Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve is a 4,000 acre wedding venue location on Oahu, Hawaii, about 22 miles outside of Waikiki, on the eastern shores of the island. Kualoa Ranch offers several spectacular ceremony and reception locations within its property. Managed and owned by eight generations of the Judd-Morgan family, who are committed to preserving the culture and natural beauty of the land, it is a beautiful and unique venue for weddings. If Kualoa looks familiar in pictures, it is probably because it has had over 170+ Hollywood Movies and TV shows filmed since Elvis came back in the 1950's! The ranch has also been featured in other blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, LOST, Kong:Skull Island, 50 First Dates, Hawaii Five-0 and more.
Facilities and Capacity
With many indoor and outdoor options to choose from, Kualoa can fit a range of 2-250 guests. The Secret Island Beach is an intimate and secluded beachfront area, with amazing waterfront views of Mokoli‘i Island, the surrounding Ko’olau Mountain range and Kaneohe Bay. It is great for private VIP parties and even celebrities have held events at Secret Island ... including Niki Minaj, Nicole Scherzinger, the Kardashians and Janet Jackson.
The quaint, rustic Ranch House Terrace overlooks the ocean and can fit 250 guests under the enclosed pavilion and on the lawn space combined.
Located at the base of the Kanehoalani Mountain peak, the amazing tropical Paliku Gardens can accommodate up to 150 guests in the open-aired pavilion and 250 guest on the lush lawn area. Paliku has been the site of a few celebrity events including Michelle Obama and the Dalai Lama.
Lastly, the Moli’i Gardens is a two-tiered garden venue right on the edge of the beautiful 800-year-old Hawaiian fishpond. It can fit up to 100 guests under the pavilion and 250 in the garden area. It has a spectacular staircase that descends down to a cottage (from the Hollywood movie You, Me and Dupree) for an extra special ceremony spot.
There are also several more open air areas (Low Camp and Jumanji), that have served as secluded celebrity wedding venues, and even hosted Hawai'i's Diner en Blanc event with 5000 people in 2017.
Kualoa Ranch & Private Nature Reserve allows you to design your own wedding celebration and use your own catering, bartenders, florists, etc. Kualoa is just being the amazing back drop for your special day. We do have a list of potential vendors that have worked with Kualoa over the years, and their information is available if you need their services. We do require a licensed wedding coordinator at each event, and we can send a full list of approved coordinators upon your request.
In addition to the above services, the venue also offers to host other wedding-related events. These other events include:
109 Reviews for Kualoa Ranch
Recommended by 92% of couples
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Melanie D. · Married on 07/03/2020
Best Venue on Oahu
Truly, this is the best and most affordable venue on the island of Oahu. Other venues charge $10-15k knowing most people are having a destination wedding, but it's really not necessary to pay that much to have a dream-worthy wedding. I currently live on Oahu, and because of COVID we decided to have a small ceremony with no guests that will be followed in a year or two by a bigger ceremony/reception with friends and family. I did not want to get married at a resort hotel, and we wanted a private venue where beachgoers would not be in the background of our photos; we also wanted to give our (future) guests a "wow" experience since they'll be flying so far to celebrate with us.Sent on 07/10/2020
So many of us start with Google images and Instagram, but Instagram just doesn't show it all. Kualoa Ranch was the only site that was impressive from start to finish. There are many different sites to choose from, but we liked Paliku Gardens because it gave us spectacular ocean and mountain views and many different areas for our guests to enjoy those views. And it's AFFORDABLE!!! The cherry on top was working with Leila, the Wedding Sales Manager, who was so incredibly easy to work with and very flexible based on what we needed. Huge props to her for being responsive and upbeat even though she's taken on much more work during coronavirus.
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Colby · Getting married on 06/25/2021
An Absolute Dream
Leila freaking rocked our wedding tour guide. My fiance and I were instantly attracted to this venue, but for two very different reasons. I was obsessed because of the location (it's a total dream), with the gorgeous scenery of the mountains and the ocean. Let me tell you... that does not happen in Florida! My fiance loved it because he is a total movie freak and I can not express how many movies have been filmed here! Leila showed him many different filming sites which made him a very happy man. Anyways, pictures do not do this place justice. I immediately reserved my date and venue (Paliku Garden) because I wanted it secured! My wedding is not for two more years, but I am so happy that I booked it when I did. The venues that Kualoa has tends to fill up very quickly. I decided to do Paliku Gardens for both my ceremony and reception. Although I contemplated doing the Secret Island for my ceremony since I have always dreamed of a beach wedding, I decided that it would be more relaxed having the ceremony and reception in one place which saved me money. However, I am doing an add on package for a few days before my wedding (after my wedding rehearsal) and paying for everyone to spend the day on the secret island (so we still get the cute boat ride of the fish pond-- whoop whoop!). If you book your wedding with them, this add-on is a lot cheaper and I think a wonderful way to thank your guest for traveling all this way for a wedding. I can not wait to experience my wedding here in two years. I am counting down the days!!!Sent on 08/02/2019
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Yvonne L. · Married on 05/29/2021
Best place to get married or do anything period.
If you are looking for an outdoor, open-air wedding with GORGEOUS views of mountains, or ocean, or both, then look no further than Kualoa Ranch. They offer multiple venue options, and most of them come with "packages" that include tables, chairs, bathrooms, kitchen access, etc depending on which venue you select. Leila (the main wedding coordinator for Kualoa) and her entire team at Kualoa Ranch are a blessing from the wedding heavens. They are professional, responsive, and super helpful from day one. We were a COVID couple, so we had to struggle with multiple rescheduling attempts and changes to plans, but Kualoa was super accommodating and understanding throughout the whole process. We personally chose Low Camp, which is a completely remote location (meaning no electricity or bathrooms, just a cute little water hose for water access) located in the most beautiful Ka'awa valley (literally where Jurassic park and various other films were shot). This gave us the freedom to completely design the wedding ourselves (with the help of a wedding planner of course). Requirements may have changed since COVID happened, but I believe all the venues you are permitted to bring in your own preferred vendors (food, alcohol, rentals, etc), and Leila provides a very nice list for you to choose from if you don't have any ideas of your own. Popular dates and weekends book up quickly, so I would recommend reserving a date for your venue at least 1 year in advance (especially for the popular sites like Paliku gardens, Secret island, etc). I don't know what else to say except if you are even thinking about having any kind of outdoor wedding, schedule a visit with Kualoa Ranch, you will not regret it!Sent on 06/03/2021
Kualoa Ranch's reply:Aloha Yvonne and Makana,
I have preformed dozens of ceremonies at various Kualoa venue sites during my 5 years as a professional licensed wedding officiant... The special functions staff and wedding sales team at Kualoa are very friendly, accommodating and supportive of their venders. I am happy to preform ceremonies there...
Kualoa Ranch is a breathtaking venue with many locations to choose from. Whether its the mountains or the ocean that steals your heart, each locale provides a stunning backdrop for your event!