Hawaii’s Top Beaches!

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Hawaii’s Top Beaches!

For Scenery & Romance

Hawaii's Top Beaches
On Kauai’s north shore, Hanalei Bay is scooped out of waterfalls and white sand – possibly the most beautiful beach setting in Hawaii. Wend your way down to Kauai’s Lumahai Beach and find yourself in the gorgeous landscape of the movie “South Pacific.” Gaze across the Auau Channel from Maui’s Kaanapali Beach to see why it was voted “Beach with the Best Sunset.” Feeling energetic? Hike three miles to Hawaii’s remote Green Sand Beach where olivine, a rare volcanic crystal, sparkling blue water and frothing surf create spectacular surroundings. And for day and night dazzle, Oahu’s famous Waikiki Beach is a postcard in motion: sensational people-watching, friendly, learn-to-surf waves, and a grassy park shaded with palms and banyan trees.

For Swimming

Hawaii's Top Beaches
Spectacularly photogenic, Oahu’s Lanikai Beach is a mile of golden sand considered to be the best swimming beach in Hawaii. Waimanalo is also a local favorite, ideal for body-surfing, boogie boarding and swimming. Sheltered Anaehoomalu Beach is one of the best recreational beaches on the Big Island. On Hawaii’s west side, Hapuna Bay, offers ideal swimming and boogie boarding conditions, plus abundant fish and coral, superb for snorkeling. And tucked away in Wainapanapa Park, near the end of the “Road to Hana” on Maui, is a black sand beach and serene cove perfect for swimming, snorkeling or exploring the volcanic rock caves.

For Snorkeling

Hawaii's Top Beaches
Hanauma Bay on Oahu is sheltered in the crater of an ancient volcano, rich with sea life and ideal for snorkelers of all ages. Picturesque Kee Beach, on Kauai’s North shore, is the best snorkeling spot in the island – and be sure to stay for the dazzling sunset! Lanai’s exquisite Hulopoe Beach Park is a jewelbox of colorful fish and stunningly clear water. Punaluu Black Sand Beach, on the south coast of the Big Island, is a sanctuary for green sea turtles, with very scenic snorkeling. On the rocky reefs of Maui’s Kamaole Beach Parks, lucky snorkelers can see sea turtles and parrot fish – also a good spot for whale viewing.

For Surfing

Hawaii's Top Beaches
Though resident surfers all have a favorite spot, Oahu’s North Shore is the mecca of big wave surfing, and Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and Haleiwa Beach Park are among the world’s most famous – and certainly most scenic – surfing spots.

For Families

Hawaii's Top Beaches
Maui’s many superb family beaches include Wailea Beach and nearby Palauea Beach, as well as golden Kapalua Bay Beach. Kauai’s Poipu Beach is landscaped with lava boulders that create a sheltered pool with still, shallow water. Windward Oahu’s long, scenic Kailua Beach Park is a great place for picnics and ideal for windsurfing. On the Big Island, Hapuna Beach State Park is rarely crowded and offers shade, picnic tables and good snorkeling around the rocks at the north end.

Hawaii Destinations

Discover Maui Hawaii’s Inner Beauty

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Discover Maui Hawaii’s Inner Beauty

Discover Maui Hawaii's Inner Beauty

In the inland center of Maui is Iao Valley State Park, home to the landmark 1,200-foot Iao Needle. This towering rock formation juts upward from the valley floor, a ragged peak of brown lava rock that contrasts with the blue skies and lush, deep green vegetation. Hiking trails abound near the Needle that lead to lookout points with stunning views of both the Needle itself and the surrounding scenery.

Discover Maui Hawaii's Inner Beauty

Eastern Maui boasts another spectacular place to explore, Haleakala National Park. Haleakala Crater is the world’s largest dormant volcano, and its 10,000-foot slope is a hiker’s paradise, with trails that lead above the cloud line for an unforgettable experience. The Park’s terrain also makes for an array of microclimates: trails traverse lush valleys, parched deserts, and everything in between – including coastal waterfalls. Haleakala Crater is also regarded as one of the best places to watch a Hawaiian sunrise creep over the horizon, or to end the day with a sunset and stargazing through Maui’s clear skies.

Discover Maui Hawaii's Inner Beauty

For the true nature lover, Maui’s best offering is the Pipiwai Trail, roughly nine miles from Hana at the edge of Haleakala National Park. This fantastic hike follows the Pipiwai Stream that feeds through the O’heo Gulch, a stunning river valley known for a series of crystal clear ponds that fill craters in the rocks called the Seven Sacred Pools. But as gorgeous as they are, the pools don’t hold a candle to the final payoff of the Pipiwai Trail: Waimoku Falls, Maui’s largest waterfall. Towering 400 feet above the gulch floor, Waimoku cascades down a sheer lava rock wall into a pool filled with boulders. It is a natural spectacle that truly must be seen to be believed, and makes for a breathtaking way to have a break from the beach!

