 4
Are you from the mainland? If so, don’t forget to look up immunizations and quarantine time for the puppy if you find a place that allows animals.
That’s the number one struggle of all time here. Dog friendly sites. A coworker of mine did something similar near Laie. They used the backyard as a ceremony and reception space. I think it was JUST outside of Laie becuase they actually had alcohol at their reception.
Post # 5
Ahh I didn’t think about that! I will look it up. Luckily we have over a year so I have time for all of this lol. Do you remember the name of your friends place?
Post # 6
I don’t remember. It was honestly just a home on the beach, I think if you get the right house, they know about all the properties, permits and such.
My advice would be to find a planner here. Someone could really help you get all that taken care of. If you go through the hotels, it’s a piece of cake. Coming in and wanting to do a ceremony and reception in a residential area or state park might be more tricky with a ton of hoops.
Oh, and definitely get the dog part checked out early. The shot needed takes 120 days of quarantine but all you need to do is have your puppy vaccinated there and keep her on the mainland for those 120 days. Afterwards, you can apply for the 1 day release program. otherwise, she’ll have to stay at the Hawaii Sate quarantine facility. I miscalculated the days when I brought my little guy here and he had to spend 18 days in lock up :C I felt terrible. It was not fun for him. Not to mention American Airlines lost him. Literally LOST him. Turned out he was put on a different flight than me. All animals coming in MUST be put in the cargo hold no matter how small they are. When the plane lands, they are taken by crew directly to the quarantine center at the airport and you would have to pick him up there.
Hawaii is rabies free. They quarantine facility is there to make sure the virus doesn’t get here. In all honesty, bringing a dog here for your wedding is totally doable, just REALLY logistically difficult. Not to mention Hawaii itself is really not very dog-friendly. Your options for rental places that will let your dog stay will be very limited and much more expensive. We live here and we barely have any housing options for our dog. It’s not impossible, but it does make things more difficult.
If you’re looking for a beautiful spot, I’d recommend Sunset Ranch in Haleiwa. They can take care of logistics and all you have to do is find a place to house everyone. Thay might be easier than finding a place for both housing and reception. But DEFINITELY look into a coordinator. We did a destination wedding (live in Hawaii, married in California) and I honestly would not have been able to put anything together from across the ocean if it wasn’t for my coordinator.
Good luck! 🙂