Avoiding the Need to Get a Permit for Hawaii Weddings

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Maui'd Forever is Now Offering Several Locations on Each Hawaiian Island With Beach Proximity and Views but Without the Need to Obtain a Permit

Permit Free Beach Wedding

Permit Free Beach Wedding

Maui'd Forever is now offering beach area weddings with no permit being required. The advantage to this new offering is that one can avoid the fee and can circumvent burdensome regulations.Prior to this development one could not even put up chairs for their guests.

The State of Hawaii’s, Department of Land and Natural Resources started requiring permits for beach weddings starting in 2008. At first this outraged many in the Hawaii wedding industry especially the native Hawaiian ministers. Several lawsuits were brought to challenge the law with the last being brought by Maui Pastor Laki Kaahumanu.

The regulations also restrict the activities of what can transpire at one of these beach weddings. Prior to 2008 beach weddings were unrestricted and often had flower arches and chairs set up on the sand. This is no longer allowed. Many florists and equipment rental companies were left with inventory that cannot be used.

These regulations are only for beaches and up to the mean high tide line. So to bypass the regulations and accompanying fees many Hawaii wedding planners have chosen to do their beach weddings at beach parks or just on the other side of the mean high tide line.

On the Island of Kauai the most popular beach is called Shipwreck beach, aka Keoneloa Beach. This location like all other beaches requires a permit to do a wedding or vow renewal. However, there is a cliff location overlooking the beaches and the bay. Hawaiian minister Harold Kilborn calls it his secret spot.

Not really a secret, this location commands beautiful views that the sand cannot match. It also affords a good deal of privacy. Although many different condominiums are located along these cliffs they are set back quite far. Access is easy with parking and walking paths.

Another option on Kauai is to do the wedding at one of the numerous beach parks. The best option according to Hawaiian Style Weddings coordinator Jana Rothenberg is Poipu Beach Park. She comments “there are restrooms, parking, covered pavilions in case of rain and most importantly, a stretch of grass the fronts the beautiful beach where one can do the wedding”.

Hawaii wedding planner, Maui’d Forever will reduce the price of the wedding done on the cliff or at the park. The company’s president Mark Steffan comments that although easy to obtain and not too costly there is no direct benefit to the beaches or the wedding industry in pulling a permit.

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