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Getting Married in Hawaii – Guide to Beach Weddings in Hawaii

Beautiful Hawaii is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the world’s tallest sea mountain. Birthplace of surfing and the hula. Hawaii is one of the youngest geological formations in the world and the youngest state of the union. Hawaii’s most unique and endearing feature is its Aloha Spirit: the sincere warmth of the people of Hawaii that wonderfully complements the Islands’ most attractive temperatures.

There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii’s Big island. You’ll find each island has its own distinct qualities and offers its own adventures, activities, and sightseeing opportunities. The unique experiences you can encounter on each Island in Hawaii makes for a most compelling vacation destination.

Most Popular Beaches

Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole world. Those listed are merely a sampling of the great offerings Hawaii has for those who enjoy the time in the sun, surfing, or snorkeling. 

  • Lanikai Beach, Oahu
  • Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai
  • Kaanapali - Black Rock Beach, Maui
  • Hanauma Bay, Oahu
  • Ke’e Beach Park, Kauai
  • Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui
  • Hapuna Beach State Park, Big Island
  • Hulopoe Beach, Lanai
  • Poipu Beach, Kauai
  • Papohaku Beach, Molokai

Traveler Facts

Travel & Transportation - Flights to Hawaii are readily accessible to Honolulu International Airport in Oahu. There are flights one can take to get to the other Islands once there, but the airport in Oahu is the only one that can be reached from the outside.

Entry Requirements - Hawaii is America’s 50th state and requires no documentation to enter if a U.S. citizen. People traveling from other countries will need to have a passport with them.

Languages Spoken / official language – While English is spoken throughout the Islands, Hawaiian is the official language of Hawaii. Pidgin English is a form of conversational slang used in every day conversation among Hawaiians as well.

Currency – The U.S. Dollar is the official form of currency.

Tipping - It is appropriate to tip between 15-20% of your total bill for services and restaurants in Hawaii.

Taxes – There is no sales tax in Hawaii, but because of a special tax on businesses prices will be higher than what you might find in the mainland U.S.

Electricity – 120 Volt 60 Hz, the same as the mainland U.S.

Immunizations & Health Issues - There are no noteworthy health issues or need for immunizations for travel to Hawaii.

Hawaii Marriage License & Wedding Requirements Information

Hawaii is a beautiful place and a marriage here is an ideal way for a couple to start life together. You may be a visitor to the Islands, drawn to our year-round warm and sunny weather, or you may be a resident wishing to celebrate a most cherished moment in a place that you call home. Whoever you are, we welcome you and hope that we can make your wedding day as free from worry as possible. Aloha and best wishes!

For any person to lawfully marry in the State of Hawaii, a license for that purpose must be obtained from an authorized agent (HRS §572-1.7). Once the license has been issued, there is no waiting period before the marriage can take place.

Marriage performers must be duly licensed by and in the State of Hawaii to perform the marriage ceremony. If desired, you may request the marriage performer to present his/her license for your inspection. For further information about obtaining a marriage performer, you can visit The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau website or call them at (808) 924-0266. {}

Getting Marriage License Information by Telephone

Information on marriage licenses may be obtained via the telephone system, any day or any time, by calling (808) 586-4545.

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Who is Eligible to Apply for a Marriage License?

There are no state residence or U.S. citizenship requirements.

Blood tests are not required.

The legal age to marry is 18 years for both males and females.

Males or females of 16 or 17 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of both parents, legal guardian, or the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.

Males or females of 15 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of both parents or legal guardian, and the written approval of a judge of the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.

Proof of age is required. A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for anyone 18 years of age or under. A valid I.D. or driver’s license may be presented for anyone 19 years of age or over.

If previously married, proof of original divorce decree or death certificate needs to be presented to the marriage agent by the applicant if the divorce or death was final within 30 days of applying for a marriage license. NO FAXES ARE ACCEPTED.

