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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.