Hawaii Honeymoons

a beach on Oahu
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Hawaii is an idyllic honeymoon destination for a lot of LDS couples, but which island is right for you? Use this guide to the six main islands of Hawaii to choose the best island for you, or click on the names of the islands for more information from GoHawaii.com.

Oahu

Oahu is sometimes called “the heart of Hawaii” because it’s such a popular island to visit. Oahu’s got a little bit of everything: wild natural beauty, tourist attractions, and the huge metropolitan areas of Honolulu and Waikiki.

A large LDS temple is located in Laie, patterned after King Solomon’s temple in the Old Testament. It is one of the few temples around the world with no angel Moroni on top. The grounds are beautiful and there is an adjoining visitor’s center.

BYU-Hawaii is also on Oahu, as well as the Polyneasian Cultural Center. Lots of shows, costumed dancers, demonstrations, and exhibits introduce people to Polynesian art, dance, music, and customs.

Don’t forget to visit Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. Cap it off with a day of shopping, fine dining, and strolling past the high rise hotels that line the beach at Waikiki.

Some of the best beaches on Oahu are Lanikai Beach and Hanauma Bay.

Kauai

Rainbow and Waterfalls in Kauai
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If you love untamed and untouched nature, then Kauai is the Hawaiian island to visit. In fact, 80% of the island is inaccessible by foot so you’ll probably want to book a tour by helicopter or boat to truly see it.

One of the most popular attractions in Kauai is Waimea Canyon, the grand canyon of the Pacific. The canyon is 14 miles long, a mile wide, and 3,600 feet deep. The canyon is located near Kokee State Park for hiking of all skill levels.

The Napali Coast in northern Kauai is a stretch of rocky green coastline, complete with waterfalls. It’s a sight to see, but can only be accessed by a treacherous 11-mile hike – or by boat or air tour.

Some of the best beaches in Kauai are Poipu Beach, Hanalei Bay, and Ke’e Beach Park,

Molokai

A beach at Molokai
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Not your typical tourist island, Molokai is a small and out of the way place where you can see Hawaii without the Hawaiian tourist traps. Mule rides through scenic Molokai are popular.

On your trip to Molokai, make sure to visit Halawa Valley. You can only see it by guided tour (which you can book through the Aqua Hotel), but it’s worth it to see the hidden heiau (places of worship) and the double-tiered Moolua Falls. (Hawaiian legend says that a giant lizard lives at the bottom of the falls.)

Kaunakakai, a historic whaling town on the coast of Molokai, is a great place to shop for unique souvenirs.

Some of the best beaches on Molokai are Papohaku Beach and Kapukahehu Beach.

Lanai

puu-pehe rock in Lanai
Photo Courtesy of Forest and Kim Starr (USGS)

Lanai’s variety in landscape makes it a great honeymoon destination. In Hulopoe Bay, snap a photo of landmark Sweetheart Rock (Puu Pehe), a huge boulder jutting out of the water. Legend says that a Hawaiian warrior overcome by sadness at his wife’s death jumped to his death from Puu Pehe.

The Garden of the Gods (Keahiakawelo in Hawaiian) looks more like the surface of the moon than a tropical island. According to Hawaiian legend, the rock garden was formed when two gods burned everything on the landscape in a contest to see who could keep their fire burning longest.

If you are a hiker, check out Munro Trail. The challenging 8-mile hike leads to the top of the island’s only mountain Lana’ihale, with views of the neighboring Hawaiian Islands. If you scuba dive, make sure to visit “the Cathedrals.”

One of the best beaches in Lanai is Hulopoe Beach.

Maui

A beach at Sunset in Maui
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Honeymooners simply can’t miss seeing the sunrise (or, if you can’t get up that early, sunset) from the top of Haleakala Mountain. Haleakala means “house of the sun.” The surrounding 30,000-acre park can be explored on foot or horseback.

Historic Lahaina has old Hawaiian charm mixed with art galleries and a variety shops and restaurants. Lahaina Harbor is one of the best places to book a whale watching tour from December to May.

The Pools of Oheo are tiered pools like you’d expect to see in the Garden of Eden, with little waterfalls connecting the pools. You can even take a swim in them.

Snorkeling anywhere in Hawaii is amazing, but nowhere more so than off the coast of Maui at a tiny crescent-shaped island called Molokini – known for having the clearest water in Hawaii.

Some of the best beaches on Maui are Kaanapali (Black Rock Beach,) and Kapalua Bay Beach.

The Big Island

Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii
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At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can see the active Kilauea Volcano that has been erupting since 1983. Motor along Crater Rim Drive with its scenic stopping points, and see the sacred Puuloa Petroglyphs. No one is sure what these ancient petroglyphs mean, but more than 23,000 ancient images are carved into the lava rock here.

After sundown, you can stargaze at the Maunakea visitors’ center atop the tallest sea mountain in the world. The minimal light interference, clear air, and high elevation make this a totally difference experience than looking through the telescope in your backyard.

The Big Island is also home to Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Wailuku River State Park. At Wailuku, stop by the Boiling Pots, terraced pools that bubble as if boiling. They are fed by Rainbow Falls (Pe’e Pe’e Falls in Hawaiian.)

There is also a small temple in Kailua Kona. Once of the best beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii is Hapuna Beach State Park.

Honeymoon in Hawaii, Photo Courtesy of Marielle Hayes Photography, Weddinglds.com
Photo Courtesy of Marielle Hayes Photography

Choosing a Hawaiian island for your honeymoon is actually really difficult when you look at what each has to offer. Limit yourself to one or two islands if you want to stay in a hotel, but if you want to see more than that you’d be better off booking a Hawaiian honeymoon cruise that stops at all six.

♥ Jenny Evans
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