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Thursday
Mar032011

Great Wedding Locations Nearby Hale O Nanakai

Hale O Nanakai's ideal location on the beautiful South Shore of Kauai offers an array of perfect spots for that intimate wedding! Whether it is a beachside wedding you want, or a small informal setting  in the Japanese Garden at KukuiolonoPark, your perfect little wedding can become a reality with the least amount of fuss.  

Getting your Marriage License on Kauai is quick and easy. There are several Health Department Agents on Kauai who are authorized to issue your Marriage License. To make an appointment for your Marriage License,  (808)274-3100 or Sandy in Poipu at (808)332-7133. Bring your MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION, your ID's such as Drivers' License or Passport, and $60.00 Marriage License processing fee (cash only).

Those that are charging for services (wedding planners, ministers, entertainers, etc.) to perform weddings and vow renewals on State beaches will need to get a Right of Entry (ROE) permit from the Dept. of Land & Natural Resources. The Bride or Groom do NOT need to get that permit - those you are hiring are responsible for securing the proper permit. It is quick and easy to get the permit and costs only around $20.

Hawaii is also now the 7th State in the U.S. to have legalized Civil Unions, effective January 1, 2012. Why not combine you wedding and honeymoon all in one?

Here is a short rundown on beautiful wedding locations near Hale O Nanakai:

Kukuiolono Park - Japanese Garden

  Located within walking distance of Hale O Nanakai B&B is the beautiful Kukuiolono Park,where a magnificently landscaped Japanese Garden is a favorite of discerning couples. Weddings may be conducted here between 8am and 4pm for a cost of $60 for a two hour event.

A nearby pavilion overlooking the majesty of Haupu Mountain, the vast Pacific Ocean, the South and West Shores and McBryde's emerald coffee fields serves as an ideal spot for your reception. It has picnic tables under and plantation style, open air structure with restrooms and breath taking views and is surrounded by meticulously landscaped flowering trees and plants.

The area has a unique and special history. It was once the site of an ancient Hawaiian temple (or heiau) and there are still some stone icons in the garden, including a "mirror" and a fish god, left over from that era. The mountaintop was also the site of a signal fire that alerted warriors from Mahaulepu to Waimea of invasions from the ocean.

 Mahaulepu Beaches
If you don't mind a bumpy dirt road ending in a dirt parking lot, then a short flat trail to the beach, this is a gorgeous private setting on the South side for a morning or sunset wedding. If you are slightly adventurous and want a beautiful, uncrowded spot, there are are many spots to choose from.. high on a lithified cliff overlooking the ocean or on a secluded beach.

Poipu Beach Park
Grassy area, golden sand, picnic shelters, tables, restrooms. Too crowded in afternoon, evening. Less crowded early morning. How about a wedding just after dawn?

Shipwreck BeachLocated near Poipu Kai Resort and Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort, this is a convenient and popular beach wedding location.

Hale O Nanakai is working with local lei makers, wedding officinators, musicians and caterers to help guests with small wedding parties to experience the best Kauai has to offer in the area of blissful nuptials.

We also reccomend, proposing to your partner, or taking a celebratory private air tour of Kauai compliments of Wings Over Kauai.