Traditional Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony on Big Island, HI

Traditional Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony on Big Island, HI

Claudia and Nathan planned a traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony near the only Frank Lloyd Wright home in the state of Hawaii. This Big Island elopement has stunning views of Waipio Valley and the private yard where they both said their “I do’s”.

“It was a day about us and not a giant production having to tend to family and friends. We did have a small celebration with friends and family back home, but this was our own special moment.” [Claudia, the bride]

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Photography by Melia Lucida

Details From This Elopement

This elopement is so memorable, from their traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony to their accommodation. Their getting-ready location was intimate and tucked away with gorgeous views all around them. After their traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony, they headed down in a massive 4×4 into the valley where their portraits were taken. They explored epic waterfalls, a black sand beach flanked by more waterfalls dropping straight into the sea, and a valley with wild horses. They ended their elopement adventure back at the house with a romantic dinner.

“I was just so impressed with the couple’s vision and ability to choose these incredible places that aren’t obvious pairings without even having been to Hawaii. The Frank Lloyd Wright house for a home base in Waimea, then a small B&B with a view right on the ridge of the valley for the ceremony, and then of course the valley itself for photos after.” [Melia, the photographer]

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Memorable Moments During This Elopement On Big Island

For Claudia and Nathan, going down to the beach of the Waipio Valley and running around the black sand in the rain was a memorable moment for them. Their traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony was also memorable. Before the couple exchanged wedding rings, their officiant blessed the rings using Koa wood, a Ti leaf, and water.

Another fun moment during their adventure was the horses in the valley, where they approached the couple and photographer to see if they could find some snacks. This elopement adventure on the Big Island of Hawaii shows couples how the options are endless when it comes to celebrating your day together. Each and every moment is tailored towards the couple, not their guests or events of the day.

Tips For Getting Married in Waipio Valley (on the Big Island of Hawai’i)

Sara Kam, the elopement planner, is a local Big Islander and shares her top tips when planning an elopement near Waipio Valley. Here’s what you need to know when planning:

  • You’ll need a 4×4 vehicle. Most rental companies don’t allow you to drive their vehicle into the valley, so a private tour company or vendor that can drive you is suggested. Keep in mind commercial vehicles not permitted to drive on the beach road.
  • Prepare for the weather to change quickly. Sunrise is the clearest, and then the clouds typically roll in mid-day. Expect some rain (and mud) here and there.
  • Pack a lunch, snacks, and lots of water. You’ll want to enjoy your time there and plan to spend at least a few hours exploring.
  • Check with your vendors to make sure they can transport themselves into the valley. If not, or plan to organize transportation for them.
  • Having a rental house at the top of the valley can be a great getting ready and backup location. You can even do the ceremony there, and then plan just to head into the valley for photos (like this couple did).
  • Be very respectful of private roads/land and homeowners.
  • Restrooms are located at the top of the valley at the lookout and typically the only restrooms in the valley are a few port-o-potties at the beach of the valley.

Permit and Regulations When Planning Your Elopement in Big Island

Eloping on any of Hawaii’s islands will require permits and regulations to follow. For this couple’s location, a permit from the State of Hawaii DLNR is required to elope here. The planner highly suggests a coordinator who can pull this permit for you, and who is also familiar with working at this special location. There is also no alcohol, glass, arches/structures, chairs permitted on the beach.

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Photographer | Melia Lucida 
Planner |  Jots of Thoughts 
Florist | Grace Flowers Hawaii 
Video | Wild Sound Film 
HMU | Indigo Grace Artistry
Gown | Limorrosen
Officiant | Kahutom 
Catering |  Pineapple Bakery 

Photos From This Elopement

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