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Hawaii is a once-in-a-lifetime exotic destination filled with pristine beaches, exotic flora and fauna, beautiful hula dancers, and of course, luaus! Are you thinking about planning a wedding, vow renewal, or getaway to this dream island paradise? We're breaking down common misconceptions about traveling to Hawaii as well as which island is right for your group getaway.

True or False

Honolulu is the Big Island. False. This is a very common misunderstanding for those of us on the mainland. Honolulu is the capital of the state of Hawaii and the largest and most famous city located on the island of Oahu. The "Big Island" is the Island of Hawaii and is the largest of the islands that make up the state.

There are all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii. False. There are no all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii, many hotels in Hawaii will offer a breakfast plan (one meal per day) with no alcoholic drinks included. It's common for accommodations to offer studios with living areas and mini-kitchenettes. Anyways, you would never want to be tied to your resort in Hawaii! You will want to get out and explore the island, try the local cuisine, and take in all the island has to offer.

Flights are expensive. True. Flights can be quite pricey depending on where you are flying from. As Hawaii becomes more popular, airlines continue to offer more flight options. Similar to all worldwide travel, plan ahead and watch for fares and you will find reasonably priced options.

Which Island Is Right for Your Group?


Oahu is popularly known as "the heart of Hawaii" and is the most populated of all the islands. Oahu truly offers something for everyone! The bustling city of Honolulu in Oahu is located on the iconic Waikiki Beach where you'll find white sand beaches, shopping, chain restaurants, high-rise hotels, markets, tourists, museums, and history. Hike Diamond Head for breathtaking views of the island, stop by the iconic North Shore where you'll find food trucks, poke stands, and the Triple Crown Surfing competition, or enjoy an authentic Hawaiian sweet treat at Matsumato's Shaved Ice.

Oahu’s Most Popular Attractions: Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Iolani Palace (former Royalty Residence), Polynesian Cultural Center, Waimea Valley, Kualoa Ranch, and Ka Olina Golf Club.


For those looking for a relaxed way to take in Hawaii, consider Maui, also known as the "Valley Isle." Maui is more slow-paced than Oahu, offering a laid-back vacation atmosphere. There are restaurants and quaint shops sprinkled throughout the island and options to explore breathtaking beaches, laid-back culture, and volcanoes. For those looking to experience Hawaii at their own pace, Maui is the island for you.

Maui’s Most Popular Attractions: Haleakalā National Park home to a dormant volcano, The Banyan Tree in Lahaina, and the Road to Hana, a thrilling 52-mile curving drive through the beautiful coastlines, one-lane bridges, waterfalls, freshwater pools, and so much more.


The Garden Isle is full of gorgeous panoramic landscapes of rivers, rainforests, terrain, and waterfalls. Kauai is an Instagram lover’s dream! Home of Waipoo Falls in Waimea Canyon, a 700 ft. waterfall from the opening scene of Jurassic Falls, the island is perfect for those looking to both see and do. Some of the island is only accessible by sea or air making this an exciting destination for those looking to explore and be adventurous. Kayaking, hiking, repelling, snorkeling, helicopter rides, and taking in the awe-inspiring beauty are just a few of the activities recommended on this laid-back island.

The Island of Hawaii

The Island of Hawaii is the largest of all of the islands that make up the state of Hawaii. It's full of wanderlust and adventures through its active volcano, tropical forests, mountains, valleys, and everything in between. Take a dip in the island’s geothermal baths, walk through the “lava trees," walk the black sand beaches, see molten lava in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, swim with manta rays, or take a horseback ride. All of this and more can be planned for travel to Hawaii’s Big Island.

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world. To host your guests in a paradise for your wedding would be a dream. Reach out to our Groups Team to start planning your dream celebration. Mahalo!

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