Whether yours will be a Hawaii beach or sunset wedding, a wedding at sea, or at Pukalani Falls Garden or the Queen Emma Summer Palace, there are a few things you will need to know about Hawaii prior to your arrival and the arrival of your guests. At Hawaii Weddings, we want to make your wedding day and your stay as memorable and pleasant as possible! We’ve compiled a list of a few “do’s and don’ts” you may want to keep in mind.
Slow down and enjoy Hawaii. Hawaii is a state that isn’t as rushed as many other states in the mainland, one that moves at a bit of a slower place. Take it easy and enjoy yourself!
Learn simple Hawaiian words such as ‘Mahalo’ (thank you) and ‘Aloha’ (hello or goodbye).
Book flights between the islands ahead of time. If you decide you want to go to another island to shop, dine, or for entertainment, it isn’t as simple as jumping on a plane. Book inter-island flights ahead of time, and you’ll also enjoy cheaper rates.
Rent a car ahead of time for good rates, and to ensure you have a way to get around the island. Rent your car in a travel package, or discuss it with your travel agent.
Have children attending the wedding? Find calm, ‘kid friendly’ beaches such as Kamaole Beach in Kihei or Baby Beach in Lahaina.
Participate in some of the culture and activities in Hawaii. If you’re in Oahu, visit the Iolani Palace or Bishop Museum. Consider a trip to the top of Mauna Kea, try Hawaii regional cuisine, go SNUBA diving (no certification required).
See a red flag? Don’t go in the water; strong undertows and high waves are extremely dangerous.
Plan your wedding around a holiday, as Hawaii is generally crowded during these times. If you must come on a holiday, try to book a flight on the actual holiday, rather than on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, as weekdays are the best for flying.
Assume that public transportation is available on all of the islands. While there is a bus you can take almost anywhere in Oahu, the neighboring islands do not always provide public transportation. To ensure you can go anywhere you like, rent a car.
Forget to apply sunscreen! The last thing you want is a painful sunburn on your wedding day, or to be forced to stay out of the sun because of a severe burn. Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, preferably 50. The Hawaii sun is much stronger than on the mainland, and you may find yourself with a bad burn in half the time or less you would normally burn.
Leave your golf clubs behind. If you’re a golf enthusiast, you’ll want to enjoy some of the beautiful championship golf courses around the islands.
Assume you’ll spend your time laying on the beach. There is so much to take in and enjoy in Hawaii, laying on the beach may be what you do least. Make the most of your time on our gorgeous islands!
Bring bad driving habits with you. While honking may be a normal, everyday occurrence in the mainland, it’s considered rude in Hawaii. However, during a wedding procession honking is not frowned upon.
At Hawaii Weddings, we want to help you make the most of your Hawaii destination wedding. If you’re getting married in our gorgeous state, take a look at the wonderful wedding packages we have to offer!