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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Say “I Do” to Hawaii By Fern Gavelek Who says you can’t have Hawaii for your wedding—or honeymoon? It’s as easy as saying “I do.” PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF HVCB TOP: Hawaii is rich with tropical flowers and gorgeous settings. ABOVE: Resorts offer seaside restaurants for rehearsal dinners. f the wedding of your dreams requires a dream location, the islands of Hawaii deliver with picture-perfect backdrops, a sensu-ous balmy climate, and a friendly stable of wedding professionals. Vows are recited barefoot on a beach or in a wedding chapel with windows open to fragrant island breezes. Hawaii is equally luxurious for honeymoons—newlyweds spend days relaxing, exploring, and enjoy-ing the dawn of a new life together. Fully-equipped resorts and hotels make it easy to plan a secluded elopement, an over-the-top wedding blowout, or a picture-perfect honeymoon visit. Tough the beauty of Hawaii is everywhere, each island offers a lifetime of unique experiences. Alive with active volcanoes, the Island of Hawaii (the Big Island) offers sightseers a geological feast for the eyes. Fresh lava flows from the vents of Kilauea—the world’s most active volcano—and sizzles into the sea. Te green jungle of Maui is perfect for a drive or an invigorating hike to the Seven Sacred Pools. And days of exploration can be spent kayaking along a lazy Kauai river lined with lush floating leaves. A wedding on one island is also a perfect prelude to a honeymoon on another, as each isle has earned a unique reputation for romance. I L O W F AR ES AN D N O N S T O PS T O HA W AI I

Destination Hawaii

Fern Gavelek

Who says you can’t have Hawaii for your wedding—or honeymoon? It’s as easy as saying “I do.”<br /> <br /> If the wedding of your dreams requires a dream location, the islands of Hawaii deliver with picture-perfect backdrops, a sensuous balmy climate, and a friendly stable of wedding professionals.Vows are recited barefoot on a beach or in a wedding chapel with windows open to fragrant island breezes. Hawaii is equally luxurious for honeymoons—newlyweds spend days relaxing, exploring, and enjoying the dawn of a new life together. Fully-equipped resorts and hotels make it easy to plan a secluded elopement, an over-the-top wedding blowout, or a picture-perfect honeymoon visit. Tough the beauty of Hawaii is everywhere, each island offers a lifetime of unique experiences.Alive with active volcanoes, the Island of Hawaii (the Big Island) offers sightseers a geological feast for the eyes. Fresh lava flows from the vents of Kilauea—the world’s most active volcano—and sizzles into the sea.Te green jungle of Maui is perfect for a drive or an invigorating hike to the Seven Sacred Pools. And days of exploration can be spent kayaking along a lazy Kauai river lined with lush floating leaves. A wedding on one island is also a perfect prelude to a honeymoon on another, as each isle has earned a unique reputation for romance.<br /> <br /> THINK BIG ON THE BIG ISLAND <br /> <br /> Te Big Island is the perfect place to plan a honeymoon or a luxurious destination wedding, with countless experiences for friends, family, and the bride and groom. At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visitors get a glimpse into geothermal activity like nowhere else in the world. Streams of lava ffow from the constantly erupting volcanoes and create new black sand beaches—a delightful wonder of Hawaii. Couples can enjoy the show by air, land, or sea.<br /> <br /> Te Big Island’s lovescape traverses more than a dozen climate zones.Get soaked to the skin by a warm downpour in Hilo while running along the path to Rainbow Falls. Or peer into the heavens atop the towering 14,000-foot summit of Mauna Kea. Couples can trek deep into verdant Waipio Valley, where a private paradise can be found. In seaside Kailua Village, stroll among historic landmarks by day and then dance the night away at a local hot spot after dark.<br /> <br /> JUST MAUI-ED!<br /> <br /> Called the heart chakra of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is a place where the heart opens and romance reigns. Te location is favored by thousands of couples for tying the knot or reaflrming their vows and there are more than 100 wedding planners ready to celebrate love.<br /> <br /> With views of nearby islands, Maui boasts storybook scenery that’s perfect for wedding albums. If the timing is right—November through April—a seaside ceremony could be visited by breaching humpback whales. Maui is also where post-wedding adventures await. Wake up early and catch the ffirst rays of dawn as they appear beyond Haleakala; the dormant volcano’s name translates to “house of the sun.” When ready to come “down to earth,” hop on bicycles and cruise back down to sea level with a mid-morning ride. Descend in a helicopter to a remote waterfall, or charter a yacht and sail into the Pacific, island hopping from one pristine beach to another.<br /> <br /> KAUAI IS CUPID’S PLAYGROUND <br /> <br /> Hollywood has proven Kauai is tailor-made for romance. Te Garden Isle was where Elvis got married in Blue Hawaii and Mitzi Gaynor couldn’t wash her leading man out of her hair during South Paci..c.<br /> <br /> A natural amphitheater dripping with ferns, Kauai’s Fern Grotto is one of Hawaii’s most romantic and luxurious wedding destinations.Wedding parties arrive via the Wailua River, a silky-smooth Waterway favored by Hawaiian royalty and ffilmmakers. A short stroll through a jungle garden leads to the grotto, where a trio sings a Hawaiian wedding song, their voices wafting through the thicket of bamboo and gingers.<br /> <br /> Honeymooners ffind plenty to explore with emerald valleys, jagged spires perfect for climbing, and devastatingly beautiful vistas. Trillseekers can take in the views from one of the island’s ziplines, or snorkel through crystal-clear Hanalei Bay. And for those who need to relax, Kauai’s romantic resorts provide an ultimately luxurious getaway.<br /> <br /> Still can’t choose your favorite? Starwood Hotels and Resorts can help you decide—or usher your visit to several islands in one trip.Known for gracious hospitality, Starwood is home to eleven distinctly difierent resorts in settings perfect for celebrating love and new beginnings.So whether your dream wedding includes a secluded beach with a cabana or an elegant ballroom adorned with your favorite floral, Starwood’s professional wedding planners and stafi can make such dreams a reality. Wherever you go, Hawaii promises romance, adventure, and unforgettable experiences. Get out the camera and remember the moment happily ever after.

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