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Elope On Big Island Hawaii In 5 Easy Steps

So you want to get married on Hawaii Big Island but you don't know where to begin? KOA?! ITO?! Not sure what airport to fly into?

No worries. My name is Deanna. I'm the owner of Kona Wedding Officiant® in sunny Kailua Kona Hawaii. I'm here to help keep in simple for you. That's my job, that's what I do.

Elope On Big Island Hawaii In 5 Easy Steps

1. Figure out where you're going.

Kona - KOA

Kona is located in West Hawaii. This is considered the dry or desert side of the island. We generally have sunshine and this is where most of the beaches are located. We recommend our couples look for these towns when booking accommodations:

Kailua Kona






Hilo - ITO

Hilo is the wet side of the island. It's where the waterfalls are and it's closer to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This area experiences high rainfall and some sunshine, which creates for an incredibly tropical Hawaiian landscape. Rain is likely so bring an umbrella. There's not a lot of beaches on this side of the island, but there's a lot of exploring you can do.

Kona and Hilo are separated by Saddle Road. It takes about 1 and 1/2 hours to travel between these two locations and about 4 hours to travel completely around Hawaii Big Island.

2. Find a wedding team.

Some planners, like me, offer affordable, intimate, all inclusive wedding packages for couples and families.

Some couples like to be their own planners and hire their Officiant, Photographer, Florist, etc. separately. Whatever your level of complexity is, find your team and lock in your dates.

3. Book your accommodations and flights.

Check Google maps to make sure where you're staying isn't in a remote location away from services like grocery, beaches, and tourist attractions (unless this is what you're going for). Read reviews for hotel and AirBnbs.

4. Arrive for your marriage license appointment.

Make sure you arrive 1 business day before your wedding to pick up your marriage license in person. This is a mandatory Hawaii State requirement. Learn more here - How To Get A Marriage License In Hawaii

5. Rent a car. You need one.

Once you have your team, accommodation's marriage license application and vehicle, you'll be ready for your Hawaii wedding or elopement!

Aloha - Deanna - Kona Wedding Officiant®, Owner, Licensed Minister & Marriage Officiant.

To learn more about planning your perfect wedding day in Hawaii, explore our main page - or connect with us anytime to book your dream destination wedding at Kona Wedding Officiant® 808-209-6275

Photography Provided by Kona Wedding Officiant® Associate Photography Team All Images protected by Copyright of Kona Wedding Officiant®


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