Renewing Your Vows in Hawaii

The Basics

With dramatic mountain-backed beaches, lush tropical gardens, and elegant resorts, Hawaii offers awe-inspiring settings for vow renewals. Each island has its own vibe and, since they were formed eons apart, a slightly different version of South Seas beauty. All share authentic connections with ancient Hawaiian traditions, such as an exchange of fragrant leis or a traditional Hawaiian blessing chant, which can be incorporated into vow renewal ceremonies. 

  

Pros

  • Gorgeous South Seas settings and culture
  • High-quality hotels and resorts with experienced planners 
  • Exotic yet still the U.S. so no language or currency adjustments


Cons

  • Can be expensive
  • Travel time from mainland and expense may deter guests from joining you
  • Few all-inclusive options so costs can be difficult to predict

Five Places We Love

Oahu: Hold a luau for up to 200 or exchange vows in a chapel amid tropical foliage and waterfalls at the 22-acre Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.


Maui: Set on a rocky outcropping on the sunny side of Maui, the Wailea Beach Resort hosts beachfront and ballroom celebrations.


Big Island: Seclusion-seekers love Mauna Kea, where a favorite sunset vow renewal spot is set atop an ancient lava bluff overlooking the sea. 


Lanai: On this laid-back island, Four Seasons Resort Lanai venues include intimate garden patios, gracious gardens, and rock-cliff framed beaches.


Kauai: At Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, you can exchange vows by the sea, in a formal garden, or on a terrace overlooking the resort’s expansive lagoons.