Home to all but two of the world’s climate zones, the Big Island of Hawaii is as breathtaking as it is diverse. Lava fields give way to lush jungle, which turn into jagged mountains and black sand beaches. Long considered a haven for eco-enthusiasts, there are endless trails that meander along waterfalls, beaches, and state parks. The famed Volcanoes National Park lets you witness the primal force of the Kilauea Volcano. Because of the constant volcanic churning, the rest of the Big Island enjoys jet black beaches and unique coves and inlets that are romantic and unusual.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Hawaii in November of 2013. For couples wishing to marry, photo IDs and marriage license applications are required. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. For additional details, check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist.
Climate & Beaches
The Big Island of Hawaii experiences fairly consistent weather, though local micro-climates are wide-varying. During summer (May to October), the average temperature is 85 degrees F, while the average winter temperature is 78 degrees F.
There are hundreds of beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii, ranging from secluded and remote jungle beaches with black sand to snorkeling havens and family-friendly beaches. Punaluu is one of the most iconic beaches on the Big Island and a great place to see Hawaiian green sea turtles. Kona beaches are known for their great snorkeling and body surfing, or try Kolekole Beach Park for smooth lava rocks and waterfalls.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must-see on the island, so explore Crater Rim Drive or the Kilauea Summit for a surreal, otherworldly landscape. The Mauna Kea Summit offers sweeping views of lava fields, deserts and valleys at its 13,796 ft. peak. On the water, manta ray diving gets you up close to these mysterious (and friendly) giants, or explore one of the hundreds of great beaches for swimming, surfing, scuba diving, and bodysurfing. If you plan to rent a car, try driving the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, a spectacular coastline valley with waterfalls, lush rainforests and stunning seaside views.