Paliku Gardens, one of my all-time favorite, most adored wedding venues on the island of Oahu! I’m sure you already know that Oahu has no lack whatsoever of incredible venues to fulfill all your wildest tropical wedding dreams. Trust me when I say Paliku Gardens at Kualoa Ranch is truly a hard one to beat. Consider this your ultimate guide to having a wedding at Paliku Gardens. I hope you leave this page feeling confident that Paliku may be the perfect venue for your dream day!
Table of Contents
- The Venue: Kualoa Ranch
- Getting Married at Paliku Gardens
- Paliku Gardens Wedding Packages
- Take a Virtual Tour of Paliku Gardens
- Paliku Gardens & Kualoa Ranch FAQ’s
- Learn More About Kualoa Ranch
Everything You Need to Know About Paliku Gardens
The Venue: Kualoa Ranch
First, you need to know that Paliku Gardens is actually one of the wedding location options at a larger venue called Kualoa Ranch! I recently published a full guide about getting married at Kualoa Ranch. If you’re still considering your options and want to see what else is available at this stunning ranch, be sure to check that article out here before you continue reading this one. There are multiple stunning ceremony & reception sites, from a secret beach to fishponds and more!
Kualoa Ranch is a 4,000-acre, privately-owned ranch on the east side of Oahu, about 24 miles from Honolulu. Not only does it have an incredible amount of fun activities to offer to tourists & locals alike, it’s also an uber-popular filming location & has been a backdrop in a wild amount of movies & TV shows, including Lost, Jurassic Park, Hawaii Five-O, Jumanji, and many more! If you’re big into film sets & any of the movies/shows that have been shot here, you can take the Hollywood Movie Sites Tour for a fun adventure through the ranch.
Kualoa has tons of other activities available that you should definitely consider booking in the days surrounding your wedding. I highly recommend that you take FULL advantage of your time on the island and create as many memories as possible, and not just on the day of your wedding!
Here are a few of the other popular tours & activities available at Kualoa Ranch:
- Jurassic Valley Zipline
- Jungle Jeep Expedition
- Secret Island Beach Activities
- 2-Hour Horseback Walking Tour
Getting Married at Paliku Gardens
Paliku Gardens is the venue located at the base of the Kanehoalani mountain peak. It provides absolutely stunning views of Kaneohe Bay. From the gardens, you can also see Mokoli’i Island (commonly known as “Chinaman’s Hat”), the beautiful blue waters of the ocean, and dreamy rolling green pastures! It’s truly an unbeatable location for a tropical Hawaii wedding overlooking the coast, in the middle of the lush green landscape.
These gardens are one of my favorite sites at Kualoa Ranch not just because of the impeccable views overlooking the ranch & the bay, but also because Kualoa thoughtfully includes a bridal suite with AC AND a private bathroom in your package. If you’ve ever visited Hawaii and experienced the heat & humidity, then you know how beneficial this is. Especially when you’re getting ready for your wedding and putting on layers of makeup + potentially a thick wedding dress! That AC will be your best friend when you arrive at Paliku🙌🏼
And, random fun fact: Paliku Gardens has been the site of multiple events hosted by celebrities including the Dalai Lama & Michelle Obama!
Paliku Gardens Wedding Packages
The cost of a wedding at Paliku Gardens depends on the day of the week & the season of your wedding! Weekday weddings at Paliku Gardens start at $3,895, and weekend weddings start at $4,495. The cost may fluctuate at certain times of year & depending on the number of guests you have, as well as how long you’d like to use the site for.
The open-aired pavilion at Paliku Gardens can fit 120 guests, the two lawn areas can fit 250 guests on either side for a reception, and the upper garden can fit folding chairs for 150 guests.
Here’s what’s included in your Paliku Gardens site rental!
- Two lawn areas for your reception (& space for tents!)
- Open-aired pavilion
- Upper garden site
- 150 white resin folding chairs
- 10 6-foot banquet tables (each seats 6-8 guests)
- 15 66” round tables (each seats 8-10 guests)
- Bridal suite with AC
- Partial food prep area
You can pay an additional fee to have Kualoa set up & breakdown your site for you if you know you won’t want to worry about getting that done on the day-of. Make your day as easyyyy as possible, darling –- you deserve it!
If you’re unable to visit Kualoa Ranch in-person before your big day arrives, you’re actually able to take a virtual tour of the gardens through Kualoa’s website! This is def one of my favorite things to come out of the pandemic. More and more venues are adding virtual tours and more detailed photos & videos to their websites for couples who aren’t able to visit. Take advantage of it by grabbing a glass of your favorite drink, sitting down on the couch with your partner, & enjoying the beauty of the gardens through the virtual tour here!
Paliku Gardens & Kualoa Ranch Wedding FAQ’s
Where can I park at Paliku Gardens?
Free parking is available on the lawns right next to the gardens for you & your guests!
What optional add-ons are available for my Kualoa Ranch wedding package?
If you’d like the ranch’s help setting up & breaking down your ceremony and reception sites, you can pay an additional fee to have them do so! You can also inquire with the ranch about using their ranch-grown beef, fresh oysters, & more fresh seafood + fruits + veggies for your wedding meal.
How do I know if the gardens are available for my wedding date?
Reach out to Kualoa Ranch here and find out their availability for your chosen date (or desired potential dates)!
Is there anywhere to stay on-site?
Unfortunately, there are no on-site accommodations at Kualoa Ranch! For more info about resorts & other places to stay on Oahu, check out my blog post on How to Get Married on Oahu!
Real Paliku Gardens Wedding Inspiration
I know it can be hard to envision your wedding at a venue that you haven’t visited yet. That’s why I wanted to show you full galleries of a couple of my favorite weddings that I’ve photographed at Paliku thus far. All of the photos included throughout this blog post are from Paliku. Check out the two links below to see two couples’ breathtaking ceremonies at Paliku Gardens & wedding days at Kualoa Ranch!
Colby & Kolby started their wedding day at Paliku Gardens, complete with a dinosaur suit first look (no joke). Then they said their vows overlooking Kaneohe Bay & Chinaman’s Hat. It was an absolutely stunning ceremony that took full advantage of the beauty of the gardens. Plus the few guests they invited got to enjoy the blue sky & palm trees right alongside them!
Kay & Thomas also chose Paliku for their ceremony site. They decorated it with THE most stunning tropical floral installations, a bamboo arbor, and wooden chairs for their guests to relax in. The giant trees & deep green foliage in the background was simply to die for.
Kualoa also has a dedicated Pinterest board with more weddings that have taken place at Paliku that you should def check out for even more absolutely gorgeous inspo.
If you’re still not sure which site you’d like to host your Kualoa Ranch wedding, I’ve got you! It’s time to hop on over to my Kualoa Ranch wedding guide, where you can familiarize yourself with all of the incredible ceremony & reception options that the ranch has to offer!