Papa Kona Events

75- 5770 Ali'i Drive, Kailua Kona, HI 96740 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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5.0 out of 5.0
For 80 Guests $10k - $15k
Guest capacity 2 to 80
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About Papa Kona Events

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!

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.

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100 Reviews for Papa Kona Events

Recommended by 99% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.9

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  • Rey

    Rey Joseph Buzon · Getting married on 02/10/2021

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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

    Carina Orozco · Married on 07/02/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
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    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

Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
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Papa Kona Events Pricing

Guests

Here's what couples with similar selections spent on this venue:

$10,388 - $15,443
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This venue offers the below options which may impact pricing:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Set Up
  • Wifi
  • Buffet
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Dessert
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Outside Cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Barware

Papa Kona Events FAQ

  • 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

2 Real Weddings

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

  • Papa Kona Events 1
    Intimate Wedding Special!

    Planning an intimate wedding, elopement, vow renewal, or microwedding? We have the perfect package for your celebration!

    * Book your wedding date with Papa Kona before October 31, 2020 for any available 2020 or 2021 date between October 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021 to receive special package price.

    Intimate Wedding Package - $2500

    4 Hour Time Block (4:00-8:00), For 20 guests or fewer

    Includes:

    • Waterfront ceremony on Oneo Bay
    • Ceremony chairs for parties of 20 or less
    • Rehearsal with wedding coordinator Meet with your wedding coordinator and walk through the ceremony
    • Ceremony sound system Includes technician and wireless lapel microphone
    • Reception with an ocean view
    • The entire second floor of our Kailua-Kona Waterfront Row location as your private event space
    • Venue coordination Unlimited access to a Venue Coordinator for advice, recommended vendors, and venue coordination. Our coordinators will oversee set up and guide you through your entire event party rentals and service
    • Our staff will set rectangular tables that seat 8-12 guests, optional sweetheart table, white padded wood chairs, white linens, white napkins, glassware, flatware and white china
    • Reception sound system DIY Sound System with bluetooth and direct audio input, wireless microphone, DJ upgrade available
    • Recommended vendor list The best vendors on the big island for ceremony arches, celebrants, florists, photographers and entertainment
    • Wedding planning guide Our month-by-month checklist to make wedding planning easy

    Ask us for more information and we look forward to helping you plan your dream wedding in Hawaii!

    * Discount does NOT apply to catering but DOES apply to the wedding package fee which includes the venue, tables, chairs, linens, glassware, flatware, china, audio services for the ceremony and reception, set up and breakdown. Food & Beverage Minimum $1500

    *If guest count increases to 21+ the package will automatically update to the Classic Wedding Package

Team of Papa Kona Events

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.

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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.

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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!

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Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements

  • 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 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. 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!

Map

  • 75- 5770 Ali'i Drive Kailua Kona, HI, 96740 See on map
    8083397824 (Phone number)
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