Recommended by 99%
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Leahi · Getting married on 05/25/2020
WOW. The only word to encompass the venue, the food, and Julia! Our wedding reception was flawless. The decor was perfect, the food was top notch , and Julia even had a plate of appetizers waiting for us when we made our way to the venue after pictures. Every person there commented on how kind the staff was and how amazing eveything looked. She answered every email and question I had for her, even pertaining to things outside the reception. You can’t go wrong with a venue on the water and a coordinator that is up with the best of the best. Thank you Julia and Daylight Mind!Sent on 08/08/2018
Papa Kona Events's reply:Aloha Leahi,
Kevin · Getting married on 03/07/2020
Phenomenal Venue and Service
Having Julia there to help us plan our wedding from 2,500+ miles away (we're from Los Angeles) was by far the biggest benefit in the entire process. Honestly, we wouldn't have had it any other way! Everything from the flower arrangements to photographers/videographers to finding the perfect desserts, she knew it all.Sent on 05/31/2019
Two major hurdles, as I'm sure this is the case for any couple planning a destination wedding, are budget AND trusting that everything you choose will be up to par (since you can't taste the food, walk around the venue, etc. beforehand). It is safe to say that Daylight Mind provides great value for what they offer, and the food, service, and overall experience were top notch.
I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND starting the conversation with Julia to see how they can help you plan your dream destination wedding. She'll help you to take the stress out of planning and does a really good job of ensuring that you are in the moment throughout the day :)
Nikki · Married on 10/05/2019
Was this a dream?
Holy Moly....Never did I imagine such a beautiful evening. It was absolutely perfect. The weather held out, which was great considering it was October. The food, as always here, was superb. People are STILL talking about my cake. I opted for coconut cake with lilikoi mousse filling and a coconut frosting. Man alive, was it delicious. Corey did an AMAZING job with the flowers on my cake. Literally my dream cake. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. We opted for a full open bar and it was very reasonable for the amount of people we had. The location is amazing. We walked from our hotel in Kailua. It's right on the water with a perfect view of everything in Kailua and, of course, the sunset.Sent on 10/10/2019
Alycia was an absolute dream to work with. Very easy to correspond with, got back to me quickly and eased my nerves when I started to worry about rain. She even DISCREETLY handled an unruly guest that had too much to drink and took care of it without causing a scene, so it didn't ruin our evening.
That was the icing on the cake (so to speak) for me.
We opted to have a fire dancer at the end of the evening. A nice touch that everyone enjoyed and totally reasonable as far as price. One other thing we did outside their standard package was get monstera leaves for the table. It didn't need it, as their simple table decor was wonderful, but I happen to be obsessed with them, so that's why. Otherwise, simple is better and they do a phenomenal job.
I really couldn't imagine this day turning out better. If I could get married again, there is nowhere else I would do it. Daylight was perfect to the last detail.
Natalie Paige Barnard · Married on 09/13/2019
Flawless - Daylightmind Exceeded Our High Expectations!
