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Papa Kona Events

Kailua Kona, HI View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
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120 reviews
$15k - $18k For 80 Guests
Up to 80 guests


2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$15k - $18k For 80 Guests
Up to 80 guests

Papa Kona Events and Catering is an oceanfront wedding venue in beautiful Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i, with 180 degree views of the bay, gorgeous sunsets and cool ocean breezes. Here you can have your dream wedding by the sea, while our staff take care of you every step of the way. We would also love to have you for your rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch!

Facilities and Capacity
Our second floor wraparound lanai and bar is exclusively yours for the duration of your event. Up to 80 guests can be seated for dinner, and up to 200 standing for a cocktail-party. For larger parties, you have the option of renting our first floor for additional dinner seating. We have a variety of wedding packages and with a 1 AM music curfew, you can keep the celebration going late into the night!

Services Offered

  • Access to an event coordinator
  • Setup and cleanup
  • Servers and bartender
  • Chairs, tables
  • White linens, white china, glassware and flatware
  • Oceanfront ceremony site at no additional charge
  • Ceremony amplification and music sound system


Our team of chefs will create a plated or buffet menu that you and your guests will never forget! We proudly serve locally ranched beef, fresh catch and produce from Hawai鈥檌 farms. From our casual Ohana Taco Bar to our Hawaiian Luau Feast to our formal Signature Buffet, we have something for every taste. We also create wedding cakes and desserts in our in-house bakery.

Papa Kona Events and Catering is on Waterfront Row in historical downtown Kailua-Kona, close to the airport, hotels and vacation rentals.

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    Callie S. Married on 05/28/2022
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    I cannot recommend them any more

    I can鈥檛 say enough good things about Papa Kona, and their entire staff. We are from Texas, and they made planning our destination wedding an absolute breeze. From the planning to the rehearsal to the ceremony to the reception, everything was beyond my wildest dreams. They thought of everything we didn鈥檛, and we鈥檙e always one step ahead of my questions.
    Don鈥檛 even get me started on the food and cake. Just WOW. My husband had a dream of having roasted pig, and they took it in stride and did not disappoint. They worked with us to personalize the whole dinner menu and cake, and everything was absolutely delicious. I am still getting compliments from my guests months later.
    Whether you鈥檙e from the Hawaiian islands or from somewhere else planning a destination wedding, I cannot recommend anything more than Papa Kona. I鈥檒l forever be so grateful for how they treated us, and how easy they made the entire wedding process.
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    Alexis A. Married on 05/14/2022
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    A Dream Wedding Experience for a low maintenance couple

    I have literally nothing negative to say about my experience getting married with Papa Kona Events. I can't even remember how we found the venue, but when we did find it it ticked off all our wedding boxes, it almost seemed too good to be true. Alycia, our initial contact was kind, and incredibly informative throughout the covid crisis, which we couldn't believe was still a crisis but it was. Alycia really took the time to understand what we were looking for and was constantly reassuring that we could have everything on our wishlist (and baby, we got it.) The big thing for me as a bride was, I just want the best vendors to do what they do best. I didn't want to make any decisions other than the food (Thank you Korie for taking us through that and thank you for letting me change in your office) (Absolutely do the taco bar, it's exceptional). ALL OF my vendors were incredible women owned businesses (except for the DJ but Glenn you're the real hero), and I basically gave them full agency to do what they do best and they did not disappoint! It was truly a wedding surrounded by support, and for a bride who never dreamt about her wedding day...I can honestly say it was the best day of my life, of our life, and we couldn't have done it without our amazing team. I also just want to give a special special shout out to our end event manager and day of coordinator and bridal attendant Teira Ila, who is a STAR! She absolutely rocked it the night of our wedding. There was a pipe burst (what are the odds) the night of our wedding and my guests had no idea until we left. She is a problem solver to the max and an incredibly attentive day of person. She also radiates this light and love you can't find in stores. She's really special. Anywho, you'd be a fool not to get married here. It's worth every penny. We can't wait to come back.
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    Libby K. Married on 04/30/2022
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    Our wedding was perfect!

