Wedding Sites on the Garden Isle of Kauai
Dazzling Kauai wedding locations on the gorgeous Garden Island of Kauai, including heavenly tropical beaches and lush, private waterfall and garden settings.
Kauai Beach Weddings
Of course there are many beautiful beaches on Kauai. We do have our favorites, however, and have included this page to give you our impressions and some photos to help you decide on the wedding location that best suits you.
East Shore, Lydgate Beach
Secluded, wind-swept beach with volcanic rocks, driftwood, a beautiful gnarled tree as well as a long stretch of sandy shore.
South Shore, Shipwreck Beach
Dramatic Shipwreck Beach is long and wide, lined with big old ironwood trees which create ‘coves’ for natural Kauai wedding chapels and a sandstone cliff which makes a great backdrop for photos. The small palm-bedecked park next to the sand is perfect for more photos after your romantic beach shoot.
North Shore, Moloa’a Beach
A small stream winding down to the sea, wide sand beach usually quite secluded, a beautiful small bay, trees on a little knoll, a bamboo swing big enough for two.
North Shore, Tunnel’s Beach
Gorgeous aquamarine water, waves crashing on the reef offshore, calm waters by the beach, old twisted trees, the exquisite backdrop of Bali Hai (made famous in the film “South Pacific”).
Kauai Waterfall Weddings
Waterfalls are wonderful sites for the Kauai wedding itself or photos afterwards. All waterfalls on Kauai are greatly affected by the weather. One may be accessible and another not at certain times of year. If a waterfall site fulfills your wedding dream, there is always one available!
The public Ho'opi'i Falls is lovely and lively for Kauai weddings. A relatively short hike along a forest road and path brings you to the top of the falls where the Kauai wedding can be celebrated. The surrounding forest as well as the stream and huge rocks above the falls provide gorgeous photo opportunities. This site is perfect for adventurous couples and their guests.
Waterfalls on Private Lands:
This gentle fall is located in the midst of a cacao (chocolate) orchard and private botanical garden. The garden has forty different kinds of tropical fruits growing on twelve acres. It is a gorgeous location for Kauai wedding photos.
This lacy fall is located in a verdant private valley which has been owned by the same family for generations. A map of the valley from 1890 gives the name for the fall as Kawaipuka Falls, 'kawai', the name of a navigational star, and 'puka', to emerge. What a blessing to be married beneath an emerging star! Driving into the valley on the forest track is part of the adventure leading to one of the most magical spots on the island.
There are many reservoirs on Kauai which were built to catch the falling streams and direct water to farmland. This beautiful site was for many years a guava orchard. Now it is a lovely private botanical garden with a delicate fall created by a lava rock dam. The name of the fall, Kahiliholo, in the Hawaiian language means, 'kahili', the part of the rainbow that stands tall (it's also a sign of royalty), and 'holo', flowing. Picture a flowing rainbow kissed by the sun and you have Kahiliholo Fall. The soft curvature of the gardens and the flowing stream also provide myriad opportunities for photos.