One of the most important things in Planing your Maui Wedding is the actual location of your wedding.
In determining where you want to tie the knot, I would recommend you look at the following locations for an out door wedding.
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Big Beach ~ Makena
Big Beach in Makena is known for its often high surf which attracts surfers and boogie borders during the day. This large sandy beach is almost 2/3 of a mile long and over 100 yards wide. There is a smaller section of the beach connected by a path on the right, known as “Little Beach”. The division between Big Beach and Little Beach was caused by a lava flow and earthquake in 1790. The hill dividing the beaches is called Pu’u Ola’i or Earthquake Hill. Just off to the other end of Big Beach is a beautiful mix of palm trees, white sand beach and scattered lava rocks trailing out into the ocean.
Charley Young Beach
This intimate location offers it all for a Maui Beach Wedding ~ Grassy lawn overlooking the ocean, dramatic lava rock formations, white sandy beach, palm trees and more. The 3-acre beach park is located at the north end of Kamaole I Beach Park. The sand is soft and smooth and slopes very gently into the ocean. The area is sheltered from the wind and affords beautiful views of the ocean and Kihei town.
Five Palms Restaurant
On the oceanfront grounds of the award-winning Five Palms Restaurant, this private location on Keawakapu Beach is ideal for those looking for a ceremony/reception site with a manicured lawn, rock/sand beach and lush tropical foliage. Gorgeous views of the ocean stretching out to Maui’s sister islands Lanai and Kaho’olawe
La Perouse Bay
Located in the protected ‘Ahihi Kina’u Natural Area Reserve, La Perouse Bay is a beautiful lava rock beach formed by the only recorded eruption of the Haleakala volcano over 200 years ago. The drive to the bay and the bay itself are reminiscent of the barren landscape of what Mars or the moon may feel like. There is little vegetation, but the stark contrast of rock and sea make this a very unique wedding location.
Also known as ‘Secret Beach’, this location has become increasingly popular for weddings given its unique combination of white sand beach, dramatic lava rocks, palm trees and tropical foliage. This location offers breathtaking views of Molokini and Kaho’olawe, and offers a gorgeous backdrop for your ceremony at any time of day
Often called ‘Heart Rock Beach’ for the abundance of coral and sea rocks that wash ashore here ~ many of which are shaped like hearts. This beach is primarily visited by vacation renters during the day, and is often very quiet at sunset. During low tide periods, this beach offers many interesting wedding locations due to the many large rock formations that flank its sides.
Located just north of the Maui Prince Resort in Makena, North Malu’aka offers a great view of Kaho’olawe, Molokini and the West Maui Mountains. This location offers a bit more privacy than its Southern companion during the evening, perfect for a simple beach ceremony.
A very secluded beach next to Po’olenalena accessible by a tricky lava rock trail makes a perfect location for those looking for a private, pristine white sand beach and contrasting lava rocks trailing into the ocean. This beach is not easily accessible, and is recommended for smaller, morPolo Beach
Located behind the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea, this beautiful beach offers terrific views of Kaho’olawe and Molokini, with a soft white sand beach, lava rock outcrops, and a mix of beautiful palm trees and tropical foliage. This beach is an excellent location for those looking for a primarily sandy beach with interspersed
e intimate ceremonies.
Located adjacent to Wailea beach, this unique grassy lawn area rises sharply on a hill that overlooks the ocean and Wailea Beach. Adding to the drama of this location are several tall palm trees that seem to rise forever and provide a sense of royalty atop this well manicured area. The lawn itself is seldom used by tourists, but this location is best suited for early morning or sunset weddings.
Black Rock ~ Ka’anapali
Ka’anapali beach at Black Rock is a gorgeous location that is extremely popular during the day with snorkelers and swimmers. The rock is almost completely encrusted in coral with a large assortment of fish and sea turtles, making the snorkeling experience unforgettable. Hawaiian legend states that the spirits of warriors left the earth to meet their ancestors by leaping from this rock, and a nightly ritual honoring this tradition is performed here.
D.T Flemming Beach ~ Kapalua
Adjacent to the Ritz~Carlton, Kapalua, this beach is popular with boogie-boarders and body-surfers during the day. Also, popular for picnics and sunbathing, this beach provides the best ambience for weddings in the early morning hours since the sun sets at the far right end of the beach.
Hyatt Regency Resort
This beautiful resort at the south end of Ka’anapali Beach offers several great amenities and attractions in a meticulously manicured setting. While we can use the beach here, or at any location free of charge, the private resort grounds here make a beautiful backdrop for your wedding pictures. With several waterfalls, ponds & streams, bridges, interesting architecture and beautiful tropical plants and trees, the Hyatt Regency is a popular choice for wedding couples looking for a more private ceremony.
Ironwoods Beach ~ Oneloa Bay
Officially known as Oneloa Bay, this beautiful stretch of beach is primarily visited by few vacation renters and property owners adjacent to this beach, and is typically less crowded than the nearby DT Flemming Beach and Kapalua Bay. The beach itself is accessed by a paved downhill path with several sets of stairs, making it ideal for smaller, more intimate ceremonies. Also, this beach faces North-East, so this site is typically not ideal for sunset weddings.
One of the most popular and well-known beaches on Maui, Ka’anapali beach seems to stretch on forever. South of Black Rock, this beach is normally very crowded with patrons of the many fine resorts that line this beach. Just north of Black Rock, however, there are fewer resorts and the beach offers the same stunning views without quite the crowds. This beach is recommended for early morning and sunset ceremonies.
This unique lava rock formation in Kapalua stretches far and wide into the ocean, and the surface is unusually smooth given its exposure to the trade winds. Privacy is afforded by the several large bushes and trees on the coast line, while wide-open views and dramatic sea-cliffs make this location unforgettable for your wedding.
Maui Heritage Gardens
Located in the lush ‘Iao Valley, Kepaniwai Park’s Heritage Gardens was established in 1952 as a showcase for Maui’s diverse heritage with ethnic houses and gardens representing the Hawaiian, Portuguese, Japanese, Caucasian and Filipino cultures. In 1994 a community of volunteers completely restored the gardens to its original beauty. The cool waters of the ‘Iao Stream flow through these gardens, feeding the ponds and small waterfalls constructed here. This tranquil, picturesque spot is perfect for your tropical, non-beach wedding ceremony.
Maui Tropical Gardens
Tropical Gardens of Maui is a 4-acre botanical garden and export plant nursery located in ‘Iao Valley of central Maui. For nearly 20 years the gardens have been raising and exporting quality orchids, palms & other rare and exotic plants. While primarily a nursery, the grounds here do offer a few choices for quaint, lush tropical garden weddings for smaller-scale ceremonies.
Maui Tropical Plantation
The ultimate location for tropical island feel, the Maui Tropical Plantation offers gorgeous scenery throughout. The entire plantation is bounded by the majestic West Maui Mountains, which slowly taper to rolling fields and orchids, culminating at the focal point fish and duck pond which is beautifully lined with an array of lush tropical plants and towering palm trees. The gazebo and lawn area provide an unmatched private outdoor wedding location.