Important Steps You Must Perform before Getting Married in Hawaii

Important Steps You Must Perform before Getting Married in Hawaii

Getting Married in Hawaii is easy. Oceanfront wedding location in Maui.Thinking about getting married in Hawaii? Feeling uncertain about how to obtain licensing information or where to find  the Hawaii Marriage license application links YOU need before Getting Married in Maui! Different states and countries have different processes and legal requirements. Comparatively, getting married in Hawaii is EASY!

To ensure your Hawaii wedding ceremony is legal and make it easy for you to begin planning your wedding, I’ve outlined the most common questions I’m asked about getting married on Maui along with the steps you’ll need to obtain and apply for a Hawaii wedding license and Hawaii marriage certificate. Since the beginning of the year, the state law was enacted to allow same sex civil unions and I’ve outlined details of the Hawaii civil union application, too:

Does Hawaii require me to live or be in state for any amount of time before I get married? Hawaii does not require state residency or citizenship requirements and there is no waiting period required after your license has been issued.

Will I need to get blood tests performed before getting married in Hawaii? – Hawaii does NOT require blood testing.

Does Hawaii have an age requirement to get married in the state? – The legal age to be married in the stae of Hawaii is 18 without written consent from both parents or legal guardians. Proof of age documentation is required for those 19 and older. If you 18 or younger, please review the HI marriage licensing web site for age and documentation requirements.

What is the process to obtain a Hawaii marriage license? – The state of Hawaii makes it easy to get a marriage license. You may complete the application online or download it before you arrive (verify this to be true. Provide link to state wedding site…. A valid ID (drivers license, passport, birth certificate, etc).

What is the difference between a Hawaii Marriage License and a Hawaii Marriage Certificate? Hawaii utilizes two different marriage documents serving two different purposes: An image of a couple just married in Hawaii enjoying the first dance at a Maui beachfront wedding location.The marriage license ‘permits’ you to get married in the state of Hawaii. The Hawaii marriage certificate is the document showing a legal marriage or civil union has taken place.

What is a licensed Hawaii wedding officiant? Wedding officiates must be registered and licensed by the state of Hawaii. Officiants may be ordained religious officiate, non-religious or state judges. Officiates must be certified by the state of Hawaii to perform marriages or be certified to perform civil union ceremonies.

3 Step Process for Getting Married in Hawaii:

  1. The bride and groom must prepare a Hawaii marriage application.
  2. Along with the completed marriage license application and proof of age documents, the bride and groom must appear together in person before a licensed marriage agent.The application will be reviewed and you will receive your Hawaii marriage license, ‘licensing’ you to participate in a marriage ceremony performed by a licensed marriage officiate anywhere in the state of Hawaii within 30 days of marriage license approval.
  3. Participate in a wedding ceremony performed by a licensed Hawaii wedding officiate.Once married, your officiate will provide you with your Hawaii marriage certificate, indicating a legal marriage has been performed in the state of Hawaii.

    Maui wedding ceremony with traditional champagne toast at Olowalu wedding private estate in West Maui.

Links to Hawaii Marriage Information and HI Marriage License Application:

State of Hawaii Marriage Information

Hawaii Marriage License Application (PDF Form)

3 Step Hawaii Civil Union Process:

  1. Apply for the Hawaii Civil Union license. Complete the Hawaii Civil Union Application Form.
  2. Both partners must appear together before a licensed CU agent to receive your license; participate in your civil union ceremony performed by a licensed civil union officiate.
  3. Participate in a civil union ceremony within 30 days of the license approval. After your civil union ceremony, the officiate will record the civil union record with the Hawaii department of health. Once reviewed and accepted the DOH will register the civil union.

Links to Hawaii Civil Union Information and HI Civil Union Application:

State of Hawaii Civil Unions Information

Hawaii Civil Union License Application (PDF Form)

Do you have more questions about the Hawaii wedding license application process or where to find a licensed wedding agent in Maui county? Or, do you need help locating a wedding officiate for a traditional Hawaiian wedding? Questions are welcome in the comments section below. Subsribe to my Maui wedding planning blog for weekly Maui wedding ideas!

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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