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Hawaii Island Weddings

White wedding, barefoot on the beach, lively lu’au or a reception fit for royalty, anything can happen here in paradise…

There’s no better reason to make your every little wish come true. It’s your Big Day — why not? From the blowing of a conch shell announcing the opening ceremony, to the island tradition of exchanging lei (maile for gentlemen and tuba rose for ladies) to signify your love, Fairmont Orchid is the only resort along the Kohala Coast that can offer a full toes-in-the-sand wedding experience from ceremony to reception.  

Everything here is easy, in the harmonious aloha spirit of the islands that envelopes you from the moment you arrive. Elope and honeymoon right here in our island oasis or invite your guests to the destination wedding of a lifetime. Whatever your style and speed, there’s room for everyone to spread out, rejoice, relax, play and connect. Who knows? Maybe your guests will be inspired as the next ones to tie the knot!


Our carefully crafted wedding packages will help you create the wedding of your dreams. Say “I do” and cheers the night away on our private beach with clear vistas of Mauna Kea and Hawaii. Or exchange vows in our dreamy seaside gazebo hugged by lush green lawns and a black lava coast. There’s nothing else like it on the island of Hawaii! From guiding you through your planning process to assisting you on your big day, the Fairmont Orchid Weddings Team will be there to make sure every detail is completed to perfection.

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elope the hawaiian way

As we say in Hawaii, “Be of one mind; be of one heart; be of one love” (“I ho’okahi kahi ka mana’o; I ho’okahi kahi pu’uwai; I ho’okahi kahi ke aloha”). Committing the rest of your life to each other? That’s as personal as it comes. That’s why we’ve created the Just the Two of Us ceremony package. If you’re spiriting away together on your own to start your new life as a couple, exchange a traditional lei island-style as a symbol of your eternal love: maile for grooms and tuba rose for brides. The setting: the vast Pacific, at sunset or sunrise. Truly, it doesn’t get any more romantic than this.

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intimate weddings

Perhaps laidback best describes your approach — you’d happily choose sandals over heels any day. Maybe big crowds make you want to duck and cover. Then bring along only your closest pals and family circle for a full toes-in-the-sand wedding adventure that’s fun and footloose. Our experienced event coordinator will personally guide you in putting together the perfect small oceanfront ceremony and celebration dinner at Brown’s Beach House, our signature AAA Four-Diamond restaurant perched above the sea. Who says big is better?

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Fairmont Orchid’s Director of Hawaiian Culture, Ka’iulani Blankenfeld, is pleased to officiate wedding ceremonies for couples who get married at the AAA Four Diamond luxury resort. She is certified and licensed in the state of Hawai’i to perform weddings and works closely with couples to weave the aloha spirit and Hawaiian cultural practices in the intimate ceremonies she officiates, to add meaningful and memorable touches to a couples’ most special day. As a native Hawaiian with deep ancestral roots in the islands, Ka’iulani is passionate about sharing the Hawaiian culture, myths and legends with guests. She was recently honored to be recognized as a Kumu Hula (hula teacher) after having studied and danced hula since she was five years old. If you are interested in having Ka’iulani Blankenfeld officiate your wedding ceremony, please contact her at


Lit with crystal chandeliers, candles, lanterns or dainty fairy lights, our inside spaces are just as alluring as our tropical outdoor patios, courtyards, soft-sand private beach and ocean-view lawns. We delight in catering to your whims and fairy-tale imaginings. We can create a glittering ballroom worthy of a princess or a captivating Secret Garden tucked away in a quiet corner of the property. We can put together a carefree beach barbecue with live music and flirty cocktails or arrange a serene ceremony under a billowy canopy by the sea. We delight in painting our tropical canvas with the stuff of your dreams.

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