Sitting on the edge of the Napali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii.

Hawaii is one of the most popular elopement destinations in the world. With its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and dramatic volcanoes, it’s easy to see why.

If you’re thinking about eloping in Hawaii, there are a few things you’ll need to consider. In this blog post, we will cover everything you need to know about planning a Hawaii elopement; from budgeting to choosing the right location, we’ve got you covered.

Everything You Need To Know About Planning A Hawaii Elopement

Hawaii boasts world-class beaches, sweeping sea cliff-views, and dense rainforests. Having spent a significant amount of time in Hawaii, we know exactly what it take to make this dream plan become reality.

Step #1: How Much Is It To Elope In Hawaii? (Set A Budget)

Step one is to set a budget. So, how much does it actually cost to elope in Hawaii?

While Hawaii is one of the most popular elopement destinations, be aware that it is also one of the most expensive. You can expect to spend anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 (this is still considerably cheaper than the average traditional Hawaii wedding cost of $30,000+).

Hawaii's dramatic coastline makes the perfect backdrop for your elopement photos

Elopement expenses include airfare, lodging, rentals, gowns, photography, and more. But, the grand total cost of your elopement will depend on a number of factors such as the length of the guest list, the time of year, and the type of ceremony you have in mind.

However, with a little planning and creativity, you can easily stay within budget and enjoy a beautiful Hawaii elopement without breaking the bank.

Step #2: When Is The Best Time To Elope In Hawaii? (Set A Date)

There are many factors to consider when setting the date for your Hawaii elopement. The time of year can affect not only the weather but also the overall vibe of your ceremony.

While some couples may prefer the warmer months, others may prefer the cooler weather and lighter crowds. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what time of year is best for your Hawaii elopement.

Hawaii is blessed with beautiful weather year-round, although the temperature does vary depending on the time of year. The summer months tend to be the hottest, with temperatures often reaching into the high 90s.

If you’re looking to avoid the heat, you may want to consider eloping in the spring or fall. However, keep in mind that rain is more likely during these months.

Hawaii is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons, which means that hotels and beaches can get crowded during peak wedding season (May-August).

So if you want to avoid the crowds, you may want to consider eloping during the shoulder season (April-September) or off-season (October-March).

Step #3: Best Places To Elope In Hawaii (Set A Location)

The archipelago state of Hawaii is made up of a grand total of 137 islands. That’s a lot! So, just in case you’re overwhelmed by choice when it comes to finding your perfect elopement destination, here are five of our favorite spots:

📍 Hanalei Bay – Kauai

Kauai is often called the “Garden Island,” and it’s easy to see why. From the moment you arrive, you’re surrounded by lush greenery, fragrant flowers, and towering mountains.

Hanalei Bay is one of Kauai’s most popular spots for weddings and elopements. The bay is flanked by towering cliffs, and its turquoise waters are dotted with Kauai’s signature Hawaiian canoes.

Whether you’re getting married on the beach or atop one of the cliffs, Hanalei Bay is sure to provide a breathtaking backdrop for your special day.

Where To Stay In Kauai

👉 Waimea Plantation Cottages: This is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for Kauai accommodation that’s a little bit different.

These historic cottages offer visitors a taste of old Hawaii, and they’re located in one of the island’s most beautiful settings. The cottages are situated on 50 acres of beachfront property, and each one has its own lanai (traditional veranda) and private garden.

You can also take advantage of the property’s swimming pool, tennis courts, and activities center. And you can choose from cozy one-bedroom cottages to spacious three-bedroom villas.

Hanalei Bay in the Hawaiian island of Kauai is a beautiful place to elope

📍Haleakala National Park- Maui

Haleakala is a 10,023-foot volcano that last erupted around 200 years ago. This mountain’s summit is the highest point on the island. Haleakala means “house of the sun” in Hawaiian.

This is an idyllic place to elope, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, and hikes. Haleakala is also home to a diverse range of plant and animal life, making it a truly magical place to exchange vows. 

Haleakala National Park is a great place to elope because it is very private and secluded. In particular, t’s one of the best spots for a sunrise or sunset ceremony.

Where To Stay In Maui

👉 Hotel Wailea: Listed as one of the “Top 21 Most Romantic Hotels in the World”, Hotel Wailea is set amidst Maui’s stunning natural beauty, and its AAA Five Diamond rating is a testament to its luxury standards.