Hawaii Destination Wedding

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Hawaii Destination Wedding

As the ceremony progresses, the bride and groom exchange leis as a symbol of their eternal love. Traditionally, this act is followed by the bride and groom’s parents presenting leis to the happy couple and the bride and groom responding in kind by presenting leis to their soon-to-be in-laws. As the Hawaiian wedding song (Ke Kali Nei Au – “Waiting for Thee”) is strummed out on the ukulele (and interpreted by hula dancers!), the kahu leads the couple in their wedding vows.

Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel, Hawaii - Couple @Pool

Before the exchanging of rings, the kahu dips a koa wooden bowl into the sea (koa wood, native to Hawaii, represents strength), and a ti leaf, which represents prosperity and health, is dipped into the water and sprinkled over the rings three times as the kahu recites a traditional chant. Once rings have been exchanged and vows said, a lava rock, symbolic of the moment you made a commitment to one another, is wrapped in a ti leaf and left at the ceremony site as an offering to commemorate your union.

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Six spectacularly beautiful islands: Maui, Oahu, Big Island, Kauai, Molokai, and Lana’i, each offer breathtaking scenery, gorgeous white beaches, (near) perfect weather, and each showcase their own individual uniqueness that sets them apart from the next! Couples looking for a privacy and seclusion should look into Lana’i, while couple who need a nightly party scene should scope out Oahu! Need adventure in your life? Head straight to Kauai!

Maui, Hawaii, United States

To apply to wed on any island in Hawaii, you’ll need the following:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Proof of age (certified copy of birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license)
  • Divorce decree or spouse’s death certificate (if previously married)
  • Arrange for a licensed minister (this information is required on the marriage license application); for a list of licensed officiants, call the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau at: 808-924-0266.

The following will need to be done in person:

  • Bride and groom must appear together before a marriage license agent in Hawaii to apply for a marriage license
  • Provide the above listed proof of age documentation
  • Provide a complete marriage application (downloadable online)
  • Pay the $60 marriage license fee in cash at the time of the application

Once your application is approved, a marriage license will be issued on the spot! This license is valid for 30 days (including the day of issuance) and is good throughout the state of Hawaii – but only in Hawaii.

Hawaiian Island Personality Match for Your Honeymoon

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Hawaii Big IslandOn the Big Island enjoy the black beaches and romantic waves. This is an amazing time to view water falls from a helicopter as you sip champagne and hold each other’s hands. You will be in for a thrill ride when you fly right next to the 442 ft tall flowing falls of Akaka Waterfalls. If you want to see stars and have an out-of-this-world experience, spend an afternoon or evening at the Mauna Kea Observatory. There are also amazing botanical Gardens in all the Islands that it is definitely a must to stop at one or two!

 

Hawaii Kauai

Go to Kauai and climb through the Kukui, Kalalau, or Kuilau Ridge trails and enjoy the view. You may even want to hop in a kayak and see the secret falls. Or if you prefer the less sweaty method, take an intimate helicopter tour on any of the Islands for a view larger than life. Your hearts will be pounding and you will never forget the sights of the trip. This is a smaller Island so you can see all of it in a one week stay! Oh and don’t be alarmed if you see chickens roaming outside of the airport, or on the mountain tops, even in beach parking lots!

Hawaii Maui

For those of you who connect on the dance floor, Maui is a night owl’s dream!! Some of the best places to go, rated by travelers like you are: Kimo’s(845 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761), Pacific’o (505 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761), , Kahale’s Beach Club (36 Keala Pl, Kalama Village, Kihei, HI 96753), The Cellar 744 (744 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761), and Longhi’s(888 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761). But not only is there a long list of clubs and bars for you to enjoy, the dining experience on this island is one in which to indulge yourselves. You have just about every type of experience from mom and pop type shops to swanky dinners out in your favorite little black dress.

Hawaii OahuOahu is the third largest Ise in the chain, but with Honolulu as the capital, it is the most populated. However, if you want a Hawaiian beach get away, the possibilities are numerous. Try Sunset Beach located on the North coast of the island great for surfing, or just watching the surfers for hours.Or Hanauma Bay (one of the most popular beaches on the island) on the Southeast coast. If you would like to see gold sand between your toes and wade in calmer seas, travel to Ala Moana beach Park. It’s perfect for those city lovers because it’s between both Honolulu and Waikiki.