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My Top 5 Wedding Venues on Oahu

January 12, 2023

Over the course of my career as a Hawaiian wedding photographer, I have visited some of the most beautiful wedding venues Hawaii has to offer. Many of my favorite wedding venues throughout the islands are on the island of Oahu. From gorgeous views and beautiful beach fronts to luscious greenery and towering palm trees, there’s […]

My Top 5 Wedding Venues on Oahu
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A couple smiles at their guests during their wedding ceremony standing in front of a tropical styled wedding arch.

Over the course of my career as a Hawaiian wedding photographer, I have visited some of the most beautiful wedding venues Hawaii has to offer. Many of my favorite wedding venues throughout the islands are on the island of Oahu. From gorgeous views and beautiful beach fronts to luscious greenery and towering palm trees, there’s something for everyone! So as not to overwhelm you with all the options throughout the islands, today we’re focusing on my top 5 favorite venues on the island of Oahu.

Loulu Palm

Starting off the list of Oahu wedding venues we have Loulu Palm. Loulu Palm is a beautiful beachfront wedding venue located on the north side of Oahu. Loulu Palm is located between the ocean and lush green mountains making it beautiful from every angle and an easy pick for one of the best venues in Oahu. The venue is known for its beautiful palm trees, hence the name, but has SO much more to offer as a wedding venue. Between the jaw-dropping views of the ocean and mountains, the abundance of space for your ceremony and reception, and the insane amount of equipment rentals they have available, there is so much to love about Loulu Palm. 

A couple walks into their wedding day next to a giant Aloha sign during their wedding at Loulu Palm in Hawaii
A couple celebrates as they walk their  recessional after their wedding ceremony at Loulu palms in Hawaii.
String lights hang in a clear tent as a newly married couple walks to their wedding reception at Loulu palms in Hawaii.
A top view of a wedding reception under a clear tent at the wedding venue Loulu Palm in Hawaii.
A couple sits at the head table during their wedding toasts at their tropical themed wedding in Loulu Palms in Hawaii.
A couple kisses during their first dance overlooking palm trees during their wedding reception at Loulu Palm in Oahu.

Lanikūhonua

If you’re looking for a venue that is the perfect match for any size gathering, then look no further than Lanikūhonua! The venue has three different sites on the premises that you can use for your wedding day. Haʻalea, Ani Ani Ku, and Kaʻula are their names and are suitable for up to 150, 700, and 1,000 guests respectively. And if you plan to have a massive wedding and need even more space, you’re able to rent all three and have all the space you could possibly need! The wedding venue is located right on the southwest beachfront of Oahu and has the perfect combination of beautiful ocean views, lush greenery, and an expansive grass lawn perfect for your reception.

A married couple has their first dance during their wedding reception at Lanikūhonua on Oahu.
A tropical themed garland with pink flowers decorates the table for a wedding at Lanikūhonua in Hawaii.
Newlyweds stand in front of their wedding arch with tropical florals draped around it.  The bride wears a tropical themed flower crown and the groom wears a traditional Hawaiian bay leaf lei
A married couple kisses at their wedding in front of a sunset during their reception at Lanikūhonua

Kualoa Ranch

Found on the east side of Oahu, this wedding venue is a one-of-a-kind experience! Kualoa Ranch specializes in smaller, more intimate weddings, with their 2 different locations having capacities ranging between 200 and 250 guests. Trust me when I say that this venue provides a one-of-a-kind experience. You may recognize the landscape surrounding the venue if you’re familiar with the Jurassic Park films as a portion of the series was actually filmed here. Even if you’re not a fan of the films, it’s easy to see what makes this venue so special.

The lush green towering mountains give this incredibly epic feel to the venue’s grounds. And whether you opt for Paliku Gardens which looks over Kane’ohe Bay and Mokoli’i Island or Moli’i Gardens which looks out over an 800-year-old Hawaiian fishpond, you’re sure to have a wedding day that you’ll love to look back on for the rest of your life!

If you’re loving this venue check out my spotlight blog post on Kualoa Ranch!

A husband kisses and dips his wife on  their wedding day while standing in front of their tropical wedding decorations.
A couple holds one another on a boat on their wedding day during their newly wed portraits at Kualoa Ranch.
A married couple walks on a boardwalk towards their cocktail hour at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.
A married couple give a toast to their guests during their wedding reception at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii
Wedding guests stand in front of a rocky cliff on the coast of Oahu at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.

Sunset Ranch

Not just a wedding venue, Sunset Ranch is an actual ranch with a focus on sustainability and conservation in Hawaii. Sunset Ranch is located on the north side of Oahu and in addition to being a wedding venue has a horse ranch, botanical garden, avocado farm, and much more. The venue is surrounded by breathtaking greenery and incredible views of Oahu’s landscape making it easy to see why the ranch opted to start having weddings on their premises in addition to their other endeavors. Their goal is that couples and guests that experience a wedding on the ranch take their mission of conservation to heart and carry it with them, and once you see and experience this magical location you’ll be 100% on board!

A bride stands with her wedding party during golden hour at their wedding reception in Sunset Ranch in Hawaii.
A tropical decorated wedding arch in the ceremony space at Sunset Ranch in Hawaii.
A couple dances holding one another during sunset at their Hawaii Wedding at Sunset Ranch.

Male’ana Gardens

Last but certainly not least we have Male’ana Gardens. The Male’ana Gardens are a wedding venue located on the east side of Oahu and focus on small, intimate weddings and elopements. With a max guest count of 20, this venue is perfect for couples looking to have their wedding day with only their favorite people in attendance, keeping things intimate and personal. The venue is the perfect mix of natural Hawaiian beauty and luxury and gives your wedding day a one-of-a-kind experience and setting.

A couple walks in front of their bright pink floral wedding arch before their ceremony at the Male’ana Gardens in Hawaii.
A wedding reception table with pink florals under a chandelier at their wedding at Male’ana Gardens.
A couple stands holding one another,  and kissing in front of their reception space at the Hawaii wedding venue at Male’ana Gardens.

Now that you’ve seen the 5 best wedding venues Oahu has to offer you’re probably wondering how to go about planning your wedding day at one of these beautiful locations. All the venues have their booking links or contact information listed on their sites, and if you need a Hawaii based photo and video team Olson Productions might just be the team for you! Head to my contact page to send me an inquiry and we can start to plan your wedding day in Oahu together.

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