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Nothing Inspires Romance More Than the Hawaiian Islands

April 7, 2014 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

The Hawaiian Islands have always been the perfect backdrop for romance. Whether for an intimate wedding on the beach, the ultimate honeymoon or romantic escape, its year-round balmy, trade wind weather, make Hawaii a dream come true destination.

Each island offers a unique experience. Rejuvenate in one of Kauai’s lush gardens, energize your spirit on Oahu, have a spontaneous adventure on Maui, enlighten yourself on the quiet open roads of Molokai, embrace yourself with pampered solitude on Lānai, or gain inspiration from the sea to the sky on Hawaii Island. The Hawaiian Islands are the idyllic place for a couple’s retreat.

Ideas for romance in 2014 include:

Kaua’i

  • Kaua’i’s Coconut Coast offers a 30-acre tropical garden for couples to exchange their vows near a river revered for its cultural sites. The tropical garden is on the banks of the 21-mile Wailua River, a silky-smooth waterway favored by Hawaiian royalty and now a scenic favorite of Hollywood filmmakers. www.royalcoconutcoast.com
  • Fern Grotto is a popular place to say “I do.” A geological wonder, drippy and covered with ferns, Fern Grotto is a unique destination for couples to exchange their vows. After the boat reaches the dock, the wedding party can take a short walk through a jungle garden to a deck at the entrance to the grotto. A Hawaiian trio will sing “The Hawaiian Wedding Song,” their voices wafting through the garden of bamboo, ginger, banana and ti plants, and other lush tropical foliage. www.smithskauai.com/weddings.html
  • Limahuli Garden in Hā’ena, in the shadow of the mountain named Makana, is now offering guided tours, which offer the perfect way to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary. This garden was made famous as “Bali Hai” in the movie South Pacificwww.ntbg.org/gardens/limahuli.php
  • Allerton Garden (Lāwa`i Kai) lies between the Pacific Ocean and the McBryde Garden in the Lāwa`i Valley, on the south shore of the Hawaiian Island of Kaua`i. It is a garden paradise, transformed through time by the hands of a Hawaiian Queen, by a sugar plantation magnate, and most significantly by an artist and an architect.www.ntbg.org/gardens/allerton.php
  • Na ‘Āina Kai Botanical Gardens, on the north shore in Kīlauea, has a range of romantic environments within its 240 acres: a garden, waterfall lagoon, beach, meadow, and plantation. There is also a maze to entertain the party after completion of a ceremony. The garden’s non-profit foundation also supports many community and environmental efforts.www.naainakai.org 

O’ahu

  • O’ahu’s beaches serve as a perfect place to stroll hand-in-hand, taking in the sights and sounds of O’ahu’s beautiful shorelines. Watch as the ocean turns the diamond-like reflections from the sun into a silver pathway of stars.
  • Waimea Valley is the perfect place for wedding or vow renewal in one of the many settings within the valley. Or visit for a daytime waterfall swim or moonlight walk. Your senses will be enticed by the fragrant aroma of native flowers that only blossom at night. www.waimeavalley.net
  • Moana Lani Spa at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa offers the ultimate couple’s renewal, Moana Lani Spa has two beautiful peaceful and private oceanfront suites, mele Ho’o’ipo’ipo and ‘apuakehau, that cater to those wishing to savor these exquisite moments as a pair. Our private oceanfront suites, personalized with whirlpool tubs, private restrooms and breathtaking views of Waikiki beach, allow you to relax together.www.moanalanispa.com 
  •  The Kahala Spa at The Kahala Hotel & Resort offers Ho’oipoipo (romance), an intimate and relaxing signature experience for two. Imagine a dimly lit room with dancing candlelight and soft Hawaiian music drifting in the breeze. Scents of tuberose, pikake, and plumeria fill the room to create a soft and tranquil retreat for lovers. Begin your romantic journey with signature foot rituals complimented with Hawaiian salts and essence of Island lotions. Complete your romantic experience with decadent Hawaiian floral immersions soaked with hundreds of flower petals. This 3.5-hour experience will ignite the romance in any couple. www.kahalaresort.com
  • SpaHalekulani at the Halekulani invites you to embark on an intimate voyage with your loved one. “Romance Remembered” is designed to spark the pleasure of romance. It begins with a signature Spa Salutation, followed by a soak in a traditional Japanese furo (bath), then relaxing massages and custom facials side by side. Afterward on the terrace, couples can savor champagne and decadent delights prepared by acclaimed Halekulani chefs. Manicures and pedicures provide the perfect finishing touch to your couple’s retreat. www.halekulani.com
  • Mandara Spa at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resortoffers for couples, “An Exploration in Chocolate” treatment, which starts with side-by-side massages in a twin spa suite, followed by application of chocolate macadamia nut exfoliation scrub, and ending with an aromatic bath. www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com  
  • Hoku’s restaurant invites you to sit window-side and enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean as you satisfy your taste buds with this exquisite cuisine. Watch as food is prepared and served straight from Hoku’s open kitchen to your plate as you and your partner enjoy the old charm of The Kahala Hotel & Resort. For an intimate dinner served under the stars in a cabana setting, the Seaside Grill has been home to many marriage proposals.www.kahalaresort.com
  • Bali Steak & Seafood at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort offers a dramatic oceanfront setting, a relaxed atmosphere, and selection of 350 fine wines. Let the weekly fireworks show on Friday night make a romantic dinner even more spectacular. www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com
  • Philip Rickard Hawaiian jewelry allows you to design the perfect necklace or ring to say “I love you.” He can design custom special Hawaiian heirloom pieces, engraved with your names translated into Hawaiian.www.philiprickard.com

Maui

  • Grand Wailea Seaside Chapel shines with completed renovations. Maui’s only oceanfront resort chapel, Wailea Seaside Chapel’s newly whitewashed exterior welcomes wedding parties. Inside the solid oak floors were stripped and finished to their original sheen, the cherry alter and ten pews were refinished and cushioned seats added. The warm sapele wood walls are balanced with colorful stained glass murals of a Hawaiian wedding created by Hawai’i artist Yvonne Cheng while in Italy. Wedding celebrations include use of the chapel, grounds, officiant, florals, lei, music and exclusive services of a Grand Wailea wedding specialist. www.grandwailea.com or call (808) 875-1243.
  • With Hawai’i legalizing same-sex marriages, LGBT couples can look forward to saying ‘I Do’ in extraordinary settings at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. From the “Slide into a New Beginning” wedding ceremony held atop the resort’s 128-foot slide to the resort’s lobby waterfall with its walkway hidden by cascading waterfalls, the choices are simply breathtaking. The 12-acre beachfront resort is also the first and only one in Maui to offer a weddings manager certified to process wedding licenses. www.westinmaui.com or call (808) 661-2504. 

Moloka’i

  • Hawaii Cruise Outlet invites you to embark on a lifetime of wedded bliss with its 10 Day Hawaii Cruise & Hotel Combo Package, which includes two nights at Waikiki Resort Hotel in Honolulu before setting sail on a seven-night cruise that spends more than 100 hours docked in the islands.http://www.hawaiicruiseoutlet.com/
  • Papohaku Beach along with Kapukahehu Beach offers the perfect spot on the island to watch an unobstructed sunset. Time it right, and you may even get a once in a lifetime chance to watch the green flash just before the sun sets.
  • Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove presents the ideal place to watch spectacular sunsets and see the colors of the sky change between the swaying coconut trees.

Lāna’i

  • Visit Kamalapau Harbor where you can sit hand-in-hand as you feel the trade winds brush against you as you watch the quiet sunset.
  • Lāna’i’s beaches provide a romantic escape for you and your loved one. Stroll along the remote stretches of beach where the only other person you can see is the one walking beside you.
  • At Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i at Manele Bay, breathtaking natural beauty and a luxuriously relaxed resort setting is the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway just for two. Take a private sunset sail, enjoy a picnic al fresco, or create your own signature fragrance; the possibilities are endless. Wedding and honeymoon packages are also available.www.fourseasons.com/manelebay
  • Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele presents the perfect atmosphere to cuddle up near the fireplace and enjoy hot chocolate from The Great Hall’s special hot chocolate menu. In the evenings, sit by the fire and enjoy the music of local musicians. www.fourseasons.com/koele

Hawai’i Island

  • Akaka Falls along the flourishing Hamakua Coast offers the perfect place to stop and take pictures together. The energizing views and gorgeous landscape serve as the perfect backdrop. www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks
  • Punalu’u Black Sand Beach serves as the perfect place to stroll along the ocean’s shore and watch the sunset along the ocean’s horizon.
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu, Hawaii Island’s first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes five-star hotel, will host La Dolce Vita from June 9 to 15. This annual resort-wide celebration of the “sweet life” featuring Palmina and Brewer-Clifton wines, includes cooking classes, culinary adventures and spectacular dinners; as well as a variety of spa, retail, eco and entertainment experiences. www.fourseasons.com/hualalai
  • Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel announced the opening of its new weddings office, specializing in weddings, vow renewals, anniversaries, engagement ceremonies and other events. The newly-appointed wedding sales manager will be dedicated to helping with any special event planning needs, from selecting the perfect venue on property to menu planning and guest room accommodations. For more information, visit www.konabeachhotel.com/

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