Question - Best Beach for Wedding Ceremony?

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Hello there,

My fiance and I will be in Hawaii (Hilton Waikoloa Village) Nov 13th-20th and would like to get married while we are there.  It would be a very small, intimate ceremony only with 5 people (including us).  Do you have any suggestions for a beach or park point that we should check out?  Are there any licenses or fees other than the marriage license and officiant fees?

Thanks for your time and help!




Jen, although the Hilton Waikoloa Village is an expansive and beautiful hotel, the nearby beach (Anaehoomalu Bay) does not offer an intimate or romantic setting for a wedding.  I recommend you hold your wedding ceremony at one of these beaches:

1.) Waialea Beach.  This beach is a short drive from the Waikoloa Village, but off-the-beaten track and rarely crowded.  The beach itself is more austere (no large hotels in sight, just beautiful white sand and azure waters.)  There are a few picnic tables next to the paved parking lot.

2.) Kikaua Point Beach.  This beach is situated on the Kohala Coast, not far from Waikoloa.  The powdery white sand lies in a protected cove so the water is always calm.  Although the beach is not that large, you can hold your ceremony to the north on the point that is surrounded by palm trees and a grassy lawn facing the adjacent bay (Kukio Bay).

3.) Makalawena Beach.  This is our absolute favorite beach on the Big Island.  You will rarely find more than a handful of people on this beach because it isn’t the easiest beach to get to…  First you have to drive on a very rough dirt road for several miles, then you will have to hike about 20 minutes across the dried lava fields.  But, once you get to the crescent white sandy beach, you will see why this is our favorite.  In the late afternoon, the low sun turns the sand a pink color - perfect for your wedding ceremony.

All of these beaches are “public” beaches and no permits should be required.  Makalawena is part of the Kekaha Kai State Park and is closed on Wednesdays.  Also, double-check the hours of operation to make sure it doesn’t “close” in the evening.  The County will lock the gate to the approaching road at close time.  All three of these beaches are on the west-facing Kona coast, so the sunsets will be spectacular.

Good luck with your wedding!

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  1. Jen says:

    Thank you SO much!! This is awesome information and I sincerely appreciate your time and help! :)
    Thanks again!

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