Hawaii: The Land of Aloha…saying hello or saying goodbye to the beauty of sea, sun, mountains, lush flowers and the majesty of live volcanoes…Aloha means both.
Imagine exchanging your vows on a Hawaiian beach. Is there a more perfect place to begin your amazing new life together? Say “I do” on the Waikiki shoreline on the island of Oahu, while the dolphins play just yards away, or on a 2,000 feet high cliff on Molokai. Perhaps, you’d prefer the island of Hawaii with a mighty waterfall providing the music for your ceremony.
Hawaii is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. Hawaii is synonymous with romance. You want your special day to be perfect with all the romance the islands have to offer. Consider your own private paradise of lush gardens and a private lake with a lovely gazebo or an island chapel for the ceremony. Haiku Gardens on Oahu presents views second to none that are perfectly romantic. Hold your reception at Haiku Gardens, the food deliciously infused with local flavor, or at nearby Haleiwa Joe’s restaurant, decorated in Hawaiian style especially for you.
There is so much to see and do in Hawaii that you will want to stay forever. Explore Hawaii Volcano National Park on an all day tour and actually walk out onto the lava flows, if conditions are thought to be safe. In addition, this offers honeymooners a visit to a macadamia nut factory, the breathtaking Rainbow Falls, and an intriguing trip to an orchid and anthurium nursery.
Why not take a 45-minute helicopter tour over Maui Island, voted the “Best Island” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for more than a dozen years? Three quarters of the island is inaccessible on foot, but in a helicopter you will fly over the Haleakala volcano at 10,000 feet, the lush tropical rainforests of Hana, and deep valleys with incredible waterfalls. The helicopter is equipped with a video system, and during the flight, your pilot gives a running commentary. Upon landing, a DVD of your personal helicopter ride is available for purchase to keep these memories close at hand.
On Oahu, take a trip below the waves in a submarine. Comfortably settled in an air-conditioned cabin with large viewing ports, you will visit sunken ships and aircraft, and artificial reefs. Exotic fish, turtles, and intricate, colourful coral reefs provide a truly astounding experience.
Visit history on a day trip to Pearl Harbour, the site of the Japanese attack that launched America into World War II. See the Arizona Memorial, and take a trip to the USS Missouri (“Mighty Mo”), which served from WWII to Desert Storm. A tour of downtown Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head Crater is time well spent…and enjoyed.
Another interesting outing is the Iolani Palace, built by King David Kalakaua in 1882, now an interesting museum. The grounds are open daily, admission is free, and on Fridays, weather permitting, the Royal Hawaiian Band gives a concert at no charge.
Hawaii is, indeed, an idyllic place to celebrate the beginning of your life together. Hold your ceremony and spend your honeymoon in this heavenly venue. The Hawaiian islands are a dream come true for newlyweds.