Cultures, food, Hawaii, travel

So You Want to Get Married in Hawaii

To be lawfully wedded in Hawaii you must get a marriage license from the authorized agent.

The legal age for getting married is 18 years for both female and male. If you are younger than that, you will need consent from your parents.

No U.S. citizenship or Hawaii State residency are required. No proxy is allowed – both the husband and wife must physically appear in front of a marriage license agent in order to apply.

Photo Identifications are required. The fee for obtaining a license is $60 in cash. The license is good throughout the state of Hawaii. Licenses are only valid for thirty days.

You can apply for and obtain your marriage license at:

Department of Health
1250 Punchbowl Street
Room 101
Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: 808-586-4544

It may take two to three weeks for all the paperwork to be finished so keep that in mind.

The most popular wedding venue on Oahu is the Waialae Beach Park. Only a ten-minute drive from Waikiki, it is very secluded and private.

Other venues that are popular include The Turtle Bay Resort and Waimea Bay, both on the North Shore. The Paradise Cove is a private location for more than twenty guests.

Chapels can be scheduled at Central Union, First Christian, Princess Lagoon Chapel and Primarrie Church.

There are also several other locations that are perfect for you wedding on the others islands, including Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.

Most of the time, the weather is great in Hawaii, but there actually seasons – the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season is usually from April to October and the rainy season is usually from November to March. The best months for weather are generally in April, May September and October.

If you have a wedding during the holiday months (middle of December to Middle of April), you may find that the expenses for the wedding will be more expensive.

Summer is often very hot and humid and most people on the island head to the beaches to cool off. The temperature varies only about 15 degrees and usually stays within the 70 and 80 range.

Before heading off for Hawaii, you should decide how much money you need to budget for your wedding. Do you want just a wedding ceremony or do you want to treat guests to formal dining or a luau.

It is usually less expensive to have your wedding on Oahu since there is more competition. You could get hitched on Oahu and then escape to another island for your honeymoon.

Think of all the expenses that come with wedding, including the minister, photographer, limousine services, flowers, catering, wedding singer, tuxedos, etc. Many places offer wedding packages which can be quite a deal.

If budget is not a problem, you may want to avoid all the stress and hire a wedding planner in Hawaii. Many hotels offer this service to make your day extra special. Write down all the particulars you prefer before calling a wedding planner.

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Honeymoon Getaways in Hawaii

Hawaii does offer a lot for couples celebrating their honeymoon. There are several venues that cater to them. It is definitely a place to suit your own tastes and fulfil all your dreams.

You can choose to go to a secret hideway where you can get away from the busy hustle and bustle and relax in private. Or, you can enjoy a romantic new adventure together by joining in on a luau and enjoy the sites and sounds of the city.

There are a few particular places I wish to highlight that are wonderful for honeymooners.

The first one is very close to where I live. When we have guests, we often take them there to eat, swim or stay, if they prefer. It is located on the North Shore of Oahu and it is called the Turtle Bay Resort. It is definitely one of the most romantic places on earth! They even have wedding packages, which include limosine, Pikake Suite, oceanfront deluxe guestroom and all the rest.

Not only do they have an outstanding website. Every guest room at the Turtle Bay boasts a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean. They have so many fun activities going on all the time. You can enjoy a massage, a spa, a dip in their relaxing well-landscaped pools, walk along their beaches which are five miles long, or enjoy watching the surfers catch waves closeby. There are several restaurants available with first class dining. If that is not enough, they have many trails you can hike as well as horse back riding, helicopter tours and get this – segway trail rides.

You don’t have to just believe me, check it out for yourself. I promise you will not be disappointed. It is literally one of my favorite places to go.

Another special location is set near tropical rain forests, closeby active volcanoes and white sand beaches. The Fairmont Orchid is on the Big Island on the Kohala Coast. They offer bugalows which are designed especially for honeymooners.

You can enjoy a waterfall massage, get cozy in the spa or watch sea turtles nearby. They also have tennis, golfing, and plenty of water sports available. You can check it out at at fairmont.com/orchid. During certain times of the year you can actually see the snow atop Mauna Kea – yes snow in Hawaii.

Maui is known as the island that couples will return to time after time to remember their heavenly honeymoon and often renew their vows.

At the Royal Lahaina Resort, you can honeymoon in a beachside cottage, or stay in an elegant room in the 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower.

They have five-star service and offer swimming, snorkeling, golf, tennis or fine dining. The resort is near Lahaina town which is well known for intriguing art galleries and shops.

They also offer wedding packages. If you want to be treated royally, this is the place for you.

Whichever hotel you decide to spend in for your honeymoon in Hawaii, be sure to indulge in chocolate covered macadamia nuts, enjoy the fragrance of the many tropical exotic flowers, enjoy the tradewinds and the soft sand beaches.

Be sure to write down your feelings, and take plenty of pictures.

