Kapalua Bay Hotel Creates Extreme Choices for Romance

From classically simple to extravagantly sublime

By: Dawna Robertson

Kapalua Bay Hotel & Ocean Villas has launched a selection of new wedding packages and amenities for couples that want to renew vows or tie the knot in paradise. Fran Roloson, the ho-tel’s wedding manager, has designed a variety of amenities, services and wedding plans that range from $2,500 for a simple beach ceremony to $25,000 for the ultimate in weddings.

Situated above Maui’s Kapalua Bay, the resort is known for its ocean views, luxury facilities and Hawaiian hospitality. With 191 rooms, five suites and 14 pri-vate ocean villas, it couples bou-tique hotel ambiance with the services and amenities of a large resort.

One of Kapalua’s most dra-matic wedding sites is the Point, a grass-covered lava peninsula surrounded by the sea on three sides. With year-round sunsets, the Point opens to panoramic views of the Maui coastline and neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai.

“The Point is truly one of the most spectacular sites on the is-land for a wedding,” said Channing Bridges, director of sales and marketing. “The sun sets be-tween the islands of Lanai and Molokai, which makes for a very romantic ceremony. We’ve even had winter ceremonies with humpback whales playing in the distance.”

A selection of other indoor and outdoor sites are also avail-able from manicured lawns and intimate courtyards to a grand ballroom. Wedding cere-monies, vow renewals and recep-tions are personally handled by Roloson, who works closely with couples to arrange everything from menu selection, photogra-phy and wedding favors to hula dancers and flower leis.

“Fran is a one-stop shop for weddings,” added Bridges. “She has an extensive list of the is-land’s best photographers and entertainers that help her custom-ize a wedding to match a cou-ple’s taste.”

Couples can work with Ro-loson to customize their cere-mony or choose from any of Ka-palua’s five new packages, rang-ing from the $2,500 Ehu Kai (sea spray) plan with ceremony on the beach, to the $25,000 Ke Alii (royal) package.

The Ke Alii features a long list of upscale amenities and ser-vices, including five nights in an oceanview suite, limousine air-port transfers, a Pampered Bride salon/spa beauty package for six ladies, a Groom’s Golf Outing with a round of golf for up to six players, the bride’s arrival by horse and carriage to the cere-mony, a 40-dove release, champagne toast, Bed of Roses on the wedding night, monogrammed robes, a privately catered gourmet dinner for two and more. Al-though it seems extravagant, this package is receiving a lot of interest, said Bridges.