Ceremonies under the Milky Way, romantic excursions to secluded waterfalls and a new, customizable venue with views of Lahaina Harbor are some of the fresh options for romantic Hawaii trips. The Aloha State remains a top choice for destination weddings and honeymoons, and a host of new sites and special programs for tying the knot have expanded the options for couples ready for a deeper commitment.
Here's a rundown of some of the exciting venues and packages introduced in 2018.
• Last year, the Hyatt Regency Maui introduced a wedding package built around its stargazing program.
The Under the Stars package includes a rooftop ceremony 10 stories above Kaanapali Beach with views of the night sky and shoreline followed by a stargazing program with the resort's resident director of astronomy, Eddie Mahoney. The package is ideal for intimate weddings with a maximum of four guests for the ceremony. It includes rehearsal, marriage license arrangement, a nondenominational officiant, two Hawaiian leis, banquet attendant and a keepsake wedding certificate.
• For couples who want something different from the wedding packages at large resorts, one of Maui's newest event venues, Lahaina Loft, offers a 2,000-square-foot, adaptable layout and a professional kitchen. The second-floor space on Lahaina's Front Street boasts views of the harbor, and the Lahaina Loft's planners work with clients to customize the space.
• To get away from the crowds for a romantic outing or proposal, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers couples tours on the Island of Hawaii that include a stop at a 1,200-foot waterfall, where the company has exclusive rights to the landing spot. Tours from Hilo or Waikoloa include views of lava flows, the coastline and lush tropical forest before setting down by the towering cascade for a private moment.
• For couples with memorable, breathtaking photos at the top of their list of wedding priorities, Casafras Photography out of Kihei, Maui, specializes in wedding shoots, including the "trash the dress" trend where the couple jumps into a body of water or mud in full wedding attire. Casafras owner Cassie Pali can also coordinate two "adventure wedding" packages: a beachside ceremony or a wedding at sea for up to 60 people, including a boat, permits, flowers, marriage license, music and an officiant.
• On the Garden Isle, the Sheraton Kauai Resort launched a handful of wedding packages in 2018. The menu of options for nuptials includes four oceanfront ceremony locations with the largest accommodating up to 200 guests. Each package includes an officiant, a musician and wedding coordination. Couples also choose five items from a list of inclusions, such as a free room night or car rental.