Weddings these days can get pretty extravagant—from tiny elopement ceremonies to huge parties with hundreds of people—but no matter the size and circumstance, there’s no denying that a Hawaii wedding is a dream setting for lots of couples. With its warm, tropical weather, peaceful palm trees, and gorgeous blue waters, Kona has many great wedding venues, with options including catering, reception choices, and more, where brides and grooms and everyone in between can spend the happiest day of their lives in a tropical island paradise. From a barefoot-in-the-sand beach ceremony to a massive luau reception, Kona has got enough options to suit just about every couple out there.
1.Kona Beach Bungalows
© Kona Beach Bungalows
There are six luxury homes available for rent at Kona Beach Bungalows, meaning that wedding guests and party alike can stay and play close to the festivities of the wedding and reception. Sleeping accommodations can be provided for up to 45 guests, while weddings of up to 75 guests can be hosted at Kona Beach Bungalows. While Kona Beach Bungalows does not personally cater or provide entertainment for weddings, the venue has a long list of affiliated vendors whom they trust and work with often, so couples planning a wedding there can have an easy time choosing the food, music, photographer, florist, and more, especially if they’re planning the wedding from a distance.
Kailua, HI 96740
2.Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
© Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Getting married at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel means saying, “I do” in front of an incredible ocean or vista backdrop. At this Courtyard Marriott location, the happy couple will be taken care of completely, no matter their preference. Small, intimate beach weddings are easily done, as are huge wedding luau receptions with up to 500 guests, and the wedding party and guests will receive special room rates if they book at least 10 rooms for the duration of their stay. An on-site team of culinary experts will craft an exceptional Hawaii-inspired reception dinner, and couples can choose from 16 different event spaces for the setting of their special day.
75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua, HI 96740, Phone: 808-329-2911
3.Daylight Mind Coffee Company
© Daylight Mind Coffee Company
Wedding photos will be out of this world for couples who marry at Daylight Mind Coffee Company, with views overlooking Oneo Bay and the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, which look unbelievable at sunset. The wedding catalogue at Daylight Mind includes a full service catering menu of pupus, entrees, and desserts including the cake itself. The team of event planners at Daylight Mind will personally make sure that the happy couple has everything they need for the best day of their lives, even if they are planning the wedding from a distance.
75-5770 Alii Dr, Kailua, HI 96740, Phone: 808-339-7824
© Hokukano Bayhouse
With its steeply angled ceilings, wood paneling, and open pillars through which guests can catch a glimpse of the blue waters of the Pacific through a curtain of palm trees, the Hokukano bayhouse is just plain gorgeous. Couples who get married at Hokukano Bayhouse can enjoy a ceremony on their very own private island, while family and friends look on from stadium seating at the water’s edge. The venue is especially stunning at sunset. For receptions, Hokukano has a variety of seating and catering options, and the bayhouse makes for a perfect dance floor.
78-133 Ehukai St, Kailua, HI 96740, Phone: 808-322-7000
© Holualoa Inn
Holualoa Inn is set on 30 acres of tropical paradise, with terraced gardens that burst with vivid tropical flowers in bloom, airy bungalows overlooking the ocean, and six lavish guest rooms and suites as well as a couple of rental cottages and accommodations. Weddings at Holualoa Inn are elegant and unforgettable, from the moment the couple wakes up to coffee and breakfast, through the Kona coastline as the backdrop to the ceremony, to all the festivities of the reception afterward. Couples looking for a much more intimate experience can look into Holualoa Inn’s elopement packages, which offer a beautiful and romantic way for two people to say “I do.”
76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa, HI 96725, Phone: 808-324-1121
© Hulihe‘e Palace
Hulihe’e Palace was built in 1838, and for a long time it served as a vacation home for Hawaiian royalty. This lavish residence has since been converted into a museum, home to many incredible artifacts from Hawaii’s history, but those looking for a unique and beautiful place to get married should look into Hulihe’e Palace as an option. The grounds of the palace are very versatile, meaning weddings can be planned and arranged in a variety of ways, overlooking the serene waters of Kailua Bay. The gorgeous architecture of the building is nearly as impressive a backdrop for wedding photos as the natural landscape of Hawaii itself, but by getting married at Hulihe’e Palace, couples won’t have to choose between the two because they will be getting both.
75-5718 Alii Dr, Kailua, HI 96740, Phone: 808-329-1877
7.Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
The wedding of a lifetime is easy to plan and execute at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. As the couple says their vows under a delicate wooden trellis heaped with tropical flowers, backdropped by the gentle waves of the blue Pacific ocean, guests and wedding party alike will feel the emotion that is high in this beautiful place. Everything from the rehearsal dinner to the reception can be hosted at this venue, with the help of the catering service on staff, the 22 acres of gorgeously landscaped grounds, and the 4 event rooms to choose from.
78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua, HI 96740, Phone: 808-930-4900
© Sunshower Coffee
Kona is well-known for its incredible coffee that is grown on the island, so true caffeine-addicts should look into getting married at Sunshower Coffee, a stunning coffee farm in Holualoa. Sunshower Farms offers a rustic country wedding mixed with the tropical destination wedding experience, for a result that is breathtaking and simply unforgettable. Couples who get married on this 8-acre coffee farm can enjoy a small wedding on the back lanai, a tented reception on the gorgeous green of the lawn, and even an indoor space in case of inclement weather. Sunshower has a number of chefs they are affiliated with who will work hard to craft a custom menu for the wedding, and of course Sunshower will make sure that guests are supplied with some incredible coffee products during the event.
76-5819 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa, HI 96725, Phone: 808-443-6330
9.The Royal Kona Resort
At the Royal Kona Resort, wedding coordinators work closely with the betrothed couple to make sure their special day is exactly as they envision. Here, black lava rocks line the coast of the Pacific, and colorful sunsets over the water are simply breathtaking. Wedding packages at the Royal Kona range from the “Just the Two of Us” package, which includes champagne, a venue, and the ceremony, to the extravagant Royal Ali’i wedding package, which includes not just the wedding ceremony but also a photographer, music, flowers, champagne, a buffet dinner, a wedding cake, and a full reception for up to fifty guests, as well as a five-night stay in the gorgeous oceanfront honeymoon suite for the married couple.
75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua, HI 96740, Phone: 808-329-3111
9 Best Kona Wedding Venues