    We had the most amazing wedding at papa Kona! I couldn鈥檛 have imagined our day being more perfect. Our wedding coordinators were very helpful and kind. The food was some of the best food we had while our entire stay on the island. The poke espe...
    cially was amazing as was the chicken. Really all the food was memorable from the pupus to the cake. The setting was lovely and intimate. Highly recommend.
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Julia Pittman
Julia Pittman
General Manager

Julia has been in the event planning industry since 2009, starting with high-end weddings at a 15-acre venue in California鈥檚 wine country. She moved to the big island for love, following her long-distance relationship from California to Hawai鈥檌, as a hopeless romantic. Soon after, she joined Papa Kona Events and fell in love with the venue and team. Everything worked out according to plan (not surprising for an Event Planner!) and she and her husband Derek had their wedding at Papa Kona, formerly named Daylight Mind, in 2017. (Check out our Instagram page for some photos of their wedding!)

Her favorite thing about leading PKE is being even a tiny part of someone鈥檚 happy memories from an event. Whether our guests envision a completely unique event or would like us to just do what we do best, we are the luckiest people in the world to do this fun, meaningful work.

Something you may not know about her is that on their days off, she and her husband often go spear fishing off of the Kona Coast.

Korie  Nazara
Korie Nazara
Event Manager

Korie grew up here on the Big Island, in Kealakekua. She has a passion for working with others to create unforgettable experiences for our clients. She loves to provide genuine, caring customer service filled with Aloha, as it reflects who she is, and the beauty of the Hawaiian culture and its people.

Her favorite thing about working at Papa Kona is the tight knit 鈥榦hana that we have, where everyone is committed to making each event successful. She also enjoys making connections with people from across the world and being able to share Hawaii and its traditions with others.

Something someone might now know about Korie is that she started competitive outrigger canoe paddling at the age of ten, and at 21, competed in the world renowned 鈥淣a Wahine O Ke Kai,鈥 a 41-mile-long distance canoe race in 2008 with a nine woman crew.

Alycia Evilsizer
Alycia Evilsizer
Event Manager

Alycia is originally from Texas and got her start on the Big Island at the Four Seasons, Hualalai, and has made a huge impression on our couples at Papa Kona. She loves creating the special moments that couples will cherish for a lifetime. She is passionate about the details and working with the couple to create the wedding they have been dreaming of, and making it even better for them.

She loves our amazing team and that we are all very passionate about creating a great experience for our couples.

Something you may not know about Alycia is that she also got married at Papa Kona, formerly Daylight Mind, in November 2018!

Professional Network & Endorsements

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Isle Love Weddings & Events Isle Love Weddings & Events Wedding Planners

Julia and the whole team at Daylight Mind are an absolute dream to work with, not only is the staff top notch, but the food is delicious, and the view is to die for. Daylight Mind is innovative in their creative menu design and works with each couple and their planner to ensure that the whole venue/catering experience is enjoyable and stress-free. If you are looking for an oceanfront venue with spectacular year-round sunsets, look no further than Daylight Mind.

Karen Loudon Photography Karen Loudon Photography Wedding Photographers

I've photographed several wedding receptions at Daylight Mind and I think it's a hidden gem! The spacious waterfront lanai is so close to the ocean, you feel like you're on top the water! The view from the top lanai is breathtaking, and then there's the ocean breeze and the sound of waves crashing.. it all makes for a relaxing, upscale yet laid back experience! Julia is professional, friendly, and very easy to work with, and let's not forget the food......which is amazing, it's one of my favorite restaurants! If you're looking for a unique wedding reception venue in downtown Kailua-Kona, I highly recommend Daylight Mind!

Jots of Thoughts Weddings & Events Inc. Jots of Thoughts Weddings & Events Inc. Wedding Planners

Daylight Mind is a favorite venue of ours for so many reasons! First off, how can you beat that oceanfront setting and amazing sunset - all from your own private lanai for you to enjoy with your closest friends and family! As an outside planner who loves to get creative and focus on design elements to make your day unique and special, Daylight Mind allows me the freedom to think outside the box and provides an amazing, energetic team to create a fabulous event for our couples. Throughout the planning process, Julia is quick to respond to questions, assist with menus and the day of the event she is always on the front line and behind the scenes making sure everything is going smooth! She and her team are always so accommodating and supportive - it is a pleasure to work there!


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