Our wedding coordinator, Alycia, and all the staff at Daylight Mind Events helped our wedding day the most enjoyable and heartfelt experience. With their assistance and vendor recommendations, destination wedding planning was effortless and our big day was absolutely beautiful. We are so pleased with how everything turned out. The venue views were stunning, the food was delicious, and the staff graciously welcomed every member of our party. Outside of the heatwave, the day was flawless.Sent on 09/29/2019
Elizabeth · Married on 08/04/2019
Amazing and stress free
We just got married on August 4th, 2019 at daylight mind. From the beginning everything was amazing. We started off planning with Julia and she was so great and accommodating. We ended up working with Alycia as our coordinator and I can not express my appreciation for her. She went above and beyond for us. I had never been to the venue before and she was so patient with my daily text, calls and emails. When I’m saying I talked to her daily, I did. She was so welcoming and made our day so special. At one point I needed to switch into sandals but forgot mine and Alycia went and bought me a pair!!! I was sooo blown away with her. She was so much fun and so caring. The food at the venue was sooo fantastic, everyone has been raving about it. I was nervous for the food because we didn’t get a chance to try it but it exceeded our expectations. I even got to meet the chef, he came out to check on the food!! They care sooo much and it genuinely shows. Thank you so much to everyone that made our night so amazing!! Book your wedding here, it’s so stressfree and amazing.Sent on 08/11/2019
Candace · Married on 08/03/2019
We used Daylight Mind to cater our wedding at a different venue, and also hosted our farewell brunch onsite. Their customer service is AMAZING. In fact, they went above in beyond by assisting me with some issues that arose during our planning process. People have raved about how amazing the food was, and the girls from DM who were bartending/serving food were so sweet. We have cravings for their delicious poke everyday! Highly recommend!Sent on 08/11/2019
Tiziana Daclan · Married on 07/12/2019
Best Reception Place!
I can't thank Julie and the Daylight Mind Events Team enough for making our reception dreams come true! It is different from the regular boxy reception halls that you always see and attend to. This one has the million dollar ocean view, picture-perfect scenes, tasty foods, and awesome staffs. Perfect place to have fun and dance the night away. Everybody loved the place!Sent on 08/03/2019
Sarah · Married on 06/15/2019
The perfect view.
Julia and her crew are amazing. I planned my wedding from 2,600 miles away and I don't know if I could've did that if I didn't use them. Our guest (and ourselves!) loved the food, loved the cake, and the drinks. The venue has such a breathtaking view and Julia is so easy to work with. If you want to get married in Hawaii, I highly highly HIGHLY recommend getting married there. You will not regret it.Sent on 08/25/2019
Connie Shi · Married on 06/10/2019
Double rainbow perfect wedding!
Highly recommend Daylight Mind for intimate gathering, gorgeous views, delicious food and professional staff. Evaluated other venue locations on the island (Westin, Hilton, etc) but chose this place, soooooo happy with my choice!Sent on 10/14/2019
From our first contact in Jan till my wedding day in Oct, Michelle and Alycia have been unfailingly professional, considerate and accommodating. I'm based in NYC and planning a remote wedding could have been a complete disaster, however, DayLight Mind provided plenty of photos, helpful suggestions and a comprehensive guide to planning a memorable and low stress wedding.
After I completed their questionnaire, Michelle and Alycia carefully studied my answers and kindly made suggestions based on their expertise and intimate knowledge of the venue location (e.g. using mics during the ceremony because the surf can be noisy and moving the ceremony time early in order to buffer time for sunset photos) that helped improve our big day.
Alycia was completely unfazed by my many last minute updates and questions and personally ensured accommodations for all of our guests' various dietary restrictions.
During the big day, Alycia calmly helped make last minute name cards. expertly assisted our parents and groom with their flower pins and help guide a shy flower girl who missed rehearsal. She also expertly showed our out of town photographer many scenic locations around the venue.
Our guests could not stop raving about the beautiful location and IG-made sunset. Even our picky foodie friends (and grumpy Asian dads) complimented the food and service.
My sincerely and heartfelt thank you to Alycia, Michelle and the entire crew for their all of their hardwork making my wedding day a fantastic and unforgettable day!