Guests can choose from a variety of room types, including suites with private balconies that offer sweeping ocean views. In addition to its excellent accommodations, Hotel Wailea also offers a world-class spa, three swimming pools, and five restaurants. 

If you really want to indulge during your Hawaiian elopement, Hotel Wailea is the perfect place for you.

📍 Hulopoʻe Beach – Lanai

Hulopoe Beach is often cited as one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii. The sparkling ocean water and soft white sand make it a perfect place to exchange vows, and the nearby cliffs provide a dramatic backdrop.

Lanai is one of the most remote and unspoiled islands in Hawaii, making it a great choice for couples looking for a truly unique experience.

And Hulopoe Beach is only accessible by foot or by four-wheel drive, which adds an extra sense of adventure to your elopement.

Where To Stay In Lanai

👉 Four Seasons Resort: For your first time on the secluded island of Lanai, splurge a little for the Four Seasons Resort. This is a quiet retreat that blends a traditional, rustic style with modern amenities.

The resort is located near Hulopoʻe Beach Park and Shark Bay; access to activities is simple, and the hotel still remains quiet and secluded. These activities include hiking, biking, kayaking, or simply relaxing and taking in the incredible views.

The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, which serves delicious Hawaiian cuisine. 

📍 Akaka Falls – The Big Island

At 442 feet, Akaka Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Hawaii, and it’s surrounded by lush rainforest. The Falls are accessible via a short hike, and there are several small platforms that offer stunning views of the waterfall.

Akaka Falls is the perfect spot for an intimate elopement ceremony in Hawaii

For couples looking to escape the stresses of daily life, Akaka Falls is the perfect place to elope. The Falls are located in a lush, tropical setting, and the cascading waters create a sense of tranquility and romance.

There are plenty of secret spots around the falls for an intimate ceremony. And The Big Island’s mild climate means that Akaka Falls is a great destination any time of year.

Where To Stay In The Big Island

👉 Mahana House Country Inn: This beautiful inn is set in a lush tropical garden, just a short drive from Hilo town on The Big Island.

The rooms are spacious and stylishly furnished, and the friendly staff will make you feel right at home. The inn has a pool, a hot tub, and a fitness center. It also offers an on-site restaurant and bar.

Mahana House Country Inn is also conveniently located near many of Hilo’s attractions. It’s within walking distance of Hilo Bay, Hilo Zoo, and Hilo Municipal Golf Course.

📍 Lanikai Beach – Oahu

Lanikai Beach on the island of Oahu is a stunning place to elope. With its powdery white sand and crystal-clear water, it’s easy to see why this beach is ranked as one of the best in the world. 

The island of Oahu has a relaxed, laid-back vibe that makes it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And Lanikai Beach is conveniently located near Honolulu, so you can easily get there from the airport.

Whether you’re looking for a simple ceremony on the beach or an adventurous hike to the top of Lanikai Pillbox, this stunning location has everything you need to make your elopement truly unforgettable.

Where To Stay In Oahu

👉 Hidden Gem! Turtle Bay Hideaway: This self-catered apartment has a private pool and garden. Other amenities included are a private beach area, car rental, BBQ facilities, tennis court and free parking.

The accommodation is clean and comfortable, with friendly and helpful staff. But what really makes Turtle Bay Hideaway a hidden gem is its location. Situated on the north shore of Oahu, the apartment is surrounded by pristine beaches, lush foliage, and crystal-clear waters.

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option surrounded by natural beauty, then this is a great choice!

Step #4: Hire A Hawaii Elopement Photographer + Videographer

Here are some tips on how to hire the right elopement photographer and/or videographer who can capture your special day.

Why not plan a sunset elopement in Hawaii?

First, it’s important to find a photographer/videographer who has experience shooting in the Hawaiian islands. There are many beautiful locations for elopements in Hawaii, from beaches to mountains to waterfalls, and you’ll want a professional who knows how to make the most of these scenic locations. 

Second, take some time to browse through portfolios and read reviews. This will give you a good sense of each photographer’s or videographer’s style and whether they’re a good fit for your vision.

Lastly, you’ll want to ask about any add-ons or extras that they offer, such as engagement photos or video packages.

When it comes to hiring an elopement photographer or videographer in Hawaii, doing your research ahead of time will help you find the perfect match for your big day.

Note: Bypass the confusion and reach out to us for more details about an elopement photographer! Send us an email at [email protected] for more info!

Step #5: Plan Your Travel (Hawaii Elopement Tips)

Hawaii is a popular option for couples looking to get married in a beautiful, tropical setting. And while an elopement to a Hawaiian island may seem like a spontaneous decision, there is actually quite a lot of planning required.

Laura standing on the edge of the expansive Waimea Canyon in Kauai, Hawaii.

Below is some helpful information about the legalities of tying the knot in Hawaii, the most affordable time to travel, and essential items you should pack for your romantic getaway.

How To Legally Elope In Hawaii

Great news! Eloping in Hawaii is actually quite simple and straightforward. You just need to cove these three important steps:

  1. Couples need to obtain a marriage license from the Hawaii State Department of Health. This can be done online or in person and requires proof of identification and residency. 

    Note: You and your partner must be at least 18 years old
  2. Once the license has been obtained, couples need to find an officiant who is authorized to perform marriages in Hawaii. Thankfully, there are plenty of options available, from traditional clergy members to more unique officiants like “lava guides”.
  3. Following your ceremony, you will need to file a marriage certificate with the state of Hawaii within 30 days.

Once you’ve covered these necessary steps, just pick a scenic location that’s special to you – whether it’s on a secluded beach or atop a volcanic crater – and exchange your vows surrounded by the natural beauty of Hawaii.

Note: If you’re getting married in a national park or state park you will likely need a “Special Use Permit”. Be sure to check with local authorities before your ceremony.  

When Is The Cheapest Time To Travel To Hawaii?

Hawaii is a beautiful destination that is perfect for a romantic getaway or an adventurous vacation. However, many people think that Hawaii is out of their price range.

While Hawaii can be expensive, there are ways to save money on travel. Traveling during the off-season can help you avoid the crowds and find better deals on flights and accommodations.

The cheapest time of year to travel to Hawaii is mid-April to June. The second most affordable time of year is mid-September to November.

If you’re on a budget, you definitely want to avoid the summer and winter months. In fact, December to April is the most expensive travel period with everyone flocking to Hawaii to escape colder climates.

In addition, couples should consider flying mid-week and during early morning or late evening hours when flight prices are lower.

By doing some research and being flexible with flight times, it is possible to find affordable travel options to Hawaii.

What To Pack For Hawaii

Hawaii is the perfect place to declare your love and start your lives together. Of course, you already know about the beach vacation basics: sunscreen, sunglasses, bathing suit, camera, etc. But, here are a few other essential items you should pack:

Find the perfect resort in Hawaii for your romantic elopement

➡️ Comfy clothes: Pack some comfortable and breathable clothes that you won’t mind getting a little sandy or wet. Hawaii is a beach paradise, after all. A flowy dress or linen shorts will be perfect for your ceremony on the sand. 

➡️ Sturdy hiking shoes: If you’re planning a more active elopement, make sure you have a good pair of hiking shoes to help you navigate the trails. Hawaii is home to some of the most beautiful hikes in the world, but the terrain can be challenging.

➡️ Lightweight rain jacket: Hawaii is known for its beautiful weather, but it’s also prone to sudden downpours. Pack a light raincoat to keep you dry during any unexpected showers, or if you’re trekking through damp rain forests.

➡️ Maps & Guidebooks: If you’re an adventurous couple and enjoy exploring off the beaten path, you should definitely invest in a good map. Many stunning locations around Hawaii have limited phone service, so you won’t be able to rely on Google.

Hawaii Elopement Packages

If you need help building the perfect Hawaii elopement package, or have any more questions, please get in touch with us at: [email protected]

Hawaii offers so many activities for an adventurous elopement

We want to ensure that you’ll have the ceremony of your dreams.

Conclusion: Hawaii Elopement Ultimate Guide 2022

With its stunning beaches, lush vegetation, and romantic sunsets, it’s no wonder why Hawaii is a dream elopement destination for many couples.

Whether you’re looking for a white-sand beach, where you can exchange vows or a more intimate spot next to a waterfall, Hawaii has something for everyone. 

So, there you have it – all the information you need to start planning your Hawaiian elopement and the romantic trip of your lifetime.