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The Ultimate Guide to Honeymooning in Hawaii

It’s no secret that Hawaii is one of the top-rated destination spots in the United States. With its eight islands- Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, Kahoolawe- all offering their own unique qualities and things to do, it doesn’t take much convincing to honeymooning in Hawaii. I get asked countless questions about recommendations regarding which island to visit, beach and hiking locations, restaurants to try and what to expect. This blog post is here to help you in this specific endeavor! This is the ultimate guide to be prepared and make the most of your Hawaii honeymoon!

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A brief history lesson; Understanding The Islands History

Hawaii is not only stunning geographically but the rich culture embedded into its origins is enticing and beautiful. It can be very common for travelers to get wrapped up in the romanticism of the islands- pina coladas, incredible sunsets, beautiful music-and forget that Hawaii is more than just a popular tourist attraction- its pieces of land with deep history and roots as well. I really believe that everyone should educate themselves about Hawaiian history and culture before arriving as it helps guests both respect the islands and appreciate the deeper meaning behind the Aloha lifestyle.

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The 8 Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii consists of eight different islands all within a 30-45 minute plane ride apart:

Oahu accessible to travelers

Maui- accessible to travelers

Kauaiaccessible to travelers

Big Islandaccessible to travelers

Molokaiaccessible to travelers

Lanaiaccessible to travelers

Niihauunaccessible to travelers 

Kahoolaweunaccessible to travelers 

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How the Hawaiian Chain was Formed

Have you ever wondered why there are eight Hawaiian islands and they were created? The Hawaiian islands, also known as the Hawaiian chain, are a product of hot-spot volcanic activity. When a volcano forms in the middle of a tectonic plate, where magma rises upward until it erupts on the seafloor, it is called a “hotspot”. The Hawaiian chain was created by a hotspot in the middle of the Pacific Plate. The hotspot itself did not move but the plate was mobile- creating a chain of eight Hawaiian Islands.

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How Hawaii Became a State and the Cultural Impact it Created

In 1959, Hawaii “officially joined” The United States of America- making it the 50th state. What many don’t understand is the political history behind Hawaii before it made its debut as a state.  Ruled under one kingdom for about 80 years from King Kamehameha to Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii evolved substantially. Previously, Hawaii’s governing system was ruled by kings and queens. In 1893, it was illegally overthrown by an invasion of American troops. The reigning queen at the time- Queen Liliuokalani- was held prisoner in her own palace and was forced to choose between violence and disruption in the Hawaiian islands or sign an agreement declaring termination of her authority as queen and submitting to the American legislature. Following the initial overthrownment, the United States eventually annexed Hawaii, making it the official 5oth state in 1959. However, because there was no treaty, the “annexation” of Hawaii is technically not valid, therefore the United Sates is currently illegally occupying the Hawaiian Kingdom. 

Native Hawaiians and their culture should be recognized, protected, understood and respected. It wasn’t until 1993 that President Bill Clinton signed legislation, formally apologizing for the overthrowing of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Unfortunately due to the islands becoming one with the US, many indigenous practices were lost in the exposure and colonization to European lifestyle- leaving the culture in a fragile state. These deep rooted historic events are ones not to be taken lightly. This is still an extremely sensitive in the local communities today, which is why I encourage visitors to keep in mind that we are all guests on the sacred islands of Hawai’i and must show our utmost respect to the land and its people, as guests. You can learn more about the Hawaiian Kingdom here.

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The islands and their diverse features; which one fits your ideal Hawaii honeymoon?

The amazing thing about Hawaii is that each island has its own unique characteristics, things to do, and what it’s notorious for. The mini subcultures of each island are so intriguing and beautifully diverse! Let’s dive into each one and see what it has to offer.

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Known as the “gathering place”, Oahu is widely known throughout the globe as a tropical paradise. Oahu is the perfect place to connect with you, your loved one and the beloved Aina. 

Attractions/ Things to do

Food Places

Outdoor Locations 

  • Sharks Cove
  • Sunset Beach
  • Makapuu Lighthouse (sunrise is breathtaking)
  • Pillbox hikes

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Known for being the second biggest island, it is notorious for its remarkable beaches, farm-to-table cuisine and the beautiful Valley Isle. Its unparalleled scenery and unique attributes will make your Hawaii honeymoon magical.

Attractions/ Things to do

Food Places

Outdoor Locations

  • Haleakala- sliding sands trail
  • Road to Hana
  • Pipiwai Trail
  • Makena Beach 
  • Ka’anapali Beach
  • Baldwin Beach
  • Honolua Bay

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With a slower, more easy going pace, Kauai is a great candidate to add. With its natural beauty and dramatic sites speaking for itself, the “Garden Isle” is a very popular choice for newly weds to spend their honeymoons on!

Attractions/ Things to do

Food Places

Outdoor Locations

  • Wailua Falls
  • Poipu Beach
  • Kalalua Trail
  • Hanelei
  • Napali Coast
  • Waimeia Canyon
  • Kapa’a

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Big Island

The Big Island- the largest island of the chain. This island is notorious for being authentically Hawai’i. With the majority of residency being local, you get a real feel of what true island life is all about. The two main population centers are Hilo (the capital) and Kona (on the West Coast). Being the most volcanically active island (it’s home to the Kilauea, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Kohala and Mauna Loa- the most active volcano on earth), it’s no surprise why Big Island catches travelers’ eyes.

Attractions/ things to do

Food Places

Outdoor Locations

  • Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
  • Hapuna Beach
  • Papakolea Green Sand Beach
  • Honomalino Bay Beach
  • Kaimu Black Sand Beach
  • Kiholo Bay and Wainalili Lagoon
  • The 1871 Trail
  • Kilauea Volcano

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One of Hawaii’s least developed islands, this island is for those who enjoy taking the path less traveled on. Being the second smallest inhabited island in the state, its top attraction is that it lacks commercial tourist attractions found on other islands. This island gives its guests the opportunity to reconnect with nature and hone in on being present and intentional!

Attractions/ things to do

Food Places

Outdoor Locations

  • Kalaupapa Trail
  • Pepe’opae Bog Trail
  • Wailu Trail
  • Moomomi Sand Dunes
  • Papohaku Beach Park
  • Kawikua Beach

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If you’re looking for a secluded, nature filled escape- the island of Lanai is the right pick for you! Lanai is unique in the fact that 98% of it is privately owned and you need a four wheel drive to access most places. Known as the “pineapple island” for once being home to a plantation that produced 75% of the world’s pineapples, Lanai is the perfect intimate experience that offers guests a retreat of luxury.

Attractions/ things to do

Food Places

Outdoor Locations

  • Shipwreck Beach
  • Fisherman’s Trail
  • Koloiki Ridge Trail
  • Polihua Beach
  • Sweetheart Rock

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Making Hawaii Your Dream Honeymoon Destination

All eight islands are truly remarkable and amazing in their own unique ways. I am so blessed to have the honor and pleasure of living on Oahu and experiencing everything it has to offer! The culture here is rich and runs deep. Learning the right ways to respect the land and its natives, along with keeping the Aina preserved is eye opening and helps guests gain a significant connection to it. The excitement I get when couples have the chance to visit Hawaii is indescribable! For those questioning whether they should honeymoon in Hawaii- this is your sign!


Wanting to get your Hawaii vacation documented? Get in touch with me for some more information, I would love to capture it for you!

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