5 Best Wedding Venues on Hawaii Island (Big Island)

By Karen Rose

Volcano Treehouse. Photo: Jon Mikan Photography at www.mikanphotography.com.

It’s difficult to find a more perfect location for a Hawaiʻi destination wedding. There are so many incredible venues to choose from, the only challenge will be choosing which venue is the perfect one for you. Here a few favorites.

1.  Chapel by Sea at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa

Imagine a seaside chapel set beneath a crystal blue sky and alongside a sapphire colored ocean surrounded by fragrant tropical flowers. This is the scene of the Chapel by the Sea, set on a 22-acre oceanfront garden at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Keauhou means ‘a new beginning,’ the perfect name for lovers searching for the perfect location to start their new life together. Designed for weddings, the Bayside Chapel is the ideal setting for a memorable wedding and a post-ceremony celebration on the reception lawn. From intimate ceremonies to grand affairs of 300, the Chapel by the Sea and the Bayside Wedding Gardens at the Sheraton Kona is a magical place to tie the knot.

2.  Kahua Ranch

Kahua Ranch. Photo: Jai Mansson.

Located in beautiful North Kohala, Kahua Ranch is an 8,500-acre property sprawling across Kohala Mountain Road at a cool elevation of over 3,000 feet. Sunset views and emerald green, rolling hills provide a magnificent location for a romantic and rustic wedding. Guests can take advantage of cowboy games such as learning to use a lasso or brand a wooden board. There’s fun to be had for guests during cocktail hour or just socializing between the wedding ceremony and the reception. If rustic western love is your thing, Kahua Ranch is the perfect venue for you!

3.  Hulihee Palace

Hulihee Palace. Photo: Trick of the Light.

Have a wedding fit for a princess at Huliheʻe Palace on Aliʻi Drive in Kailua Village. Built in 1838, the Palace was the summer vacation home of Hawaiian Royalty and today is maintained to perfection with it’s priceless artifacts and antiques. Enjoy a sunset wedding as the sounds of the ocean provide your background music. The lawn is perfectly manicured and shaded by hala and Palm trees, making it the perfect location for any wedding ceremony. The maximum capacity is 100 allowing for ceremonies ranging from simple to extravagant.

4.  Hokukano Bayhouse

Waterfall, pool and hot tub at Hokukano Bayhouse. Photo: Hokukano Bayhouse.

The Hokukano Bayhouse is a beautiful Balinese style, oceanfront estate located in Keauhou Bay. With over 100 feet of oceanfront property and gorgeous sunsets, this quaint and classy venue comfortable holds up to 75 guests with both a lawn and a bay house to hold a reception. The house accommodates 14 guests in 16 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, making it perfect for a destination Hawaiian wedding. The home features its own swimming area, as well as a rock island just steps away from the coast. There’s also custom rock stairs offering stadium views of Keauhou Bay.

5.  Volcano Treehouse at Kilauea

Hawaii Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano. Photo: Karen Rose.

Volcano Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano. Photo: Karen Rose.

Volcano Treehouse a Kilauea offers a wedding and an adventure in one! The lovely owners of the Volcano Treehouse at Kilauea offer an all-in-one wedding experience. Get married in the enchanting gazebo surrounded by twinkle lights in the middle of the rain forest. They also provide the music, photography and accommodations. Adventure lovers will want to check out the romantic and enchanting treehouse nestled high up in rainforest canopy. Get cozy and soak up the warmth of the fragrant cedar jacuzzi while gazing at the stars. After the ceremony, sip on champagne and relax on the treehouse lanai. In the morning, enjoy a cup of local Hawaiian coffee and listen to the birds welcome the day.

Visit www.hawaii.com/weddings for more ideas and information.

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