(Closed) Reception Ideas :)

posted 10 years ago in Hawaii
Post # 3
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25 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I have researched TONS or venues on Oahu – just about all of them except the hotels. I’m happy to share any info.

One of my favorite places that we decided against is the Waikiki Aquarium – fun, casual, beachfront, etc. It’s fairly inexpensive but has some restrictions.

Let me know what your vision is and I’ll share all my research.

Post # 4
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57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Hi Kini!  I would love to hear your research!  πŸ™‚  I am holding my second reception here on Oahu (I live here and am having a destination wedding on the mainland).  The Waikiki Aquarium has been my favorite place so far…but the restrictions were a bit much.  Any thing else that you have found that is kid-friendly, casual, and open-air?  I have even been thinking of renting a vacation rental house on the beach somewhere.

Post # 6
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25 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Oh my goodness, I feel so helpful and popular. Fun!

I thought I’d respond here so others can get the info too, and add their two cents. If you want to reach me directly, I am more than happy to give you detailed info.

Hulafish: We’re also still considering a beachfront rental. We’re hoping to have 100 guests and a medium-sized budget. So far the rental home options are few and far between but I haven’t given up. One place you should definitely consider is Ke Iki Beach Cottages on the North Shore. A friend of mine had her wedding there and loved it and another friend of mine is planning hers there in 2009. We decided against it because it was a little small and casual for our vision. But definitely check it out. The people who own it are super chill.

CrazyloveHI/PinkMochi: I haven’t been on the Knot much, I still find it overwhelming. But sounds like I really need to log on for good discussions like these. We looked at Luana Hills. In my opinion, the best of all the golf course clubs. Absolutely gorgeous! They have relatively new ownership and their events staff is the same as the Willows restaurant (I have not been there but many people are familiar with it). I honestly don’t remember the price except that it seemed very reasonable. As for size, I think 200 might be about their max but definitely ask them. They were cool about getting back to me quickly. 

In case anyone can help me out… We’re currently debating between the Pacific Club, Lanikuhonua, or a private rental. Any thoughts?

Post # 7
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57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Ooh, the pacific club would be very nice and classy!  That’s a great idea.  Do you have to be a member, or get a member to sponsor you?  I have not heard of Lanikuhonua, but I will look in to it right now…

Thanks for the Ke Iki suggestion, I had actually forgotten about that place! 

  

Post # 9
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25 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

OMG, you totally make me feel like a celebrity. Hooray!

With regard to Luana Hills, I never emailed them, I just made an appointment to visit on Saturday morning by calling them. They were very nice and they offered to treat us to their Sunday brunch so we could try the food. So if you really want to consider them, try the food and then make your decision.

As for the Pacific Club, you do need to know a member. Luckily my boss offered. But we still haven’t decided for sure.

Hulafish, another great place is Kualoa Ranch. Really pretty but casual and completely open-air. 

So hard to make a decision, huh?!

Post # 11
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36 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2018

 

 

How about a museum, a church or school grounds or a community center? 

Post # 12
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I moved to Oahu with my boyfriend in May, who became my fiance in May.  Originally i thought we’d get married back home in CA, but it’s so beutiful out here and it just seemed like the perfect oppurtunity to bring those closest to us out for a fantastic time.  So we’re planning on renting a large home for about 20 people for a week and also holding the reception at the home.  We’ve found a few great places. 

 http://www.alohalion.com/oahu/turtlebay/317/317.html

and

http://www.greatrentals.com/rental-property/p191968

 It would be nice to find something a little less expensive though.  Anyone know of any good rentals?

 

Suzanne

 

Post # 13
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57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Hi Suzanne!  I had the same idea for our receptions (a second reception since we are getting married in TN).  It would be SO fun to have a vacation rental for a few days, or a week and have the reception there too!