Kyle · Married on 05/11/2019
Nothing short of perfect
Daylight Mind was the absolutely perfect venue for a beautiful wedding. It was the first venue we found for our wedding day, and it exceeded even our highest expectations. Julia was fantastic to work with, and we were well taken care of throughout the evening. The price point was a steal, and we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day. We highly, highly recommend Daylight Mind to anyone looking for a beautiful Hawaii wedding.Sent on 08/16/2019
Larissa · Married on 04/20/2019
Julia was so helpful and was just the absolute best! Both myself and my husband weren't picky and pretty hands off with the whole process and Julia was pro-active and reminded us and guided us through the process and that was so helpful! She made everything run so smoothly and saved us the appetizers while we took pictures! The food at Daylight Mind was amazing - everyone liked it. For appetizers we did - Ahi poke shooters, avocado fries, and kalua pork sliders and they were so good! For Dinner we did strawberry spinach salad, mac salad, rice, roasted veggies, kalua pork, braised short ribs, and furikake crusted fish. All were great. We also got them to do the coffee wedding favors which were a hit. Also, Julia and her staff were able to do table decorations that looked great so we didn't have to get a florist or do it ourselves. Everything went smoothly and the area they have for the reception was so great, right next to the ocean, it was very picturesque. For anyone looking to get married in Kona, this is your place!Sent on 07/14/2019
Julie Schadewald · Married on 04/18/2019
Beautiful 💗 Memorable
We were so fortunate to have found Daylight Mind in Kona Hawaii for our destination wedding. Julia Pittman and her staff are caring, courteous, and professional. They went above and beyond to make our wedding day beautiful, special and stress free. The services received and venue is a excellent value. Daylight Mind in Kona is perfect location off of Kailua Bay offering spectacular sunset views.Sent on 06/27/2019
Kelly · Married on 04/08/2019
Perfect Kona Wedding!
Everyone at Daylight Mind, and especially Julia, made our day absolutely perfect! Planning a destination wedding can be very stressful AND I am very detail oriented, so I probably sent Julia and her team over 100 emails leading up to the event. Even though they have so many weddings and probably just as many stressed out brides, they answered every one of my emails within 24 hours and most were answered immediately. Julia also set up phone calls with me to go over the day of timeline.Sent on 05/07/2019
Once we arrived for the rehearsal I realized I had nothing to worry about; Julia and team had everything completely under control. Julia gave very good recommendations and instructions. Her patience and unflappability are second to none. No question I asked was too small, and she was an absolute pleasure to be around.
They truly made our wedding day the best day ever! The lanai is gorgeous as is, but it was truly transformed. The ceremony space looked perfect, everyone was where they were supposed to be, and Julia was such a calming presence while I waited to walk down the aisle.
Once the ceremony was over, she guided us through the reception agenda with ease. The timeline seems very daunting at first, but she made sure we (and everyone else) was where we needed to be and when. She made sure we stayed on track with the timeline, but we never felt rushed. She also took so many pictures throughout the event which I really enjoyed.
I have to mention the food and drinks. They were amazing! We had so many compliments from our guests about how great the food was! And there were so many leftovers we got to take a lot of it with us and enjoyed it throughout our stay in Hawaii afterwards. The cake was gorgeous and tasty as well! Our bartender knocked it out of the park! She was so fun and really added to the evening. We didn’t have a signature drink, but she had some fun tropical ones for us anyway that everyone enjoyed throughout the night. In addition, the bar prices were super reasonable, and their wine selection was very good for the value.
Lastly, we went with the DJ and sound company they recommended (Hawaii Sound and Vision) and they, like everything else, were awesome. I highly recommend going with them. I absolutely loved our DJ!
Daylight Mind was the perfect venue and Julia and the rest of the staff made our day everything we wanted it to be and more.
Sarah · Married on 04/06/2019
Wonderful Venue and Event Coordination
We planned our destination wedding in Kona, Hawaii from our home in Chicago, which was definitely a challenge, but Daylight Mind and their Director of Events, Julia, were absolutely AMAZING!!! From our first meeting with Julia, she was so kind, patient and responsive with all my questions, and gave great advice and ideas. She made the planning process so easy with providing sample timelines and recommending vendors that we needed. We wanted to add on a hula dancing lesson during cocktail hour and a fire dancer at the end of the reception as a surprise for our guests, and she gave great recommendations for both and helped coordinate everything!Sent on 08/25/2019
THE FOOD!!! We chose the Luau Feast Buffet, and it was delicious! Julia made sure that we had a glass of wine at our sweetheart table and made time for us to get food and have time to eat. Our cake was beautifully decorated and so scrumptious! We chose the almond dacquoise with lilikoi filling and a coconut buttercream.
