Outdoor Wedding Venues on Maui

By Hawaii.com Team

Garden of Eden Arboretum, Maui.  Photo:  Hawaii.com member Melissa S.

Garden of Eden Arboretum, Maui. Photo: Hawaii.com member Melissa S.

Perhaps no place on earth is better suited to an outdoor wedding than the paradise known as Hawaii. Miles of sun-kissed shoreline, golden sands, vast views of islands rising from the sea, flowers blooming in fragrant profusion, tropical lagoons and gardens of vivid green — our Islands offer some of the world’s most spectacular and romantic settings.

Surprisingly, much of this natural beauty is available free of charge — or at nominal cost — to wedding parties. Of course, some settings are more secluded than others, which may mean you’ll have to share the shoreline (and those first moments of wedded bliss) with other outdoor enthusiasts. Keep in mind also that some beaches and beach parks may require a permit through Maui County offices.

A few things to keep in mind: It’s wise to allow a day before your ceremony to visit your planned location to ensure it’s picture perfect. If you choose a tropical or mountain locale, ask about the chance of “liquid sunshine” — a.k.a. rain in Hawaii. You may need a back-up plan or covered pavilion so a cloudburst won’t dampen your spirits and photo ops. Also, beaches can be blustery and blistering at certain times of day so ask an expert or research thoroughly before your big day.

If you choose a remote location — like a secluded mountain waterfall — you may need to spend more for transportation and travel fees for your officiant and other participants, like musicians or caterer. And don’t forget about those rain showers!

Where to turn for help? You can “do it yourself” with thorough research and planning — our guide to the great outdoors is a start — or turn to one of the many wedding planners who provide services throughout the Islands. Most offer weddings from “sweet and simple” to “lavish and luxurious” and everything in between.

HEAVENLY SPOTS ON MAUI:

BY THE SEA

Laniupoko Beach

Just outside Lahaina, this grassy beach park features palms, picnic tables and restroom facilities. Free

Kahamanini Beach/Wailea Beach

A beautiful beach conveniently located behind the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons resorts. Free

Makena Cove

Expect amazing sunsets and panoramic views from this slice of white sand encircled by lava rock. Free

Makena Beach

This lovely location near Maui Prince Hotel closes early evening so plan your vows for morning or afternoon. Free

Little Beach

A beautiful beach just past Big Beach is secluded and sometimes frequented — surprise! — by beachgoers in their “birthday suits.” Free

Kaanapali Beach

This popular public beach is conveniently located near Kaanapali’s many resorts and restaurants, where you could dine after your “I do’s.” Free

South Maluaka Beach

A foliage-framed beach park, located next to the Maui Prince Hotel in Makena, also features a white sand beach. Free

Kamaole Beach Park

A pretty beach park located in Kihei. Free

Kahekili Beach Park

Next to Kaanapali Beach, this picturesque beach park sports a spacious lawn where you can avoid the sand but still get that sunset shot. There’s also a pavilion in the event of a cloudburst. Free

IN THE GARDEN

Keali’i Nui Oceanfront Botanical Gardens

Unspoiled beauty awaits at Keali’i Nui, an 11-acre estate once the site of an ancient royal Hawaiian village and now showcasing streams, tropical flora, a waterfall and reflection pool and reception terrace. Reserve through wedding coordinator

Tropical Gardens of Maui

Lovely landscaped grounds and unique plant life create a magnificent setting for a wedding by the koi pond, three-tiered waterfall or step bridge. Reserve through wedding coordinator

Garden of Eden Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Exotic specimens from the South Pacific fill this botanical paradise in charming Hana, where you’re assured a beautiful backdrop for your wedding.

Visit www.hawaii.com/weddings for more ideas and information.

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