DNLR Beach Wedding Permits
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: Set-ups like chairs, arches, Chuppah's, etc. are only allowed along the tree-line vegetation line and set back from the waterline OR on the grounds of a City & County park. They are illegal on the sand, next to the water irrespective what you've seen on other websites showing set-ups at Waimanalo, Makapuu, North Shore, and other beaches. Some websites charge $2000+ for set-up's and it's worth it to them to take the risk of doing it illegally and hoping to not get busted. Not bad unless, it's your wedding that get's ruined!