How to Get Married in Hawaii

How to Get Married in Hawaii

Maui wedding couple after wedding ceremony.Is a Hawaii wedding in your future? Considering getting married on Maui? Wondering what the process is or what steps are necessary to obtain a marriage license? Need help obtaining a Hawaii marriage license or the application? Read on for the answers to those questions and the links you need for obtaining a Hawaii Marriage license. You’ll also want to understand the difference between a Hawaii marriage license and a Hawaii marriage permit. Compared to most states and countries, getting married on Maui or anywhere in Hawaii is very EASY!

Is a Hawaii Marriage License the same as a Hawaii Marriage Certificate? NO – You Need to obtain BOTH to get married in Hawaii. Because the state uses two different marriage documents for two different purposes, you’ll need to obtain both. A Hawaii marriage license ‘permits’ a couple to be married in Hawaii. Whereas, a Hawaii marriage certificate is the official legal document necessary to prove a civil union or marriage took place in the state of Hawaii.

Do We Need to Be a Residents of Hawaii before getting married in Hawaii? NO. Hawaii does NOT impose any residency requirements before getting married in the state. You could get married on Maui the same day you fly in and then fly on to another island the same day for your honeymoon. Or, spend your honeymoon on Maui after getting married at one of the amazing oceanfront wedding venues on Maui!

How do we get a Hawaii marriage license? – Fortunately, it is a very easy process to obtain a marriage license in Hawaii. You may use the state’s online applications process to complete the application online before arrival to Hawaii.A bamboo chuppah at the Olowalu plantation wedding location in West Maui. You’ll each need a passport, birth certificate or other valid identification. Utilize the Hawaii wedding permit links below for the application.

After we get our marriage license, do we need to wait a certain number of days before our wedding ceremony? NO. There is no waiting period to get married in Hawaii after your marriage license has been issued.

Will a blood test be necessary before we can get married in Hawaii? NO. Blood tests are not a requirement for getting married in Hawaii.

What are the age requirements to get married in Hawaii? – Without written consent from both parents or guardians, the legal age to be married in Hawaii is 18. If you are 19 or older, you’ll need documentation to prove your age. Please review the HI marriage licensing web site for age and documentation requirements if you are 18 or under.

Who can perform the wedding ceremony in Hawaii and do they need to be licensed? Hawaii wedding officiants must be an ordained religious officiant, a non-religious licensed officiant or a state judge. The state of Hawaii requires officiants to be certified by the state prior to performing marriages and officiants are required to be certified by Hawaii prior to performing civil union ceremonies.

3 Step Process for Getting Married in Hawaii:

  1. The Hawaii marriage application must be completed by the couple getting married.
  2. An appearance together, in front of a licensed marriage agent, must be accomplished. The marriage license agent will review the completed Hawaii marriage application along with the proof of age documents and a Hawaii marriage license will be granted. The marriage license permits you to participate in a marriage ceremony in Hawaii. The wedding must be performed by a licensed marriage officiant anywhere in the state of Hawaii within 30 days of receiving the marriage license approval.
  3. After the wedding ceremony is performed, the official Hawaii wedding officiate will present the newly married couple with their official Hawaii marriage certificate.

Get more Hawaii marriage details and obtain a Hawaii Marriage License application:

3 Step Hawaii Civil Union Process:

  1. Complete the Hawaii Civil Union Application Form and apply for a Hawaii Civil Union license.
  2. Both members of the civil union must appear together in front of a licensed Civil Union agent in order to receive a Civil Union License.
  3. After the application and license application process is completed, the couple may hire a licensed civil union officiant to perform a civil union ceremony within 30 days after license approval. The licensed officiant will file a record of the civil union cermoney with the Hawaii department of health and after review and accpetance the DOH will officially register the civil union.

Use the links below for additional information about Hawaii Civil Unions and to get an application for a Hawaii Civil Union:

If you still have Hawaii wedding license application questions or if you have questions about getting married and need help locating a licensed wedding agent in Maui county, please let us know in the comments section below. Or, get more Maui wedding planning ideas and tips by subscribing to my weekly Maui catering and wedding planning blog!

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.

Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit