Table of Contents:
- Best Places to Elope on O’ahu
- Best Places to Elope on the Big Island
- Best Places to Elope on Maui
- Best Places to Elope on Kauai
- Hawaii Elopement Photo + Video Packages
If you’ve made it to this blog post, we’re assuming you’re dreaming of an elopement that involves all things tropical: panoramic ocean views, white sandy beaches, lush green gardens, rolling tree-covered hills, the works. Hawaii is OBVIOUSLY the best place for a tropical elopement in the country, what with all the pretty beaches and all 😉 There are literally hundreds of incredible places to elope in Hawaii, though, so it can be hard to narrow it down to the perfect one for you.
Which island do you choose? Which lush rainforest? Which luxury beachside resort?!
We’ve photographed many a tropical elopement on the shores of the islands of Hawaii, so we know our shit – and that’s why we’ve compiled this giant list of all the best places to elope in Hawaii in 2023. Our hope is that this list helps you get started thinking about where you want to elope, & get inspired about what your Hawaii elopement could really look like!
These best places to elope in Hawaii are organized by island, and then each island has a variety of different types of venues, depending on what you’re looking for: an outdoor adventure elopement in a state or national park, a 5-star intimate wedding at a beachfront luxury resort, a private ceremony in a cozy bungalow Airbnb*, or a party with your closest loved ones at a wedding venue.
We hope this list helps you narrow down which island you want to elope on, find inspo for your perfect day, & decide which Hawaii elopement location is right for the two of you. And if you’re still not quite sure by the end of this list + want a helping hand, feel free to reach out to us here – we’re total pros at all things Hawaii elopements, so we’re happy to help figure out which venue will best serve your dream elopement!
*Disclaimer: please note that for any beach wedding or state park wedding in Hawaii, you will need to get a Wiki Permit! Every beach we’ve added to this comprehensive list is included in the list of approved wedding locations provided by the Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources.
*Disclaimer about Airbnbs: Not all of the Airbnbs on this list allow parties/events to be held on the property according to their listings, so please make sure you reach out to the owner before booking to ask if you’re able to hold your intimate elopement on-site! If not, you can have your actual elopement ceremony + party with your guests somewhere else (maybe rent out a restaurant downtown), and have the cozy Airbnb to come back to each night. Be respectful of Airbnb hosts & what they allow/don’t allow!
Best Places to Elope on O’ahu
We’ll start off with one of the most popular islands for tourists to visit, the island of O’ahu! O’ahu is home to Hawaii’s state capital, Honolulu, and is a great island to pick if you don’t want to have to choose between great city nightlife & secluded white sand beaches – this island’s got the best of both worlds! SO many of the best places to elope in Hawaii are located on Oahu. Elope at a waterfall, in the jungle, or on the beach during the day and head to Honolulu for drinks + a yummy meal with friends to celebrate with a night out on the town.
O’ahu’s got a massive variety of state parks + recreation areas as well as stunning wedding venues, but no national parks. Here are all of our favorite places to elope on O’ahu!
O’ahu State Parks
- Ahupuaʻa O Kahana State Park
- ʻAiea Bay State Recreation Area
- Diamond Head State Monument
- Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
- Heʻeia State Park
- ʻIolani Palace State Monument
- Ka’ena Point State Park
- Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline
- Kaka’ako Waterfront Park
- Keaʻiwa Heiau State Recreation Area
- Kewalo Basin
- Kukaniloko Birthstones State Monument
- Lāʻie Point State Wayside
- Makapuʻu Point State Wayside
- Mālaekahana State Recreation Area
- Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside
- Puʻu o Mahuka Heiau State Monument
- Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside
- Queen Emma Summer Palace
- Royal Mausoleum State Monument
- Sacred Falls State Park
- Sand Island State Recreation Area
- Ulupō Heiau State Historic Site
- Waʻahila Ridge State Recreation Area
- Wahiawā Freshwater State Recreation Area
Our personal favorite O’ahu State Park: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
O’ahu Wedding Venues
O’ahu Airbnbs + Resorts
Other O’ahu Elopement Locations
Best Places to Elope on the Big Island
Next, we’ve got the Big Island (officially named the Island of Hawai’i), the largest island in the Hawaiian chain. We looove the Big Island for its diverse landscapes and insane amount of opportunities for adventure, from traversing the rolling hills of the island via ATV to hiking up volcanoes to witnessing crazy cool lava fields.
