"Hawaii’s Most Secluded Island,” Lanai was once entirely a pineapple plantation (Dole’s to be exact), but has recently developed into a vibrant yet tranquil place, attracting couples that appreciate pristine natural wonders, unrivaled beauty, serenity, and seclusion. With a population of just 3200, the island has only 30 miles of paved roads and just a few accommodations: opulent Manele Bay Hotel, a world-class resort located near one of the island’s best beaches; upscale Lodge at Koele, which is modeled after an English country manor; and, cozy Hotel Lanai. There are also a handful of bed and breakfasts and rental homes. With no nightlife to speak of, Lanai is best suited for those looking to get away from it all and those who love the great outdoors. If that sounds like you, read on to see our top spots for saying “I Do” on Lanai.
BEACHES + PARKS
Hulopo'e Beach and Bay
Named America’s most beautiful shore, Hulopo’e Beach is comprised of white-sand shores, with lava rocks and tidepools dotting the landscape. There are also grassy and shaded areas, giving you plenty of options for exchanging vows. Manele Bay Hotel sits atop a bluff, overlooking the beach, and the bay is the safest spot on the island to swim. Located in a protected Marine Life Conservation Area, the bay is filled with coral formations and colorful fish and is the central recreational area on the island, so be aware that you may not be alone on the Big Day. To the left of the beach is Pu’u Pehe Rock, often referred to as Sweetheart Rock, as well as hiking trails. Convenient restroom facilities, picnic tables, and grills make this a wonderful wedding spot.
Location: Highway 440, South Lanai
Also known as Lanai City Commercial Square, Dole Park is in the center of Lanai City. If you’re looking for a nice, flat grassy area with plenty of free parking, picnic tables, pavilions, and pines, you’ve found it. The center of family recreational activities, there is also a community center and several veteran memorials commemorating the soldiers that fought and died in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Many quaint businesses and restaurants make their homes on the streets, which mark the boundaries of the park.
Location: In the center of Lanai City. From the Lanai Airport, take Highway 440 to Lanai Avenue. Lanai Avenue, along with Seventh Street, Fraser Avenue, and Eight Street form the borders of the park.
Contact: 808- 565-6979
Pu'u Pehe Rock and Overlook
Located off the southern coast of Lanai to the left of Hulopo'e Beach, the grand lava sea cliff, Pu'u Pehe Rock, stands 100 feet high and can be seen from many sites along the southern coast. The hike to the top of the lookout is a gentle slope and an easy walk, making it fairly easy for you and your guests to reach. Besides the wonderful view of Pu'u Pehe Rock, there are stunning views of Manele Bay, Hulopo'e Bay, Manele Bay Resort, Sharks Bay, Sharks Cove, and many tidepools. Fabulous photo opportunities abound. Just be sure not to get too close to the edge, as the sea cliffs can break and there are no guardrails.
Location: From Lanai City, take Highway 440 south about 13 miles. Follow the signs to the Hulopo'e Beach Park. Take the trail to the left of the beach to reach the overlook.
Contact: 808- 565-6979
If you’re up for more of an adventure in getting to your wedding spot and desire unparalleled views of the entire island – and all of the other Hawaiian islands on a good day, windy Munro Trail can’t be beat. A 7-mile, one-lane dirt road, best driven by 4-wheel drive, it takes 2-3 hours to reach the summit of Mount Lanai'hale, due to road conditions, hikers, and wildlife. But reaching the pinnacle at 3,370 feet and making a lifelong commitment while looking over the entire island can’t be beat. Just think of the photos! Be forewarned: There are no facilities anywhere along the trail so bring plenty of water and whatever else you might need, and be sure to have a full tank of gas!
Location: From Lanai City, take Highway 440 north, past the Lodge at Koele. The highway becomes Keomoku Road. Turn right at Cemetery Road and follow the signs to Munro Trail.
Applying for a Marriage License
For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents on Lanai, call the Department of Health at 808-565-6411.