Venues

Describe your company's style in 3 words.
Informative, unique, “fin-tastic”.

What is your favorite thing about weddings?
The bringing together of two “oceans” (both the bride’s and groom’s) and a reflection of both the bride and groom’s personalities as they express their love for one another and o-“fish”-ally begin their journey on a higher level of commitment to one another.

How did Waikiki Aquarium get started in events and can you provide a little history about your venue?
The Waikiki Aquarium opened in 1904 as the Honolulu Aquarium, a commercial venture by the Honolulu Rapid Transit and Land Company, who wished to “show the world the riches of Hawaii’s reefs” and entice passengers to ride to the end of the new trolley line in Kapi‘olani Park, where the Aquarium was located.

What is one thing you really want brides and grooms to know about Waikiki Aquarium?
A wedding at the Waikiki Aquarium can be as unique and informal or as formal as you are and includes beautiful sunset ceremony, private access for you and your guests to all of the aquarium galleries and exhibits, then space for as many as 500 guests to celebrate on our “open-air ballroom” lawn, under the stars during an outdoor reception.

What are your favorite wedding colors?
At the Aquarium, shades of blues, pinks and purples go really nice with our green lawn!

What are some of your favorite ways The Waikiki Aquarium has been used?
Weddings are among our favorite occasions to celebrate at the Aquarium! We’ve had simple, intimate gatherings with fantastic sunsets as the backdrop and a solo musician or even a playlist on an i-device with a basic set-up of seating on the lawn. At the other end of the scale, we’ve had an elaborately decorated affair with up-lighting on trees, lanterns strung over the lawn, clear-top tent, lounge chairs scattered throughout the facility with a full band and a dance floor. Our lawn is a blank palette on which to design your event. I especially like the weddings that intertwine a nautical theme since it matches the Aquarium’s messaging so well. These have run the gamut from an educational stand-point of the couple wanting their guests to come away from their wedding experience learning something about the ocean and its inhabitants all the way up to a more whimsical theme of the bride and groom dressing as King Neptune and a mermaid queen!

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