The Hawaiian Islands are a go-to destination wedding location and with good reason. Hawaii has a heavenly temperate-tropical climate and exotic local culture, but your guests won’t need a passport to visit. The Island of Hawaii, known as “the Big Island,” is less crowded than the other major islands. As the largest island, it offers a dizzying array of natural wonders and activities to keep all your guests happy. Yes, even your soon-to-be mother-in-law. Below is our guide to the perfect big island wedding weekend.
Step 1. The venue
The Holualoa Inn, located in the artist village of Holualoa, is a unique venue offering the perfect combination of formal and casual. Your Big Island wedding can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your personal style. You can have refinement and ceremony without sacrificing comfort and heart.
The inn and our event space sit nestled on our 30-acre coffee farm, just up the hill from Kailua Kona. Our venue offers privacy, tranquility, and abundant natural beauty. The stunning vistas, old-growth trees, and tropical gardens offer an array of beautiful backdrops for your precious moments. Whether you’re envisioning an intimate gathering or a grand affair, our venue offers versatile spaces to accommodate your needs. Check out our various wedding packages, schedule a tour of the property, or request more information.
Step 2. The itinerary
Friday – Arrival Day
Afternoon – Drop your bags and feel the stress of travel just melt away as you sip refreshments, smell sweet floral breezes, and take in the soothing views of the Kona Coast. Start your stay the aloha way with a traditional Hawaiian lei greeting. Have a little time to kill before checking in? Explore Holualoa Village’s various galleries showcasing the work of local artists.
Evening – Grab dinner at Holualoa Farm & Kitchen, conveniently located within walking distance of the inn, or take a short drive to explore the variety that Kailua Kona has to offer. A couple of our favorites, Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill and Magic’s Beach Grill are only a 10-15 drive away. Don’t feel like going out? Let us do the cooking and arrange a heat-and-serve dinner for two at the inn.
Saturday – Wedding Day!
Early Morning – Wake up to a delicious gourmet breakfast and 100% Kona estate-grown coffee. Our chefs are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions or food allergies. After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely walk in our private art and sculpture garden.
Early Afternoon – Gather your wedding party and glam squad in our spacious Red Barn. This room is the ideal accompaniment space for hair and makeup and even includes a spacious dressing room and mirror to get wedding ready. With so much room to spread out, it’s a comfortable and convenient space to prep and includes a kitchenette and Kona coffee to keep your day fueled. You can even arrange for fruit and cheese platters or filling lunch wraps for your guests to graze on while you get ready.
Just steps away from the Red Barn room is the Malulani Pavilion and Great Lawn for your ceremony and reception. We provide a list of preferred vendors to help you find the perfect photographer, food, décor, flowers, and entertainment for your Big Island wedding, but you’re welcome to choose any vendor you like to make the event truly your own. Need some wedding inspiration? See what other couples have done.
Late Afternoon – Ceremony! Exchange your vows and say your “I dos” on our Great Lawn, surrounded by friends and family while the sun dips into the Pacific Ocean.
Evening – Reception, your style. Make it a formal affair with an elegant catered dinner or make it a dance party with a taco truck. Whatever your vision is, we can help you bring it to life.
Sunday – Relax Day
Early Morning – Breakfast at the inn. Each morning chefs prepare a different specialty dish and fresh fruit from the gardens.
Afternoon – You can’t have a trip to Hawaii without a beach day! There are many beautiful beaches on the island, some only a 15-minute drive from the inn. Visit convenient Magic Sands, picturesque Kua Bay or, for lots of room to spread out, bring your wedding party up to Hapuna Beach, the largest white-sand beach on the island. Enrich your beach day with the inn’s complementary array of beach equipment including chairs, umbrellas, coolers, and snorkel gear. Our chefs can even pack to-go lunches for your adventure day.
Evening – If you’ve rented the whole estate, enjoy a pool party and barbeque with your guests at the inn. No need to drive or make dinner reservations, just grab any leftover drinks from your reception, some local steaks, fish, or veggie skewers to throw on the grill, and take a dip in the pool or hot tub. Our spacious Ohana room includes a kitchenette with all the accoutrement you need to host an intimate barbeque for your friends and family. You won’t find a better view anywhere else.
Monday – Check Out Day
Another hearty breakfast before heading to the airport. Have an early flight? Our kitchen can pack a to-go breakfast for you. Not flying till late? Leave your bags at the inn while you go adventuring or book an extra day at our half-price rate so you can stay in your room till it’s time to fly.
Not ready to say goodbye yet? Make it a honeymoon and add extra days to explore the wonders of the Big Island!
Don’t miss Big Island specialties like a coffee farm tour, a visit to the summit of Mauna Kea or snorkeling with manta rays! After a perfect Big Island wedding, let our concierge team help you plan the perfect honeymoon.
Accommodation: A whole estate rental transforms the estate into your personal vacation home. Our property can accommodate 19 sleepover guests in our Inn, Darrell Hill Cottage and Red Barn. Whole House Rentals include daily breakfast, housekeeping services, beach equipment, and all the 100% estate-grown Kona coffee you can drink. Our dedicated staff’s attention to detail and kindred aloha spirit reflect pride in our property and a genuine delight in offering guests an exceptional lodging experience.
Transportation: Tranquil and quiet, the Holualoa Inn is located away from the hustle and bustle of Kailua Kona, but conveniently only 10-15 minutes away from restaurants and shopping. Renting a car is recommended.