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Romance in Paradise

Wedding and Honeymoon Planning and Romantic Places in Hawaii

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Ka`anapali Beach, Maui

Ka`anapali Beach, Maui

John Fischer
Each year, many couples choose to hold their wedding ceremonies in Hawaii. Even more choose to honeymoon in paradise. In fact, Hawaii remains the top honeymoon destination in the world.

Hawaii is also a top vacation destination for couples, hosting many of the world's top resorts and hotels. In the 2008 Gold List by Condé Nast Traveler, many of the most highly rated resorts in the world are found in Hawaii. In the same survey, when voting for the best island in the world, four of the Hawaiian islands are listed in the top ten with Maui, once again being selected as the top tropical island in the world.

Whether you plan to marry in Hawaii, honeymoon in Hawaii, or just spend a truly romantic vacation, Hawaii has much to offer you. In this feature, we'll get you started with some key sources of information on weddings in Hawaii, honeymoon planning, romantic places and we'll even suggest a couple of books to help you plan your visit.

Hawaii Weddings

If you are planning to marry in Hawaii you will need to secure a marriage license. This must be done in person when you arrive in Hawaii. The good news is that there is no waiting period and no blood test is required. Many couples plan their own weddings, or have friends who live in the islands help them out ahead of time. Many make use of the many wedding planning services available in the islands. Here are some resources to help you get started.

Obtaining a Hawaii Marriage License
The Hawaii Department of Health provides detailed information on how to obtain a marriage license on each of the Hawaiian Islands.

HVCB: Weddings and Honeymoons
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has a searchable listing of the local companies that will help you plan your wedding in Hawaii.

Honeymoons in Hawaii

For those who marry elsewhere, Hawaii remains the destination of choice for a honeymoon and there is little wonder why. With perfect climate, top resorts, beautiful beaches and an economy that is geared to make every tourist's visit memorable, Hawaii, no ka oi - Hawaii is the best. Here are some resources to help you plan your honeymoon.

Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays
Pleasant Holidays is constantly providing new offers for travel to Hawaii. We publish all information as it is received on this special page.

Honeymoon in Hawaii
Susan Breslow Sardone, About's Guide to Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways has written an excellent article about honeymooning in Hawaii, including a special section on the ten best Hawaiian hotels for honeymooners.

Interview with Geri Bain
Guide Susan Breslow Sardone's very informative interview with the travel editor of Modern Bride Magazine and author of Modern Bride: Honeymoons and Weddings Away.

Islands of Hawaii
Our index of links pages dedicated to the best in vacation accommodations, dining, nightlife and sightseeing on each of the major islands of Hawaii.

Romantic Places

There is no end to the number of romantic places in Hawaii. While almost anyplace can be romantic if you're with the right person, Hawaii certainly does help the process along. Here are few resources to help get you in the mood.

Hawaii Photo Gallery
A picture speaks a thousand words. We have lots of photos of romantic places in our Hawaii Photo Gallery.

Hawaii Sunsets
There's nothing more romantic than to sit and watch the sunset with someone close to you. We've gathered some of our favorite photos of some of the types of sunsets that you might see in Hawaii.

Top Beaches
Four of America's top ten beaches are located in Hawaii according to Dr Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach. The year 2004 results follow upon several years of similar results. Nine of the last thirteen national winners of "Best Beach" have been in Hawaii and those beaches are "retired" from competition.

Suggested Reading

Hawaii in Love
A look at the history of Hawaii through love stories. The book also includes lots of resources for romance including island come-ons, love spells, and charms as well as information on the most romantic hikes, resorts and swimming locations on each island.

Best Places to Kiss in Hawaii: A Romantic Travel Guide
The third edition of this popular book provides great information on the best places to stay, eat and visit in Hawaii from a "kissing perspective". You can order this book right from this link.

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