How to Apply for a Marriage License

The prospective bride and groom must appear together in person before a marriage license agent to apply for a marriage license. Proxies are not allowed.

The prospective bride and groom should be prepared to provide the necessary proof of age and present any required written consents and approvals. All of the necessary documents should be obtained prior to applying for a marriage license.

The prospective bride and groom must prepare an official application and file the application in person with the marriage license agent. Applications are provided by the marriage license agent or may be downloaded from this site (see below). The application will not be accepted if sent by either postal mail or e-mail.

Upon approval, a marriage license is issued at the time the application is made.

The marriage license costs $60.00, payable in cash at the time the application is made.

The marriage license is good only in, but is valid throughout, the State of Hawaii.

The marriage license expires 30 days from and including the date of issuance, after which it automatically becomes null and void.

If you do not get married within the 30 days, return the unused license in the pre-addressed envelope provided to you for invalidation.

Where to Apply for a Marriage License

In Honolulu - Room 101 (1st floor) of the Health Department Building, 1250 Punchbowl St. (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets)

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents in the rural and suburban areas of Oahu - call (808) 586-4544

For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents on the neighbor islands - call the local office of the Department of Health:

Hawaii (Big Island)-(808) 974-6008 Kauai-(808) 241-3498 Maui-(808) 984-8210 Molokai-(808) 553-3663 Lanai-(808) 565-6411

Tourism Office Information


Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96815
TEL: +1 (808) 923-1811
FAX: +1 (808) 924-0290

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Climate Information & The Best Time to Travel

Any time of year is a good time to visit Hawaii. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier (average temperature is 75˚-88˚ F) while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler (68˚-80˚ F). Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round

High & Low Season for travel - Winter is generally regarded as the high season due to the comfortable temp and little rain during that time of year. The summer is generally regarded as the low season.

Map of Hawaii

Local Attractions & Must Do’s

Visit the active Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island Take a whale-watching catamaran cruise Snorkel off the island of Molokini

See Waimea Canyon on Kauai, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific

Play golf at any of Hawaii’s more than 80 world class courses

Attend an authentic Polynesian Luau

There are many more exciting things to experience in Hawaii including the shopping, fishing, surfing, etc… There is something for everyone in Hawaii.

Most Popular Hotels

Four Seasons Hualailai, on Hawaii - On the exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, this luxurious, tropical oasis captures the essence of Hawaii’s best. It offers seclusion without isolation, complemented by an award-winning sports club and spa and a private Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.

Halekulani - Halekulani has been hosting visitors to Waikiki Beach for nearly 100 years. Today its reputation for gracious hospitality, impeccable service and magnificent cuisine is unequaled on Oahu and renowned throughout the world.

THE FAIRMONT KEA LANI, MAUI - The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui on pristine Polo Beach in world famous Wailea, Maui. The Fairmont Kea Lani is Hawaii’s only luxury all-suite and villa oceanfront resort. Each opulent one-bedroom suite includes a spacious living room, separate master bedroom and elegant marble bathroom. Guests soak in the beauty of Maui on large, personal lanais. For a truly unique experience, enjoy a two or three-bedroom oceanfront villa with kitchens and private plunge pools.

Hotel Hana-Maui and Hanua Spa - The AAA Four Diamond luxury resort has long been known as a favorite Hawaiian vacation retreat for generations of travelers seeking a serene and enchanting escape. Hana is the perfect location for small weddings, honeymoons, and romantic getaways. The Hotel reflects a wonderful blend of Hawaiian heritage and the unspoiled natural beauty that makes Hana such a special place.

The Kahala Hotel and Resort - The Kahala Hotel & Resort is Hawaii’s reigning luxury resort, set on a secluded beach just ten minutes from the world class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki. This legendary hideaway resort in Honolulu’s plush Kahala district is a favorite with presidents, international royalty and celebrities. From the moment you arrive, you will know that you are truly somewhere special.