When Dominic and Kayla first contacted us for an adventure elopement on the Big Island, they very quickly chose to get married at Pololu Valley. And, can you blame them? There is a reason this valley is one of my favorite places on the Big Island. Something about this place is just so magical, ethereal, and breathtaking! As an adventurer at heart, I was leaping for joy when I heard that determination in their voices to include this gorgeous location and adventure in their planning.
Big Island Terrain Diversity
Having lived on the Big Island for almost six years, I have become quite familiar with the diversity in landscapes. While the majority of weddings and elopements on the Big Island take place on the West side beaches, full of small to expansive stunning white sandy coves, nestled in between lava rocks and cliffs; the rest of the Big Island isn’t quite the same.
The North end, where Pololu Valley is located, gets a considerable amount of rain throughout the year, thereby creating a very lush paradise. One will quickly notice this sometimes startling change in nature as you drive from Kawaihae and into Hawi, and particularly as you get closer to the valley’s overlook. Many people end their trip to the valley at the overlook just to take a quick glance at the spectacular views of the north east Kohala coastline. When I first visited the Big Island three months before we moved here, I was one of those people. But, the quick hike down is not all that strenuous, and the views down in the valley just takes your breath away.
On this day, it was particularly wet. Everyone was ready to brave the rain, the slightly chilly weather, and make this wedding happen for two very special people! And, while it rained as the ceremony went on, it stayed pretty dry for the rest of our time. With two of their friends witnessing their union, it was quite possibly one of the most magical and sweetest elopement ceremony’s! We explored the valley for stunning photos, and the bride and groom were such troopers, hiking back to the top in their wedding clothes!! Mahalo and congratulations D & K! What an honor to have planned and captured these images for you <3
Video: Walczuk Productions
Floral: Ainahua Florals
Planning and Photography: Elope Big Island