About The Hawaiian Islands
Oʻahu or Oahu, known as "The Gathering Place" is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands; however, it is the most populous of the islands in the U.S. state of Hawaii. Oahu is famous for it's cities of Honolulu and Waikiki on the South Shore, while on the beautiful North Shore is famed for it's surfing locations like Sunset Beach and Pipeline as well as a host of popular TV shows and movies. It's the most populated island in Hawaii but benefits from having many more services and options available.
Multicultural Modernism – Explore O'ahu if you want to take the measure of multiracial Hawaii, which confounds the categories of census-takers. Here, East and West merge as ancient Hawaii greets the 21st century.
Big City, Small Island – Three-quarters of state residents call 'The Gathering Place' home, and everyone rubs elbows – on the beach and the bus, on city sidewalks and country lanes. Still sprawling, even empty beaches are just a short drive from downtown Honolulu’s art galleries, museums and monuments.
An Endless Feast – If you do nothing else on O'ahu, eat. Japanese izakaya (gastropubs), island-style food trucks, high-wire fusion menus by Hawaii’s top chefs – it’s all here, waiting to be tasted.
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The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles and is the 17th largest island in the United States. Maui is really a nice mix between busy and relaxing. The South Shore is lined with beautiful sandy beaches and breathtaking views of neighboring islands like Kahoʻolawe, Lana'i and Moloka'i. The favored wedding locations are on the South Shores of the Island in Wailea and Makena just south of Kihei. These locations offer beautiful golden sands and a guaranteed sunset over one of the neighboring islands!
Sun and Surf – Justifiably famed for its glorious strands, Maui’s got a beach for every mood – wind-whipped kiteboarding meccas, calm snorkeling coves, hidden gems and some of the biggest surfable waves on the planet. Or just plop down on the sand and scan the horizon for wintering whales.
Trails Galore – Maui’s trails go to the most amazing places: towering ridge-tops, cascading waterfalls, bamboo forests, and a cindery volcanic national park. Choose from easy strolls to hardy backcountry treks.
Locavore Heaven – Grass-fed beef from Upcountry pastures, dayboat fish and bountiful organic gardens ensure Maui’s chef-driven restaurants have the raw ingredients to whip up their famed Hawai’ian regional creations.
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Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is known as the “Garden Isle” which reflects accurately it's green and lush environment. The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs, all aged by time and the elements. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination.
Beyond Kauai’s dramatic beauty, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities. Kayak the Wailua River. Snorkel on Poipu Beach. Hike the trails of Kokee State Parkand even go zip-lining above Kauai’s lush valleys. But it is the island’s laid-back atmosphere and rich culture found in its small towns and along its one-lane bridges that make it truly timeless. If you choose this beautiful island for you destination wedding you will discover the undeniable allure of Kauai.
With the closest traffic light 20 miles away, the North Shore is home to many who came to check in and stayed to tune out. Surfing, hiking, and a contagious (if not invasive) laid-back vibe perpetuate the North Shore life.
Sunny Po'ipu – The most consistently sunny area on the island, Po'ipu is like a tropical version of sleep-away camp. Smiles abound on the South Shore as most days offer activities galore.
Canyons and Cliffs – The rugged terrain on the Garden Island ranges from gaping chasms to sheer coastal cliffs, balanced out by copious verdant flora and topped by the wettest spot on Earth shrouded in cloud. As dramatic as any landscape on the planet, it is exemplary of Mother Earth’s highest potential for land creation.
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About The Big Island or Hawai'i
Hawaiʻi, also called the Island of Hawaiʻi, the Big Island or Hawaiʻi Island, which comprises Hawaiʻi County and the Hilo. It’s easy to feel awed on Hawaii Island. From the molten magma flowing from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the green rainforests of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach; Hawaii Island is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature.
To avoid confusion with the name of the entire state, the Island of Hawaii is often called the “Big Island,” and what an appropriate name it is. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size can be inspiring. You’ll find all but two of the world's climatic zones within this island’s shores. The Big Island offers some amazing beach wedding locations.
Hiking – Kilauea, the most active volcano on Earth, conjures up a dreamscape for hikers: emerald amphitheater valleys and icy waterfall pools, lava flows both active and ancient crashing against rain forest and some of the loftiest summits your boots will ever struggle to top.
Hawaiian Culture – On the Big Island, culture is participatory – absorbed, rather than simply observed. Here you’re invited to create a lei, dance a hula, beware the night marchers and watch as fish are caught the old Hawaiian way.
Wildlife – Spinner dolphins leap in the air, sea turtles glide up to a seaweed buffet, and endangered nene cross the road regularly here. In winter, humpback whales are the show-stoppers.
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