Beach & Park Wedding Permits
Please be as accurate as possible estimating the number of participants. Our location recommendations are based upon the number of participants and we don't want to have problems for a inaccurate permit. We will not accept liability for a grossly incorrect estimate. If you are expecting more people than originally thought, please let us know.
We include a basic DNLR permit for our weddings as indicated in our packages and on your contract for a specific amount of guests. Extra guests can be added.
A beach wedding DNLR permit is required for all beach weddings in the State of Hawaii, on all islands including beaches fronting hotels, private estates, or other venues. Permits are issued through the the State of Hawaii, Dept. of Land and Natural Resources and/or City & County of Honolulu (for C&C parks).
Why this requirement? Simply, all beaches in Hawaii are public, there are no private beaches. Note: Beaches fronting military bases and other sensitive Federal government facilities are restricted from public use.
DNLR permit applications require a liability insurance certificate requiring $1 million in liability coverage and must also meet other stringent specific language requirements (i.e. not all insurance companies can fulfill the requirements).
Additionally, we have been told by the DNLR that, couples and even individual ministers cannot apply for and receive permits because, they cannot qualify for the insurance language requirement. FYI: We believe that this administrative application of the law is wrong and runs contrary to the intent of the law and the good of the people. We suggest you make a complaint to the Governor and the Insurance Commissioner!
FYI: Permit allowed set-ups like these chairs, arches, Chuppah's, etc. are only allowed along the tree-line set back from the water and beach OR on the grounds of a City & County park. They are illegal on the sand and/or next to the water irrespective what you've seen on other websites showing set-ups at Waimanalo, Makapuu, North Shore, and other beaches! Websites charge so much for set-up's and chairs that it's worth it to them to take the risk of doing it illegally and hoping to not get busted. Not bad for the money unless, it's your wedding that get's ruined!
FYI: We charge additionally for extra guests over the amount provided for in your package. Yes, it's partly because of the DNLR permit requirements and the extra permit cost for more people but, it's just as much if not more because, having extra guests complicates the performance of our on-site vendors and it's just more difficult. Simply, if you want to have 30 or 40 or 50 guests or more at a public beach, it's no longer a simple beach wedding at our simple beach wedding prices, and we're going to charge you additional for that.