Maui or Oahu???

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alohakc Posts : 6 Registered: 10/29/09
Maui or Oahu???
Posted: Oct 29, 2009 12:44 AM

My fiance and I love Hawaii and have been there many times but we cannot decide which island to get married on. I think Maui might be more relaxing and a nicer setting for our guests but we are also partial to Oahu. I just hate Waikiki and because we've been there, WE know that there is more to it than just Waikiki but not sure our guests would enjoy it like we do?

Any suggestions for locations in either place? We are planning a trip out there soon and would love some recommendations.

Thanks!! :)

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MaunaLaniBride Posts : 631 Registered: 3/31/06
Re: Maui or Oahu???
Posted: Oct 29, 2009 1:53 AM Go to message in response to: alohakc

I much prefer Oahu to Maui, lots more to do plus it's less expensive for both wedding-related things as well as travel-related things simply because there are more options.

If you are looking for locations outside of Waikiki, check out these (click the name for their website):

We've had a few relatives get married at Ko'Olau Golf Club, the view s are STUNNING! It's about 30 minutes of Waikiki.

We've also had family get married at Kualoa Ranch (this is where they film much of the TV show LOST).

Haiku Gardens - didn't love this place when we visited a few years ago but they have done A LOT of work on it since then and the pictures from this location are really pretty.

Luana Hills Country Club in Kailua.

Keiki Beach Bungalows on the North Shore. You have to rent all the bungalows if you choose this location but if you want feet-in-the-sand beach wedding then it's a great option.

JW Marriott Ihilani in Ko'Olina. This is our fave place on Oahu, we have a tradition of getting massages here every New Years Day (their spa is heaven!). It's very private, located in a gated community on the west coast of the island - about 45-60 minutes from Waikiki.

Lanikuhonua in Ko'Olina - right next to the JW Marrioot Ihilani. Two areas available to rent. With this venue, you'll need to bring everything in (tent, tables, chairs, etc) but it's breath taking beautiful.

Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore.

I also want to throw out the Kahala Resort since it's a celeb favorite due to it's privacy. It's in an upscale neighborhood of the city of Honolulu (Kahala), about 15 minutes from Waikiki. It's the best of both worlds, away from the hustle & bustle of Waikiki while still being relatively close since Waikiki is probably where most of your guests will stay.



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MaunaLaniBride Posts : 631 Registered: 3/31/06
Re: Maui or Oahu???
Posted: Oct 29, 2009 2:00 AM Go to message in response to: alohakc

Also - if you'll be visiting Oahu, I highly recommend you check out The Wedding Cafe. It's a cute little restaurant with a TON of wedding vendor suggestions plus they have a fun selection of wedding-related stuff. And the food is really good!

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alohakc Posts : 6 Registered: 10/29/09
Re: Maui or Oahu???
Posted: Oct 29, 2009 9:56 AM Go to message in response to: MaunaLaniBride

Thanks....this is great information. We love Oahu and it would be cheaper for the guests as well. I am trying to guess where people would want to go more if they were flying in from the east coast. We were also going to look at the Halekulani and Royal Hawaiian. The only thing with Royal Hawaiian is that you have all the people right on Waikiki walking by while you are getting married!

We are going out in December to look at places and I'm pretty excited. Thanks for your help!

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MaunaLaniBride Posts : 631 Registered: 3/31/06
Re: Maui or Oahu???
Posted: Oct 29, 2009 10:14 AM Go to message in response to: alohakc

Yeah, you'll probably have lookie lous at the Royal Hawaiian but they just went through an extensive renovation so it may be so nice that it's worth it :) Since you are there, you may want to check out the Moana Surfrider next door - I LOVE how majestic if looks.

The Halekulani is better for privacy since they don't really have much of a beach on property.

If you are looking in Waikiki, you may also want to check out the new Trump Waikiki - it's suppose to open in December and be super luxe.

Good luck!

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