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Big Island Elopement Packages

The Big Island is the largest of the Hawaiian islands, with more surface area than all of the other islands combined. The island is home to the Kilauea volcano, the largest and most active volcano in Hawaii, as well as many beautiful waterfalls, tropical valleys, and white, black, and green sand beaches. There is no shortage of beauty and activity with a Big Island elopement package.

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Our Big Island elopement packages will help you elope easily and affordably!

Seed

Seed

  • Officiation services
    Personalization of vows
  • Enactment of ceremony
    Advice on obtaining wedding license
  • Advice on ceremony locations
    Coordination of beach permit
Starting at

$500

Sprout

Sprout

  • Everything from the
    Seed Package
  • Photography of ceremony
    Brief portrait session after (up to one hour of photography)
  • Digital transfer of 75+ edited images
    Delivery of Photos (15 days or less after ceremony)
Starting at

$1050

Bloom

Bloom

  • Everything from the
    Sprout Package
  • Two gender-appropriate lei for ceremony and lei exchange
    Delivery of flowers
Starting at

$1200

Add-Ons

You can optionally add any of the following services to your package:


Flowers

Flowers

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Extra Photography

Extra Photography

$400/HR
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Videography

Videography

$950

Our videography package comes with an edited 1 – 2 minute highlight reel (perfect for sharing on socials!), as well as a longform, minimally edited film of the full ceremony.

How to Elope on Big Island

The Big Island, also called the island of Hawai’i, is appropriately named—it’s huge, with ample options for the perfect elopement or small wedding. For couples that love adventure, the Big Island has it all, from waterfalls to remote beaches (black sands, white sands, and even one of the only green sand beaches in the world). There are also tropical valleys for hiking and calm waters where you can snorkel alongside 18-foot Manta Rays or dolphins. Buildings taller than coconut trees are also prohibited on the island, giving everywhere you go a small-town feel.

With just about every type of scenery and weather pattern—the Big Island boasts 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones—your elopement is guaranteed to have epic photos, whether you want rainforest, beach, black volcanic rock, or even snow! Unlike Oahu or Maui, the Big Island has lots of space and few tourists, as well as Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, multiple historical sites and wildlife refuges, and one national historical trail. The Big Island also boasts five volcanoes, including the largest (Mauna Loa), tallest (Mauna Kea), and most active (Kilauea) in the world.

With so much going on though, planning a Big Island elopement can get overwhelming pretty fast. There’s little nightlife on the Big Island, especially outside of the tourist hub of Kona, so couples that are early to bed and early to rise enjoy it most. Because things are spread out, couples looking to elope on the Big Island should also maintain a road trip mentality and account for renting a car. This guide will help you choose where to get married on the Big Island, ensure your Big Island elopement is legal, and help you budget for your big day.

What are the best beaches for a small Big Island wedding?

All four of these Big Island beach locations are intimate and ideal for a small wedding or elopement. They also all require permits, something which Simply Eloped is happy to coordinate if you book one of our Big Island elopement packages.

Pine Trees Beach
This beach has a stunning mix of black rock, white sands, ocean, and trees (ironically, there are no pine trees though, just mangroves). A favorite among local surfers for its consistent waves, this beach is easy to get to from Kona and is on the west side of the island, meaning it’s ideal for a sunset ceremony. Note that although this beach has a small paved parking lot, there aren’t any restrooms on-site.

Captain Cook Bay or Kealakekua Bay
Located on the west shore of the Big Island, this is the spot for adventurous couples looking to elope. Home to a spectacular reef, this location has a ton of stuff to see below water as well as on land. We recommend having your ceremony on the little inlet of Captain Cook Bay then renting a sea kayak and getting caught in a pod of dolphins (which of course you’ll have to hop out of the kayak to swim with).

Kiholo
Despite requiring a bit of a drive from most places on the island, this north shore location is great for couples craving a secluded ceremony. If you want black sand beaches and sea turtles, this is the place! On your way to Kiholo, there’s also a scenic overlook at Mile Marker #82 on Highway 19 with a panoramic view of the coast. Note that for this location, you’ll want to make sure you have a 4×4 car and that you book your permit more than 45 days in advance.

