Beach Weddings in Hawaii – Beachwed

Requirements

BACKGROUND

The State of Hawaii requires a Right-of-Entry (ROE) Permit for wedding ceremonies on the beach. The purpose is to (1) "… protect our natural and cultural resources", (2) "… provide for public resident recreational access that does not damage those resources", and (3) "… allow commercial activity that does not damage the natural and cultural resources, or negatively impact the public’s recreational use." (Violations may result in a $5,000 fine.)

WHAT THE STATE WEB SITE SAYS

" 'Shoreline' means the upper reaches of the wash of the waves, other than storm and seismic waves, at high tide during the season of the year in which the highest wash of the waves occurs, usually evidenced by the edge of vegetation growth, or the upper limit of debris left by the wash of the waves."

OUR POLICY & FEES

We are very respectful of the environment & public access and always seek a place that will not negatively impact either. Therefore when the ROE Permit, is applicable, we will obtain a ROE Permit as required according to the space required. See State Terms & Conditions

  • Our base fee is $75 $50 for up to 20 guests
  • Add $20 for each additional 10-15 guests.

WHEN A PERMIT IS REQUIRED

Our packages do not include permit fees because we can't know the cost, applicability or requirements of the permit until we know the requirements of your wedding, number of guests and the location. We suspect that the majority of weddings will only require the minimum space. For larger weddings that require more space, expect a higher permit fee.

ONCE THE PERMIT IS OBTAINED, THE DATE, TIME, SITE & NUMBER OF GUESTS CANNOT BE CHANGED. If a change is required, a new permit reflecting the changes will be needed. There is NO REFUND once the permit application is made. A new permit fee would apply.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Areas above the 'Shoreline', such as on the grass or sand well beyond the reach of the tides, are free from permitting. Couples who choose to have their marriage or renewal ceremony on a sandy "beach", in the tidal zone described above as "Shoreline",  will need a permit. If we are on the sand outside of that defined area, no permit is needed, as we understand the law. DLNR does not allow the use of chairs (except for disabled persons), tables, arches and other assorted decorative elements. Whatever the case, the site must be returned to its prior condition.

GUIDELINES

  • Get information about beach locations using our Oahu Site Map & navigating to the area of interest.
  • Links to here to Neighbor Island Beaches.
  • If a permit is required (see the notes on individual sites), we will advise you in your confirmation notice.
  • If in doubt, please contact us. Mahalo for your understanding & cooperation.

Rev: 04/25/2014