Use Permit to use a Oahu Beach for your Wedding or Vow Renewal
🌊Some but not all Oahu beaches require a beach use permit from the state of Hawaii to have a wedding at those beaches with a $5,000 fine for having an event without a use permit. I charge an additional fee of $50 for ceremonies on beaches and parks that require a use permit and I will obtain the use permit for your ceremony.
How to apply for the state of Hawaii Use Permit Yourself
1. The State requires a Public Liability Policy.
The insurance industry typically describes this type of policy as “special event” or “private event insurance”.
A Google-search for “special event insurance” or “private event insurance” or “wedding insurance” will yield a number of companies that offer policies for one or two day events. Currently, these policies can be obtained starting at about $75 total for the $1,000,000 of liability coverage required by the State of Hawaii’s Wiki Permits. When purchasing a special event or private event insurance policy, please take care to (1) check the box to add the venue as an additional insured; and (2) when describing the location, please state, “State of Hawaii, [name of site].” You may be requested to provide an address – however, beaches and shoreline areas typically do not have an address. We recommend that you do not put “Hawaii” into your search for insurance; the major companies offering event insurance are national companies not based in Hawaii. You can receive a quote on a policy at these following services:
2. For the permit you will apply through the State of Hawaii Wiki Permit process where you submit a copy of the $1M Liability Insurance, the application for the use permit and a $20-$35 fee for the use permit depending on how many people will be attending your event.
Information on applying for the use permit to have your wedding Oahu beach is featured at
🌳Oahu Botanical Gardens🌴
There are beautiful botanical gardens around the island of of Oahu filled with lush assortments of tropical plants, trees, and flowers which make a spectacular backdrop for weddings and vow renewals. There is a usage fee on some and some are free to use, you need to apply at the garden for a usage permit in advance. No additional event insurance is required to have your wedding at these Botanical Gardens.
Wahiawa Botanical Garden (Wahiawa) FREE
Foster Botanical Garden (Downtown Honolulu) FEE APPLIES
Lili’uokalani Botanical Gardens (Downtown Honolulu) Has a waterfall. Apply for permit at Foster Botanical Garden. FREE
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden (Kaneohe) Has a fresh water lake. FREE
Lyon Arboretum (Manoa) Has garden options for ceremonies as well as offers indoor facility rentals for ceremonies or receptions. FEE APPLIES
Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gardens (Kaneohe) FEE APPLIES