If you have plenty of time to spend on your honeymoon, you can explore the six unique islands of Hawaii.

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Moving from the US Mainland to Hawaii

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So, you are moving to Hawaii. Lucky you! Beautiful scenery, temperate weather, and beaches! Living in Paradise has some perks, and also some extra costs. You will be better prepared and assimilate faster into the community if you are aware of a few things.

Hawaii is a group of islands in the middle of the huge Pacific Ocean. It is the 50th state to join the United States. The more that you learn about the history of Hawaii, the better you can understand those around you. If you show a love and respect for the culture and especially the land (‘aina), you will have a much more positive experience.

Try to learn a few basic Hawaiian words and their meanings. The population is so diverse, but for the most part they speak in English and pidgin (a mixture of dialects). Most of the people who live in Hawaii share the aloha spirit, but you may find that a few are quite resentful of the way Hawaii became a state. Most of all, do not be judgmental and try to learn all you can from the people.

You will find that because the weather is fairly good all year round, the insects love it too. In order to avoid infestations by termites, cockroaches, mosquitos and other creatures, you will need to spray or put out baits on a regular basis. It is better to control them than to get rid of them.

The moist salty air is perfect for rusting just about everything. Vehicles and appliances seem to suffer the most. There is rust spray available that you can use to slow down the process. Also, mold and mildew can form quite easily especially in places where it is warm and moist like the kitchen and bathrooms. It takes extra effort to keep this under control unless you have an air conditioner going all the time. This can be harmful to your health if the mold is allowed to grow.

Also, food items seem to go bad quicker unless they are stored well inside of plastic air-tight containers. You can also keep many things in the refrigerator or freezer that you may not have in the mainland.

When there is no breeze, it can become quite hot and humid. Be sure to purchase enough fans or air conditioners to make your family comfortable. With the use of electricity comes a higher bill also, so think about cost-effective appliances.

Traffic on the island of Oahu can become very frustrating, especially close to Honolulu. Also, there is only one main road going to the North Shore of Oahu, so it can also be totally cut off if there is an accident or an electricity pole falls down on the road.

It is wonderful to have sandy beaches and palm trees close by. But, as I said, living in Paradise does come with a cost. In fact, prices in Hawaii are some of the highest in the nation. The cost of gasoline, groceries and clothes can be quite expensive. There are Walmarts, Costco and Sam’s Clubs where you can get the best deals. The cost of housing can be two or three times as much as on the mainland. It is also usually smaller than what most people on the mainland are used to.

Funny though, even with all the pros and cons of Hawaii, people who have lived in and loved the islands of Hawaii do not want to leave, or hope to move back soon. We have been living here for almost twenty years now and really love it. I have learned many lessons the hard way, so I thought writing this hub may help someone that is moving here have an easier time.

There is so much to see and do in Hawaii. Hiking, swimming, golfing, cruising and gardening are just a few things that can be done almost year round. Because of this, you probably will not want for visiting family and friends from the mainland while you live in Hawaii.

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Take a Day Cruise in Hawaii

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There are a few day cruises you can take when you are on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Perhaps you live on the island and just want a short getaway from the hectic pace of work and traffic. Or you may be visiting from another island or the US mainland. Visitors from all over the world come to Hawaii and take a day cruise on Oahu.

My husband and I went on the Navatek Dinner Cruise for our 35th anniversary. The Navatek is a state-of-the-art vessel that has received awards for ship design. It has been hailed as being the most comfortable and most stable ride in all of Hawaii according to Forbes Magazine.

We boarded the ship early evening and had a buffet of delicious tropical foods they call the surf ‘n turf in the Blue Hawaii Room.

Afterward you could either enjoy the live entertainment, walk up on the deck and enjoy the sunset, or just watch the Honolulu lights on the shore.

If you are fortunate, you may be able to spot a whale or some dolphins. The cruise is very affordable, takes about two hours and travels down past Diamond Head to see where some of the rich and famous of Hawaii live around the Kahala coastline.

For a more cozy and personal experience, you can take a morning or afternoon cruise on a catamaran. You will be able to see any sealife right up close including dolphins and sea turtles. The cruise lasts about two hours long and snacks are available as well as a full-service bar. The cruise starts near Waikiki Beach at the Kewalo Basin. There is room for about thirty people.

There are other day cruises available, but by far the most exciting during whale season in Hawaii is the Star of Honolulu Whale Watch Cruise.

Whales like to come to Hawaii during the months of December through May. The cruise offers naturalist experts who share their knowledge about the beautiful mammals. You can also hear the underwater whale songs on a hydrophone.

During the off season when the whales are traveling elsewhere, the cruise offers other activities like ukulele playing, hula dancing, and lei making. The cruise takes between two hours and two and a half hours.

For more information about the day cruises from Oahu, see hawaiidiscount.com or allhawaiitours.com