The Big Island has one national park, many state parks, and a wide variety of cozy Airbnbs + tropical resorts that all make for incredible Big Island elopement locations!
Big Island State Parks
- ʻAkaka Falls State Park
- Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
- Huliheʻe Palace
- Kalopa State Recreation Area
- Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
- Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park
- Kīholo State Park Reserve
- Kohala Historical Sites State Monument
- Lapakahi State Historical Park
- Lava Tree State Monument
- MacKenzie State Recreation Area
- Manuka State Wayside Park
- Mauna Kea Ice Age Reserve
- Mauna Kea State Recreation Area
- Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area
- Wailoa River State Recreation Area
- Wailuku River State Park / Rainbow Falls
Our personal favorite Big Island State Park: ʻAkaka Falls State Park
Big Island National Parks
Big Island Wedding Venues
Big Island Airbnbs + Resorts
Other Big Island Elopement Locations
Best Places to Elope on Maui
Maui, you’re up!
Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands, boasting a stunning scenic highway, world-famous pristine white sand beaches, secluded waterfalls in the middle of the forest, and even dramatic black sand beaches. The island has fewer state parks than O’ahu & the Big Island, but makes up for it with one of Hawaii’s two national parks + tons of other little spots around the island ready for you to explore and enjoy!
Maui State Parks
- Halekiʻi-Pihana Heiau State Monument
- ʻĪao Valley State Monument
- Kaumahina State Wayside Park
- Makena State Park
- Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area
- Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park
- Waiʻanapanapa State Park
- Wailua Valley State Wayside Park
Our personal favorite Maui State Park: Waiʻanapanapa State Park
Maui National Parks
Maui Wedding Venues
Maui Airbnbs + Resorts
Other Maui Elopement Locations
Best Places to Elope on Kauai
Last but absolutely not least is Kauai, aptly nicknamed the “Garden Isle” for its massive amount of tropical rainforest + lush canopy that will leave your damn jaw on the floor. From jagged cliffs to the breathtaking, colorful Waimea Canyon to the scenic Na Pali Coast, it totally makes sense why SO many Hollywood films have used Kauai as a filming location!
With 9 state parks, countless high-end beachfront resorts, and miles & miles of glorious beaches, Kauai is an island you will NEVER want to leave. Is there such thing as too many beautiful Kauai elopement locations?
Kauai State Parks
- Ahukini State Recreation Pier
- Haʻena State Park
- Kōkeʻe State Park
- Nā Pali Coast State Park
- Polihale State Park
- Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park
- Wailua River State Park
- Waimea Canyon State Park
- Waimea State Recreational Pier
Our personal favorite Kauai State Park: Waimea Canyon State Park
Kauai Wedding Venues
Kauai Airbnbs + Resorts
Other Kauai Elopement Locations
Whew, that was a LONG list – we know!! Did you find a few locations that you think could be epic locations for your Hawaii elopement?!
Once you’ve narrowed down a few of these best places to elope in Hawaii for your big day, you won’t want to forget to hire somebody to document it all. The memories of you & your partner saying your vows in front of a massive Hawaii waterfall, among the lush green tropics of O’ahu, or walking along a white sandy beach on Maui at sunset, deserve to be captured for you to remember forever.
That’s where we come in – we’re T & Corey, a Hawaii elopement photographer & videographer duo! At the time of writing this, we’re actually about to charge up all our camera batteries and head to Hawaii for an incredible elopement – & we’d LOVE for yours to be the next one on our calendar!!
Learn more about us here to see if you think we’d be a good fit for your day, and then you can take a look at our Hawaii elopement packages here. We’d be so stoked to document the story of your incredible, meaningful Hawaii adventure elopement, so we’re ready to pack our bags when you are! 😉
Now that you’ve narrowed down your list of potential elopement locations, what tf do you do next?! If you’re feeling stuck and overwhelmed with the planning process, look no further than our guide to How to Plan an Elopement for our professional help + expertise!
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