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Destination: Hawaii

awaii weddings are now legal! Beginning January 1, 2012, you and your partner can enjoy all the Aloha State has to offer in a destination wedding, plus take advantage of legally recognized civil union benefits as well. What a package! Ceremonies in Hawaii are as diverse as the thousands of couples who visit every year to exchange their vows. From a simple, barefoot beach wedding, to a luau extravaganza from sunrise to sunset, the details for your dream ceremony are virtually limitless. If you are not residents of the state, certainly consider a local wedding planner. (Being long-distance when planning your ceremony can be challenging!) There are a few event planners who have been committed to same-sex celebrations for many years; truly, their expertise will save you hours of sorting through ideas and they will have a network of wedding professionals available to work with you respectfully and with joy. As you begin to decide where and when to marry, consider the many options available on the different islands as well as how long your guest list might be. If it’s just you & your partner, the scheduling might be wide open but if you plan to invite family and friends you’ll want to brainstorm

more carefully. It can be hard to take into account which attractions may best suit all your guests – again, another reason to work with a local planner to help outline the many opportunities available not only for your ceremony, but for the honeymoon and vacation time surrounding your celebration.

The Five Islands~

Oahu

Oahu is home to the majority of Hawaii’s population, and offers lively attractions, cuisine, entertainment, nightlife as well as historic sites and breathtaking beauty. It’s the perfect blend of Hawaii’s timeless wonders and today’s luxuries & attractions! This is the land of Waikiki, the perfect wave –you can surf yourself or watch the experts... five star hotels and 112 miles of gorgeous beaches. Snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking, beach-combing, hiking, boating and whale-watching are all easily accessible in Oahu, the ‘Heart of Hawaii.’

Kauai

The oldest and northernmost island, Kauai, offers a backdrop of dramatic natural attractions. Lush tropical vegetation, waterfalls, sparkling sandy beaches. Adventure tours await you here, including boat expeditions to view the soaring cliffs of the Napali Coast or hiking trips to Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.) Snorkeling for beginners as well

as experts, horseback riding, air tours, fishing excursions, scuba diving & much more. Poipu Beach Park has been voted one of America’s best beaches.

Hawaii

The “Big Island” hosts an active volcano and many awe-inspiring natural wonders. This is the youngest island in the archipelago, and (with the volcanic activity) it’s still growing! The Big Island is a vast land of adventure, home not only to the dramatic lava-spewing Kilauea, but also the tallest sea mountain in the world, as well as lush rain forests, volcanic deserts, snow-topped peaks and the famed black-sand beaches. Small villages await, as well as posh resorts that span acres. Everything Hawaiian is possible here – you’ll just need to plan your itinerary to take it all in!

Lanai

This quiet island is a romantic paradise, filled with hidden beauties, tropical fragrances and secluded resorts. Boasting no traffic lights, Lanai is the perfect getaway – a mix of charming shops, postcard-perfect beaches, outdoor excursions, golf, spas and historic backdrops. Lanai City began as an old plantation town, developing out of the island’s pineapple industry. The offroad path Munro Trail winds 12.8 miles to the island’s highest scenic point. Keahiakawelo, also known as The Garden of the Gods, is a must-see natural rock formation.

Vol. 6 Issue 1 2011 LGBT Planning Resource Guide 9

The 2011 LGBT Wedding Planning Guide (Vol. 6, Is. 1)  

An expanded issue of the nation's first Gay and Lesbian Wedding Magazine. This issue features the latest tips and trends for 2011 along wit...

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