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Hawaii’s Hidden Gems for Wedding Guests | Maui & Oahu

Getting married in Oahu, HI or Maui, HI? Send this guide to your wedding guests and make sure they treat your Hawaii destination wedding like a vacation.

One of the most important parts of planning a destination wedding is making sure your guests have a guide to the local area. It’s a vacation for them, too! If I was planning your Hawaiian destination wedding on Maui or Oahu (ahem — want me to?) here’s where I’d send them.

A Wedding Guest’s Guide to Oahu


  • There are so many incredible venues in Oahu, but the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore stands out. Its seven outdoor wedding venues (and two ballrooms) capitalize on the jaw-dropping views, and your guests will find the rooms to be as comfortable as they are gorgeous. 


  • I’ve never had better sushi than what I’ve tasted in Hawaii. In particular, Banzai Sushi is incredible. If you want to catch a deal, make sure to check out happy hour Wednesday – Sunday.
  • Merriman’s keeps winning awards, and for good reason. I’m obsessed with their sustainable farm-to-table approach and views from the open air lanai dining room. P.S. They also have a location on Oahu.
  • If you’re into the late-night scene, check out Maya’s Tapas and Wine. I love their “Lost at Sea” cocktail, and the fact that they can host private parties for your pre- or post-wedding meals.
  • Lei Lei’s Bar and Grill at the Turtle Bay Resort offers one of the most upscale menus on the island. And you just may see some surfing celebrities at the next table over. 
  • You can’t go to Hawaii and not get shaved ice. There are plenty of awesome spots for this, but the locals rave about Kula Shave Ice North Shore’s organic, fruit-based flavors the most. 
  • For a more casual meal, you can’t go wrong with the food truck scene. Mike’s Huli Chicken and Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck are two of my faves. 


  • Obviously there are tons of incredible beaches across Oahu. One of the best is Keiki Beach, which has plenty of room for large groups and is also a good spot for watching surfers if the waves are just right. 
  • If you’re a foodie who isn’t quite as skilled in the kitchen, you’re going to love the poke class at the Four Seasons Lanai. Poke is a raw fish bowl authentic to Hawaii, meaning it’s a cooking class anyone can ace. 
  • For the adventure seekers in your group, free diving with the sharks is a must. Hawaii Shark Encounters offers one of the best tours on Oahu. 

A Wedding Guest’s Guide to Maui


  • Of course there are a million stunning resorts across Maui. But there’s only one where you can live out your White Lotus (season one) fantasies and get hitched: the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea. Their one-wedding-a-day policy means your day will be the center of attention. 


  • Wine and dine your guests at Maui’s only tasting menu restaurant, NyloS. Be prepared to spend a few hundred dollars per person, and be wowed by sommelier/chef Jeremy Solyn’s global culinary prowess.
  • The coffee snobs in your life are going to love Akamai Coffee Co. They only serve Maui-grown, roasted, and ground coffee, and their cafe in Kihei is Instagram-worthy.
  • The dinnertime views at Ka’ana Kitchen at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort are incredible — and I’m not just talkin’ about the food. The dining room overlooks a terrace, ocean, and killer sunsets.
  • Whether you go for a full-size or mini, your guests will love the key lime pie at Sugar Beach Bake Shop. Feeling adventurous? The lilikoi, or passionfruit pie, is also a stunner. 
  • Take a stop at Waikapu on 30 and nosh on some authentic Hawaiian flavor. It’s a local’s favorite, meaning no frills but insanely delicious Hawaiian grindz served in takeout containers and eaten on picnic benches. 


  • Farm-to-table takes on a whole new meaning when you tour Surfing Goat Dairy. Whether you’re into snuggling sweet goats, or tasting their award-winning goat cheeses, this agricultural tour is a fun one for all ages. 
  • Take a stroll through the fields at Ali’i Kula Lavender farm and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven, it smells so good. Self-guided tours are only available Friday – Monday, so make sure you plan ahead. 
  • These snorkeling tours to Turtle Town and Molokini Crater are some of the best on the island. I promise the sights are worth the early wake-up time!  

Let the Planning Begin

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