Hawaii is a beautiful place to get married, with it’s gorgeous beaches, awe-inspiring mountains, consistently great weather year round and beautiful sunsets. It is the most isolated population center on earth, with a population of 1.416 million (2019) spread across eight main islands, Hawaii (The Big Island), Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau.
Couples from Asia, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US Mainland prefer to get married in Hawaii as it is a central point in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, which allows guests from around the Pacific Rim to come together to celebrate.
Every island has a different vibe. I will start with Oahu first, known as “The Gathering Place”, it is the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Roughly two-thirds of Hawaii’s population resides on Oahu, it is also home to our state capital Honolulu. Though it is the most populated Hawaiian Island, you can always find an empty beach somewhere on it’s 227 miles of coastline. I would say Oahu is the best of everything with it’s beautiful beaches, shopping and world-renowned pacific rim cuisine. There is definitely something for everyone here and especially if you are having a destination wedding with friends and family flying in from around the world and it is their first time to the islands, Oahu is the perfect island to start with.
There are many direct flights to Honolulu International Airport (HNL), with the quickest direct from San Francisco in ~5 hours. Oahu is considered by many as one of the most beautiful of the Hawaiian Islands. Dr. Beach has ranked some of Oahu’s Beaches, the most beautiful in the world: Lanikai (1996), Kailua Beach (1998, 2019), Hanauma Bay (2004, 2016), Duke Kahanamoku Beach (2014) and Waimanalo Beach (2015) and the Koolau Mountain Range is one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in all of the Hawaiian Islands.
Oahu’s North Shore is also known as the Surfing Capitol of the World. Oahu also boasts the largest open-air shopping center of the world – Ala Moana and the best and most diverse restaurant scene in Hawaii.
Here are some of the best wedding venues on Oahu, listed in alphabetic order: