How To Elope In Hawaii

Wohoo you’re engaged and have decided to elope in Hawaii. I’m here to guide you to say “I Do” on one of the beautiful islands in Hawaii. Eloping in Hawaii is a thrilling adventure once in a lifetime. Choosing to get married in paradise will make honeymooning even more exciting. I’m here to guide you with important information like how and where to get your marriage license, which Hawaiian island is best to elope, how to elope in Hawaii, and which time of the year to Elope in Hawaii.

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How To Get Married In Hawaii


1: Get Your Marriage License | How To Get Your Marriage License

  • Cost: $60 application fee plus a $5 administration fee.
  • Complete the on-line application here. Make sure to write or print out your authorization code.
  • Once you’re on the island head over to a marriage license agent with your application. Appointments can be made here.
  • Appointments are on weekdays (keep holidays in mind).
  • Bring a valid ID, and as long as you bring one of the following you’ll be fine: Passports, Driver’s licenses, Birth Certificates (Birth Certificates in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation), and Military identification cards.
  • There are no state residence or U.S. citizenship requirements.
  • Theirs no waiting period so you can get married on the same day. Your license is valid for 30 days.
  • Blood tests are not required.
  • If you’ve been married before, proof of divorce is needed.
  • An officiant is needed, and they will be the ones to file your documents with the Department of Health.
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  • I’m out of state do I still need a marriage license from Hawaii? Yes, the answer is absolutely yes

2: Locations To Elope In Hawaii

Hawaii is made up of 8 major islands and they all have unique features. Out of the eight islands, you can visit six of them. I will list information on the following islands Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island, Molokai, and Lanai.

  • Oahu Elopement: This is where the capital of Hawaii is; Honolulu. Oahu is also home to Waikiki, the North Shore, Pearl Harbor, and is most frequently known for Jurassic Park (Kualoa Ranch). This Hawaiian island is probably one of the busiest and most populated islands. Oahu offers many great hikes and food.
  • Maui Elopement: Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. A fun fact is Maui only has two volcanoes. Home to Haleakalā National Park and the famous Road to Hana.
  • Kauai Elopement: If I may say Kauai is one of my favorite islands. It’s definitely a lot quieter than the other popular islands. If you’re looking for a full adventurous elopement this is the island for you. You could take a helicopter, or boat to your wedding destination. Kauai is home to Waimea Canyon, and the epic and iconic Na Pali Coast.
  • Hawaii “Big Island” Elopement: The Big Island offers diversity in backdrops and weather. If you want some snow, desert, jungle, or beachside you will find it all here. Some (keyword) fun things to do on the island get to see an active lava flow, hiking, and do tons of snorkeling. This is also home to Hawai’i Volcano National Park and Punalu’u black sand beach.
  • Molokai: This would be the most authentic Hawaiian island, and ironically the least visited (tourist wise). Molokai offers quiet and empty beaches. The perfect island for those who want a super down-to-earth elopement.
  • Lanai Elopement:  This would be one of the smallest Hawaiian islands. Lanai has red rocks like Garden of The Gods! This island is known for its luxurious resorts. For example, some of the fun things to do here are going four-wheel-driving, watching the spinner dolphins, and even seeking out the abandoned shipwrecks.

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3: How To Get To Hawaii

  • Oahu, Hawaii: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport – HNL
  • Maui, Hawaii: Kahului Airport – OGG
  • Kauai, Hawaii: Lihue International Airport – LIH
  • Hawaii “Big” Island, Hawaii: Kona International Airport  – KOA and Hilo International Airport – ITO
  •  Molokai, Hawaii: Molokai Airport – MKK
  •  Lanai, Hawaii: Lanai Airport – LNY

4: When To Get Married In Hawaii |Best Time Of The Year To Get Married In Hawaii

  • Hawaii has two seasons summer (kau) from May to October and winter (hooilo) from November to April. The average daytime temperature is 85° F (29.4° C), and during wintertime is 78° (25.6° C). Rain is different on each island, and from time to time it will be raining on one side of the island, not the other.
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What Day To Get Married In The Hawaiian Islands

  • Hawaii is an all-year popular location and certainly has a lot of perfect days. Equally important to note that weekdays will always be less crowded than weekends for sure. By all means, if you are in love with a weekend, go for it just keep in mind the crowd for the location.

What Time To Get Married In Hawaii

  • I think this question is solely based on your needs as a couple. For one thing, I always recommend that golden light from sunrise or sunset. For instance, some locations may require an earlier start than a golden hour. Firstly knowing what time sunset is, secondly it’s so important to have your photographer have knowledge of what locations require an earlier start.

How To Elope In Hawaii

I hope you have enjoyed this guide, and it has led to you feeling confident to elope in Hawaii. Theirs so much more to uncover as shown above, but I’m ready to help you plan your elopement day. I’d love to be part of your day as your elopement photographer.

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