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 110 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!
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.
Papa Kona Events and Catering is on Waterfront Row in historical downtown Kailua-Kona, close to the airport, hotels and vacation rentals.
101 Reviews for Papa Kona Events
Recommended by 99% of couples
170 User photos
Briona P. · Married on 04/09/2021
You won't regret getting married here
I can't say enough good things about the staff and our experience at Papa Kona (Daylight Mind at the time we got married). Julia was an absolute dream to work with and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue coordinator. We were fortunate enough to meet her for a tasting before our wedding. The food was amazing, and after seeing the location (and visiting about 5 more times that trip) we knew that this venue was the one for us. Julia was the most attentive, organized, thoughtful, helpful, and insightful coordinator. She was always easily available for questions or recommendations. Daylight Mind made our day everything we could have imagined it to be. Everything the day of was seamless and we didn’t have to worry about a thing at the venue. Our guest couldn’t compliment the food, the view, the service, Julia, or the sunset more. I couldn’t recommend Papa Kona (Daylight Mind) enough. They are so accommodating and will make sure you have the most special day. We can’t wait until the next time we can come back to visit.Sent on 10/31/2019
Rey J. · Married on 02/10/2021
Picture perfect venue with a professional planner and posse!
When we first started googling wedding venues in Kona, all we saw were the hotels in the area. We are so grateful that our officiant shared a list of venues that included Papa Kona (formerly Daylight Mind Coffee Company). The 5 star rating does not do this place justice. From our first contact with Alycia until our last song played, we experienced extreme professionalism and the Aloha spirit from everyone involved. Alycia was super attentive, flexible, and was diligent in ensuring our itinerary stayed on track. The set up was superb, the food was truly fantastic, and the bartenders did their best to keep the party going. If you are looking for a venue that offers a breath taking view for your wedding and want to hear your guests say, “this is the best wedding I’ve been to”, then I would highly recommend Papa Kona Events!Sent on 01/29/2020
Carina O. · Married on 07/02/2020
An incredible experience!
Our wedding at Papa Kona was the best, most fun day of our lives! This place is a gem with an attractive space that has the most breathtaking sunset views. It was exactly the vibe we wanted with our 100 guests. We felt connected to every person and enjoyed the dynamic layout. Everyone loved the food and cake. (Our family has not stopped talking about that buttercream!) We danced and partied the night away and the staff could not have been more awesome and accommodating! Planning a wedding is no small feat at a distance, but once we found Papa Kona everything seemed to be a breeze. The vendor list they provided was excellent and they have inclusive yet customizable wedding packages; Alycia will do her best to accommodate your special requests. We are so thankful to have worked with Alycia throughout this entire process. She is a rockstar at wedding planner and made sure the day went smoothly so we could just have fun and enjoy our wedding together. Thank you Papa Kona and Alycia for doing what y'all do! 11 out of 10, I recommend!Sent on 03/25/2020
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Team of Papa Kona Events
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 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 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!
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.
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!
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!