The venue and space was also the perfect size for our guest count of 50. It felt very warm and intimate, but everyone had plenty of space. The spaces between the bar/guest book signing, tables and eating area, and dance floor were sectioned off nicely, but also felt connected so no one ever felt isolated or like you were missing anything during the night. Julia and her team also did a fantastic job with the decor. We did not bring too much with us since we needed to fit it in a suitcase, but it was all arranged nicely and made the space more personalized.
Overall, we had the perfect wedding, and I can't thank Julia and Daylight Mind enough! We definitely have a special place in our heart for Daylight Mind and plan to continue visiting it each time we're in Kona in the future!
Carrie Watt · Married on 03/28/2019
Daylight Mind was the BEST decision we made!
My husband and I got married at Daylight Mind on March 28th, 2019. We had never even been to the Big Island before so we had to do everything sight unseen. Planning a wedding can be especially nerve wracking, but not even being able to see your venue or meet your vendors in person can make it even more so! However, Julia and Michelle were both so responsive in answering all of my questions and helping us to make our perfect day a reality, including recommending our incredible vendors to assist in all of our details and moving parts. We even flew in our favorite live band and that would not have been possible without the recommendation of Hawaii Sound & Vision (if you’re looking, hire them).Sent on 05/08/2019
When we came for the rehearsal, I was so nervous because I wasn’t sure what to expect or exactly how much help we would have the day of. I’m an event planner myself and was worried that I would end up “working” my own wedding since we had so many things going on (we flew in oysters, had an oyster bar, had decorations from different vendors, a band, DJ, and a detailed timeline). The second I met Julia, I knew I was in good hands and was immediately relaxed. She instantly put me at ease, understood my vision for the day, offered to place all my decorations for me prior to the wedding (it looked PERFECT), and calmly and efficiently walked us through the rehearsal.
On the day of the wedding, all I had to do was look at Julia and feel like everything was going to be ok. I knew I could relax and truly enjoy our day without worrying about anything. She is seriously amazing; I can’t even stress this enough. She was even flexible enough to help two of our best friends surprise us by coming to the wedding when we thought they couldn’t attend, by adding seats for them while we were doing our first look. The staff was also incredible and went above and beyond for us throughout our event, even bringing us appetizers down to the beach while we took our sunset photos after the ceremony, attending to anything we needed throughout the night, and helping us pack everything up at the end. On top of the people that work at and represent Daylight, it was stunning on the rooftop and the exact romantic setting that we had hoped for. Daylight Mind was seriously the best decision we made and it gave us the most beautiful and wonderful day of our lives. I only wish we could do it again, lol! If you’re still looking for a venue, stop. Book Daylight. I promise you will not regret it.
Madison · Married on 03/23/2019
Wonderful from start to finish!
As soon as we got engaged, my husband and I knew we wanted a simple, elegant destination wedding. I searched all over the Hawaiian Islands and happened upon Daylight Mind. We initially worked with Julia, who was so helpful and patient while we worked out the details of our date and what exactly we wanted for our wedding. We ended up working with Alycia, who was just as wonderful! She made sure she knew exactly what our vision was for our big day and was patient through all of my indecisiveness and changes in menu and plan.Sent on 04/09/2019
The price of the venue and food, etc is an incredible value for how beautiful the space is and how incredible their food is - our guests are still talking about how much they loved the food and cocktails - what I’d give for another Lilikoi Margarita! The poke and sweet potato au gratin were especially popular among our guests. We even came back twice after the wedding, for lunch and breakfast, which were also amazing. The location is perfect - Daylight Mind has the best view of any restaurant in the downtown Kona area.
We couldn't have ask for a better day or better place to have our wedding - we wish we could do it all over again! Our wedding was everything we had imagined and more - the team at Daylight Mind truly helped bring our vision to life.