Here are a few places I have found on VRBO…I will check out the ones you posted too, thanks!

http://www.vrbo.com/73267

http://www.vrbo.com/60741

http://www.vrbo.com/31688

http://www.vrbo.com/31309

 

-stacey 

Post # 14
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hi Stacey,

Before you get too attached to any of these places, make sure to check with them to see if they are willing to have the reception on site.  I’ve had some people who are all for it with no extra charge and others who won’t accomodate it at all.   

So far the owners or rental agencies have been very eager to book our dates.  We are actually going to see one of the sites this saturday to make sure the ground can handle an outdoor reception.  I’m excited to see.

 The rentals are much cheaper than hotels and you really get the feel of the untouched Hawaii. 

When is your wedding?

 -Suzanne

Post # 15
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Hi all —

I highly recommend Kualoa.  They are really quite flexible and nice, and the best things:  they’re affordable, considering several properties here wanted thousands just so I could put my lil’ feet on their grass, and they don’t have a lot of rules.  The cons are that they’re far (for Hawaii, which means about 20-30 minutes away from downtown/Waikiki), and that they are a ranch, so they’re pretty bare bones — it’s not golf course quality grass, you have to make sure someone checks that all the horse poop gets picked up, and you have to bring in rentals — everything from lighting to chairs (which Kualoa *can* arrange for you).

I tried doing the private home rental thing, but the really really nice homes are in ritzy neighborhoods where they are cracking down on having parties and/or they are picky about noise to begin with. I tried to go through a rental agency, but they told me that except for the Sullivan Estate and the Paul Brown Estate (both are gorgeous, but expensive), most private estates don’t allow weddings/parties. 

Those of you who are doing the small gatherings and actually staying in the homes are probably OK.  I was trying to find a home that could accomodate 120 people on the lawn.

The Dillingham Estate has been in flux, but it’s very pretty.  if you can afford it, there’s a place called World of Aloha — it’s SOOOO beautiful, despite the cheesy name (http://worldaloha.com/), but it cost, IIRC, $8000 for just the venue use. (No tents, chairs, etc.).  Bit of trivia: there’s a little house on the property that was used in the Karate Kid 2 movie, and if you want to stay there overnight, I was told, you can.  (It’s also far out on the Windward side, near Kualoa.) For smaller parties (less than 100), the Bayer Estate is really pretty, but I think it can get pricey — it’s better for small, brunch or afternoon tea kind of weddings.

Lanikuhonua is beautiful, but they have a lot of rules, so if you use it, be sure to get a coordinator who can take care of it all for you.

The Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Contemporary Art Museum both were not allowing weddings anymore as of last year.  They may have changed their policies since then.  The Bishop Museum just finished renovating, and they have beautiful grounds. We liked them, they weren’t too bad on price, but they were renovating at the time. The Hawaii State Art Museum is downtown, and is very pretty.  The large lawn was $6000, I think, and the smaller upper patio was much less…can’t remember how much. It’s a little weird for parking if your guests are from out of town, though.

If you want to use a public park or beach, there are beautiful ones, and they’re free, you need a permit, though, but there is no public consumption of alcohol, so you’d have to have a dry wedding, or run the risk of hiding it and getting busted.

The Iolani Palace has recently opened up and is allowing private, non-Hawaiian events.  They have a beautiful barracks that’s open air.

I used these folks as our day-of-coordination services, and I highly recommend them, however, they now have a minimum event budget requirement, which I can’t remember off the top of my head:  http://current-affairs.net/oahu.asp  Check their list of venues, though — they use some very nice places, but some can only be used if you hire them, and they’re not cheap. 

Finally, a big challenge on the private, non-hotel/non-country club venues is that many require that you be shut down and off property relatively early: like 10PM.  Some are more flexible than others (I think we shut down at Kualoa at 10, and left by 11, and they didn’t complain). So if you’re party-’til-you-drop people, you’ll have to come up with after-party plans, or should make sure you have a venue that will allow it. 

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