Weddings

Papa Kona Events

Kailua Kona, HI View map Visit website
2021 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 5.0 out of 5
   109 reviews
$13k - $17k For 80 Guests
Up to 80 guests

About

2021 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$13k - $17k 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

Cuisine

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’i 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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$3000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$10

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Open Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

80

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

2

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Beach
Restaurant
Rooftop
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February

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    Gabriela B. Married on 09/20/2021
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    The BEST day.

    Papa Kona Events and Catering was the perfect place to have our wedding. They went above and beyond in so many aspects. Throughout the entire process Alycia and Teira did an amazing job making sure we had all the information we needed to make the best choices for our day especially while planning remotely! While we were in Kona, Teira prepared everything so we didn’t have to worry about a thing on our big day. During the night the entire bar staff was phenomenal. We couldn’t think of a bad thing to say about the staff and the venue. They exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking to get married!
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    Leah S. Married on 09/11/2021
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    Pre Wedding Welcome Drinks Venue

    We chose Papa Kona as a pre-wedding welcome drinks event the Thursday before our Saturday wedding at a different venue in the area. The venue views cannot be beat, you're right on the water overlooking town! We reserved the whole upstairs for our event, it rained and our coordinator Teira made sure all the tables stayed dry and covered. She was a big help with set up, they provide tables/chairs/utensils and we brought our own flowers and candles which she laid out in a beautiful way - i was impressed! We were there during a rise in COVID so Teira had a call with me days in advance to review their rules and graciously made sure our guests kept in order with COVID policies. For our menu we did a dessert bar and open consumption bar, we asked that our guests have dinner beforehand, the event was 7pm-11pm. The amount of food was perfect for our guests. I did feel slightly pressured by the Papa Kona Corporate team who tried to up sell me and said i needed to provide more food to our guests, but the amount we had was perfect, no food went to waste, and everyone said how delicious and unique the desserts were. Overall i hightly recommend for welcome drinks or for a small private wedding right on the water.
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    Lisa M. Married on 07/12/2021
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    Our Dream wedding!

    First, I would like to say I had been planning my wedding for 2 years now! Covid made us postpone last year since we couldn’t get into Hawaii! Postponing was super easy and fast forward to this summer! Kori is absolutely amazing!!! My husband and I loved her to death! She made my whole day go as smooth as possible! I hands down think Kori went above and beyond. I will say it was somewhat hard planning a wedding during covid with the different rules. But Kori made sure it all ran great! The food was to die for along with the views. The cake was the best cake we have ever had. We definitely recommend the raspberry guava cake! Papa Kona exceeded our expectations 100%! I would recommend them everyday for the rest of our life!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Tyson & Rebecca
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  • Julia & Derek
    11 photos · 08/12/2017

Team

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’s wine country. She moved to the big island for love, following her long-distance relationship from California to Hawai’i, 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’s 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 ‘ohana 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 “Na Wahine O Ke Kai,” 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

4 Endorsements
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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75- 5770 Ali'i Drive Kailua Kona, HI, 96740
8083397824
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