More than tiki torches and hula girls, pineapples and Shangri-La, Hawaii offers culture, cuisine, history, sights, sounds and experiences beyond compare. Comprised of six main islands—Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Lanai, and Molokai—the breathtaking beauty of Hawaii ensures you are spoiled for choice when selecting your destination. Visit hidden beaches and towering volcanoes, taste the fare and revel in the experience of an authentic luau, or simply relax and inhale the pure aloha of the islands. This may be your first trip to Hawaii, but we bet it won’t be your last.
Here are a few facts about this stunning locale, in case you’re still deciding on where to host your destination wedding:
Location: The Hawaiian Islands are located in the central Pacific Ocean, approximately 2,400 miles from California. Hawaii is the only U.S. state comprised entirely of islands, and is the northernmost island group in Polynesia.
Languages Spoken: Hawaiian and English
Climate: Hawaii is truly a year-round destination, with fairly consistent temperatures ranging from the mid- to high-80s in the summer months (May to October) to the high-70s in the winter months (November to April). Constant northwesterly trade winds and the always-warm surface temperatures of the Pacific Ocean ensure perfectly comfortable days and nights.
Places of Note: Hawaii (the Big Island) offers a host of natural wonders, including world-famous waterfalls, from 80-foot Rainbow Falls to the incredible 442-foot Akaka Falls. Here, you’ll also find ancient temples, coffee country on the South Kona Coast and multicolored, multicultural downtown Hilo. Maui attracts more visitors than any of her neighboring islands, resplendent with superlative sunrises and sunsets, secret coves, and the famous waves of the North Shore. Oahu is home to three of every four Hawaiians, and also boasts some of the world’s most famous beaches, including Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline to Waikiki Beach and peaceful Haunauma Bay. Kauai is a nature-lover’s dream best known for its lush landscapes bursting with flowers, the Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon. If serenity is what you crave, Lanai offers a compelling mix of rugged back roads and luxury resorts. The smallest of the islands, Lanai still offers big fun. Live like the locals in unspoiled, untouched Molokai—a haven of outdoor adventure and authentic Hawaiian culture.
Resort Options: From rustic retreats to high-end, luxury resorts, Hawaii offers a mind-boggling array of options when it comes to finding a place to stay. Romantic, boutique, 5-star, kid friendly—they’re all here.
Why it’s Great for Weddings: Three words: No decorating required. Seriously, with the backdrop of white sand and the pristine Pacific in multi-hued blues, there’s no more romantic place to tie the knot! Hotels in Hawaii have the destination wedding down to a science and most offer an on-site wedding coordinator, so the most difficult choices you’ll make will be choosing your signature drink and figuring out how to spend your down time. Activities abound for your family and friends, and there’s no shortage of coastline to wile away the hours.
Ready to begin planning your dream wedding in Hawaii? Remember, with help from Ever After’s Destination Wedding Experts, all of your guests’ travel details and group booking needs are taken care of, so you can focus on creating the perfect destination wedding, no matter where you choose to go!
Contact an Expert today at RomanceTravel@EverAfter.com, call us toll-free at 800-256-4920 or visit our website at everafter.com/destination-weddings.
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