Puako
This beach, located on the northwest shore of the Big Island, has black rocks strewn amongst the sand. Ideal for an intimate elopement, Puako doesn’t see a lot of tourists. Plus, the snorkeling here is amazing. This region, the Waikoloa, is also among the driest of all the Hawaiian Islands, receiving just 10 inches of rain a year and the most sunshine. Nearby is the Puako petroglyph field, where you can see more than 3,000 ancient rock drawings.

Can I have a waterfall elopement on the Big Island?

There are beautiful waterfalls all over the Big Island, however, the east side’s falls tend to be larger since it receives more rainfall. Although there are a handful of waterfalls that don’t require a hike in, those are the ones often crowded with tourists. Different waterfalls will also require different permits, so keep that in mind when planning your waterfall wedding. You’ll also need to secure a photographer and officiant who are willing to make the trek with you.

A great option for a waterfall elopement on the Big Island is The Falls at Reed’s Island, located a mile from downtown Hilo. A private, upscale vacation rental, this three-bedroom house is surrounded by rainforest and situated adjacent to one of Hawaii’s most beautiful waterfalls. While there is no additional cost for weddings, there is a minimum stay of four nights required (it books up fast). Folding chairs, round tables, and linens are available for guest use, which is limited to 25 people (12 or less if you want to hold a reception on the property).

What makes a Big Island elopement legal?

For a legal elopement on the Big Island, you’ll need a permit for your beach ceremony site, a Hawaiian marriage license, and a registered officiant, reverend, or celebrant to conduct the ceremony. To obtain a marriage license, you’ll need an ID—state-issued or a passport works (you don’t have to be a US citizen to elope in Hawai’i)—and a copy of a divorce decree if either you or your partner have previously been married. Typically, you’d begin the process of obtaining a Hawaiian marriage license online but would still need to make an appointment to obtain a physical copy in-person. Due to Covid-19, however, this entire process has been made virtual.

The total application fee for a Hawaiian marriage license is $65 and it’s crucial that you receive your marriage license prior to your ceremony—your officiant signing it is what makes the whole thing legal! If you book one of our Big Island elopement packages we have a team who can help answer any questions. The state of Hawai’i doesn’t require witnesses, making it an ideal location for your two-person elopement.

For more advice, check out our comprehensive guide to eloping in Hawaii.

What time of year is best for a Big Island elopement?

The best time to visit Hawaii’s Big Island is between September and November, as that’s when room rates tend to be at their lowest. Throughout the year, temperatures remain in the high 70s or low 80s, so there’s not really a bad time to visit. If you like to surf, however, you may want to visit during the busy season, from December to March, as that’s when the waves are best. The sunniest skies and the best beach weather can be found on the west side of the island along the Kohala Coast, while the east side of the island, where Hilo is located, is known as the “wet side.”

What does it cost to get married on the Big Island?

You can save money depending on when you decide to elope on the Big Island, as well as what flight deals you can get. Accommodation is likely to be your biggest expense, so we recommend forgoing hotels and resorts in favor of an Airbnb or VRBO. When budgeting, don’t forget to include miscellaneous items like your marriage license fee, permit fee, rental car, and any other travel fees your officiant or photographer might require. On average, one week on the Big Island usually costs around $1,443 per person.

Our Big Island elopement packages are priced affordably from $500 for a basic ceremony, which includes an officiant and help coordinating logistics, to $3,525 for our top-end package. We also offer a range of options in between with a la carte add-ons like additional photography, videography, or flowers (our standard Hawaiian arrangements typically run from $40 for the boutonniere to $200 for a Haku, or a thick Hawaiian-style flower crown). If you have a location in mind already, we can always provide an officiant and photographer.

Want to know more about what there is to do on Big Island, including some of our favorite guiding outfits and restaurants? Check out our guide to the Hawaiian Islands.

Article written by

Kiran Herbert

Kiran Herbert is an elopement officiant and writer who takes pride in making all of her ceremonies magical. Kiran grew up around the world but having spent a year living in national parks, she’s convinced that the U.S. is the most beautiful.
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