It’s no secret that the Hawaiian Islands are a popular destination for weddings. From San Francisco to Sydney and Toronto to Tokyo, thousands of couples a year make plans to swap their vows in paradise.
Most weddings take place on the major Hawaiian Islands including Oahu and Maui, however, the island of Lana’i remains an exclusive getaway where you can escape the crowds. Here, on this small island of 3,300 residents, you truly feel as if the entire island is your private, romantic retreat. The sense of calm and complete silence experienced each night at sunset, and the way in which the surf erases footprints from the shoreline, all create an atmosphere that was designed specifically for you.
Of all the places to get married on Lana’i, the most popular spot is Hulopo’e Bay. This crescent of sand on the southwestern coast has been named the best beach in America, and there are numerous areas surrounding the beach which you can choose for the location of your ceremony. For those who don’t mind a short walk, the cliff top perch gazing out towards Pu’u Pehe is just a five-minute stroll from Hulopo’e. Fittingly known as “Sweeheart Rock,” this iconic sea stack offers panoramic views stretching back towards Maui and Kaho’olawe. Perfect for those seeking an intimate venue, this is a spot where you can exchange your vows on an altar which has been dramatically sculpted by the sea. For many, it’s the definition of romance and simplicity.
Or, for a larger venue, the Four Seasons Resort, Manele Bay offers a host of options for swapping your vows in luxury. From the on-site salon for getting ready before the wedding, to the oceanfront cabanas looking out over the bay, this world-class resort raises the bar on tropical elegance and romance. It’s no wonder that Bill Gates was famously married here on the 12th hole of the golf course, because when you have a view that gazes out towards 7,000 miles of ocean, what other backdrop in the entire world could possible compare to Manele?
Not a beach person? That’s okay. Lana’i also offers a rural, refined venue which is set in the mountain uplands. At the Four Seasons Resort, The Lodge at Koele, you can stroll across the grasses of an empty pasture and take photos in a private gazebo. You can exchange your vows amongst the mists of the highlands before retreating to your own private whirlpool. Here, beneath a canopy of pine trees which form the island’s storied watershed, there is a sense of history and complete escape to accompany your island wedding. It’s almost as if—despite the popularity of the islands—you’ve found a corner of Hawaii in the uplands of Lana’i that few have yet to discover.