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Haku Lei

Many brides in Hawaii choose to wear the Haku Lei.

All brides dream of feeling special, like a princess on their wedding day in Hawaii.

Made with white orchid flowers but also mix orchid colors too. They are easily fitted with a few pins then tied in the back. The Haku Lei definitely accentuates a brides beauty while feeling like royalty on the most important day of her life. Please visit us to learn more at www.islanderweddings.com.

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Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues In Oahu

One of the most common questions we get at Islander Weddings is: What are the best wedding venues in Oahu?  With so many options, we’d like to help everyone out by narrowing things down a bit in this blog: The Top 5 Beach Wedding Venues In Oahu, Hawaii.

Fort DeRussy Beach Park</strong> is a very convenient, hidden gem located right in Waikiki with breathtaking sunsets. Fort DeRussy is a beautiful park with tropical plants, trees and Hawaiian architecture. The private park area is a perfect spot for ceremonies, and the nearby beach is ideal photography and festivities.

Magic Island is a huge beach park characterized by Hawaiian grasses, plants and palm trees. The park is surrounded by a water backdrop frequented by sailboats, canoes, and surfers. The focal point of this top wedding venue is Diamond Head Mountain rising in the distance, an iconic symbol of Hawaii. Minutes from Honolulu, gorgeous sunsets make this southern Oahu location one of our favorite evening wedding venues.

Waialae Beach is a small, intimate beach framed by arching palm trees and light blue ocean color. This quiet beach wedding venue is just 15 minutes from Waikiki. As you can see from the wedding photos below, this is one of the most picturesque and private locations on the island.

Makapu’u Beach is defined by rugged mountains and cliffs surrounding the beach at this oceanfront cove venue. Makapuu Lighthouse and a small uninhabited island just off the coast make for a stunning backdrop. Just 35 minutes from Waikiki, this venue is sure to take your breath away.

Waimanalo Bay is the largest beach on Oahu, and also one of the most peaceful. Rarely visited by tourists, this uncrowded and uncommercialized atmosphere make it our top beach wedding venue. Characterized by turquoise blue water and majestic mountains looming in the background, a wooded forest adds a nice contrast to the beach’s white sands. This venue is 45 minutes from Waikiki, located in the southern countryside of Oahu.

We hope you enjoyed this Top 5 list.  If you enjoyed the photos, up to 100 professional wedding photos like these are included in our Islander Extra Plan and up, click to here browse our wedding packages, and here the other Beach Wedding Venues On Oahu’.

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Prince Lot Hula Festival Honolulu

This coming weekend marks the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival.

On July 21st and 22nd twelve hula halau (groups) gather for a two-day showcase of this celebrated Hawaiian art form. Considered the largest and the oldest non-competitive hula event in the state, this event honors Prince Lot Kapuaiwa who helped revive the art of hula in the Hawaiian Islands. Included in the event are performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band, a Hawaiian-themed craft fair and demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian arts such as feather lei making and lauhala (leaf) weaving.  The festival is free and located in downtown Honolulu at the historical Iolani Palace. http://moanaluagardensfoundation.org/

Other highlights include a pre-festival concert by the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club on Saturday at 8:30 am, a Hawaiian-themed craft fair featuring local crafters, demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian arts by noted cultural practitioners, including poi pounding, lauhala weaving, kapa making, ipu heke making, feather lei making, ukulele making and more. Food vendors will offer a variety of mouth-watering local specialties featuring Hawaiian plates, shave ice, and other island favorites. So come on down and bring your low beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities at historic Iolani Palace.

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