Maddie & Connor
Laura · Married on 03/11/2019
THE Best Wedding Venue!
My husband and I were married at Daylight Mind in March 2019. From the very beginning of planning our destination wedding, Julia held our hands, answering any and all questions, emails, and thinking of details I never would have imagined. I booked the venue site unseen because of the incredible pictures and reviews - trust me, it's even more gorgeous than the photos. The event space and deck are literally on the water - the ceremony site is gorgeous and the sunset at the reception was breathtaking. Our guests have not stopped talking about how perfect our wedding was - from the incredible venue, the AMAZING food (get the short ribs!), and super helpful staff and bar tenders. Don't hesitate to make this choice for your special day - we will be reminiscing about it forever! Thank you, Julia, and all the staff at DLM!Sent on 03/31/2019
Cassidy Brown · Married on 03/08/2019
Wedding Went Flawless!
Julia & her team are so amazing. You can confidently put your trust in her to get you everything you want. I feel like I owe her so much more. This venue is also sooo affordable.Sent on 04/30/2019
Lancelot Elarionoff Jr · Married on 03/01/2019
The absolutely must have wedding venue!
By far, the BEST decision we made for our special day, was selecting Daylight Mind as our venue for both ceremony and reception! During the months leading to our wedding day, Julia and Michelle were the most patient and accommodating coordinators we could have hoped for. Since we were having a destination wedding, there was a natural level of anxiety trying to determine the how’s and where’s without stepping foot in and around the venue itself. Communication was key, and these two kept us up to speed, informed, and always made sure our questions were answered quickly, with recommended solutions to any perceived hiccups we envisioned or feared. They handled all our last minute requests flawlessly. We love the fact they provided a recommended vendor list – it saved us so much time and energy in trying to determine who could support an event at Daylight Mind. For us, Hawaii Sound & Vision, Grace Flowers, Beauty Lux Salon, and Rev Libby were so friendly, helpful and went above and beyond. We have to admit, all the 5-star reviews and beautiful social media posts don’t even come close to describing just how AMAZING this venue and staff truly are – YOU MADE OUR DAY UNFORGETTABLE! Forever thankful – Lancelot & Britni ElarionoffSent on 03/07/2019
Amanda Litzinger · Married on 01/26/2019
Perfection in Paradise!
I can’t recommend it enough - Daylight Mind was simply the best wedding venue. From the ceremony setting and reception view, to the delicious food and cake, our wedding at Daylight Mind felt like a dream. We planned the wedding from the mainland and everything turned out spot on. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations - Julia helped us pick our signature cocktail and our guests still talk about it today! :) The layout of the reception space was also perfect and allowed for an awesome dance party! What truly separates Daylight Mind from others is Julia and her team. They were so organized, friendly, and flexible. We had a few last minute changes and everyone was incredibly accommodating. Julia was a godsend the day of the wedding! She made us feel comfortable right away and confident that everything was handled. I was able to enjoy every moment of the day, knowing Julia and the team were on it. We’re so happy we chose Daylight Mind and can’t wait to visit again!Sent on 03/11/2019
Alli · Married on 01/12/2019
Dream Wedding at Daylight Mind
Our wedding day could not have been more amazing thanks to Julia and the staff at Daylight Mind. I did most planning via email and Julia was so responsive which helped keep my mind at ease. She also recommended vendors which was so helpful in narrowing down my search. Julia was so attentive and made sure the day went smoothly. Anytime I needed her, she was right there. The staff took care of setting up all our decor and it looked flawless. Our guests raved about how amazing the food was! Probably the best food we had our entire stay on the island. I was so appreciative as they easily accommodated my requests for dairy free and vegetarian. Having our wedding at Daylight Mind was the best decision we made and we would highly recommend to anyone looking to get married in Hawaii. You will get the wedding of your dreams!Sent on 03/19/2019
Meike Vandonge · Married on 11/16/2018
Best decision - gorgeous views, great team!
We can't say enough amazing things about our wedding at Daylight Mind and Julia! In addition to being an incredible value, the location is spectacular, even better in person than in the photos you see online! Communication and organization with Julia was great! Julia made us confident that our wedding was going to be amazing even though we were planning from a distance! Gorgeous views!! Delicious food!! We had the fish & coconut curry tofu. Our guests (we had 72) continue to talk about how wonderful and fun our wedding was and the delicious food! The fact that we could do almost everything through Daylight Mind (ceremony and reception, food, cake, lighting, favors...), made everything so much easier! Thank you Julia and Daylight MInd for all that you did to make our day amazing!!!Sent on 01/14/2019
Papa Kona Events's reply:Mahalo for your review, Meike! I just shared my first of your wedding photos on the Daylight Mind Events instagram, and I can't wait to share more. You and Mark were lovely to work with and the alpacas visiting Daylight Mind were icing on the cake! - Julia Pittman and the Daylight Mind Team
Lance Vick · Married on 11/11/2018
Ocean View Wedding Venue at Daylight Mind
We had an amazing wedding at the Daylight Mind Coffee Company. Julia was extremely helpful and had so many great tips about how to make it a perfect day. The wedding photos turned out great and her suggestions about when to do them was excellent. The venue was beautiful, the food and service were amazing, and our guests had a wonderful time. Julia handled so many of the details and made it stress-free so that we could really just focus on enjoying the celebration with our guests. Highly recommended!Sent on 01/07/2019
Rachele Santos · Married on 11/10/2018
So beautiful, so easy
Planning a wedding is difficult, big or small. However, Daylight mind with Julia and her team, made it as easy as possible. We love the big island, we live here, so it was a no brainier to pick Daylight mind. The setting is stunning and the location perfect. Julia and her team were always quick to respond and help, and she was do so supportive along the way.Sent on 12/25/2018
Something important to me was food and my family LOVED IT (and they can be critics). We took out own pictures at the venue to save money and the wonderful thing about the backdrop is that it is so beautiful anyone can take a stunning picture.
The icing on the cake is that it's so affordable. Where else in Hawaii can you find an oceanfront venue that is priced so well?
Thank you, Julia and your team for helping make my wedding perfect
Papa Kona Events's reply:Aloha Rachele,
Stephanie Aguirre · Married on 10/26/2018
Amazing Service and View
I wish there were more than just five stars and 3,500 words to talk about how amazing this venue was. The pictures of this venue (and the very active Instagram posts) cannot even begin to describe how beautiful this place is. The view on the top deck literally takes your breath away the moment you set foot upstairs. The space is perfect for an intimate setting but you still have enough room to dance the night away or form a pretty great conga line. The food was the best food you could have imagined. We received many amazing compliments on our food options! And the menu options are so versatile that even the pickiest eaters (and we had a few) could find something to eat on our Luau Buffett. The fact that they not only provide the food as well as make the cake for you is really unheard of at any venue. Can I please mention the cake a bit more...for neither my husband or I prefer cake and we both were so in love with the cake that they made us! It was the best and most amazing cake I think I have ever had. The options range from the very basic to a fun adventure of flavors you never knew existed. Words cannot express how thankful we are for Julia and her amazing team. She literally answered any question throughout the year of preparation as well as helped us create a day of time line that fit in everything we wanted. Julia was so pleasant and personable and everything a bride and groom need to have a wonderful wedding. The staff as well that served the food and the amazing bartenders were all so amazing and sweet that you felt you had known them forever. Thank you Julia and team for helping us execute the best day of our lives and we cannot wait to visit Daylight Mind again!Sent on 12/18/2018
Papa Kona Events's reply:Aloha Stephanie, thank you SO SO much for this amazing review! You and Mitch were so wonderful and it was our good luck that you found us. We look forward to seeing you on future visits to Kona!