Kauai has aged well as Hawaii’s oldest island, with hundreds of years of practice perfecting jagged mountain spires, lush valleys, and dramatic rivers and waterfalls. Known for its impressive cliffs, canyons, and rainforests, Kauai is the least commercially developed of the Hawaiian Islands, meaning there are miles of pristine land to explore. Whether you snorkel on a remote beach or hike to a scenic overlook, there’s endless natural beauty to view. The NaPali Coast is perfect for a scenic drive or boat tour, while the Wailua River has beautiful grottos and waterfalls to visit on canoe or kayak.
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.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors outside of the US. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
The official language of Hawaii is English, though Hawaiian is also spoken.
The US dollar is the official currency of Hawaii.
Climate & Beaches
Kauai 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.
Kauai is best-known for its impressive cliffs and canyons, but plenty of beautiful white sand beaches exist on the north and east sides of the island. Anini Beach Park has a quiet lagoon that’s perfect for beginner snorkelers, while Kalapaki Beach is a great place to watch local surfers. On the south shore, Poipu Beach Park has crystal clear waters and is one of Kauai’s most popular beaches.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
The Waimea Canyon is often nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” with over 10 miles of stunning cliffs and valleys to explore. Just north of the Waimea Canyon, the Kokee State Park has some of Hawaii’s best hiking trails and sweeping valley views. On the water, the Napali Coast is a must-see for dramatic, wind-shaped cliffs and hills. Kauai has some of the only navigable rivers in Hawaii, so try a kayak or canoe tour through the many fern grottos and rock caves along the Wailua River. Or, visit Old Koloa Town to shop historic storefronts for local treasures.
Let us help plan your perfect romantic celebration.
GayDestinationWeddings.com makes every effort to keep the travel information up to date on this website, however, resorts, wedding packages and laws do change and so we cannot guarantee that all information regarding rules, regulations, and marriage requirements at particular sites are completely accurate at the time of viewing. Before making marriage decisions on a particular destination, we highly recommend you speak with your specialist or wedding coordinator to verify rules at a particular destination before finalizing your travel plans.