Beach Wedding Permit NOT Good During Hawaii Tourism Drop

With Hawaii tourism on the decline you would think that the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the State Government of Hawaii would get together and think of ways to attract more visitors rather than drive them away.

Working with local travel agencies, going online with interactive new media such as blogs, video and live streaming events would be my first choices, but of course we are a new media outlet and thus we think in those terms.

When I talk about the driving away of the already decreasing visitors coming to the islands I am referring to the recent announcement that weddings on the beautiful beaches in Hawaii will now require a state permit before they are to be conducted. While it may not be a lot of money to pay for a permit (10 cents per square foot), it is another hindrance in the process and can take anywhere from a week to a month to obtain the actual permit after the application has been processed.

Why can’t we remove such a ban and promote the beautiful scenery for a memory of a lifetime. How many out there would be absolutely thrilled to have a marriage on the beaches of Hawaii if it was promoted as the premier destination for such an event because of the beauty, weather, Hawaiian customs and the EASE of use of the public beach.

Now while I do understand that many of the primary complaints relate to the use of parking for wedding members in areas that are already packed with beach goers, I still feel that there must be a way that these organizations and that the State of Hawaii can come up with better policies to alleviate the hardship of such a memorable life event.

Now I’m sure that this move was not intended as a deterrence against travelers to Hawaii, but in reality it sure has started looking that way. Rising fuel prices, the departure of the cruise ships in Hawaii, the increasing daily spending required while visiting and now PERMITS FOR WEDDINGS are making their rounds as the anti-Hawaii factor and causing many travelers to rethink their choice of visiting Hawaii. Unless the mighty tourism powers that be can come together and strengthen the allure of Hawaii, it looks like this economy that relies on tourism is headed for more of a slump.

August 1, 2008 is the start of the REQUIRED beach wedding permits from DLNR

Waialae Beach Park Wedding (Jim & Laura)Courtesy of Jim & Laura Coleman

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3 Responses to “ Beach Wedding Permit NOT Good During Hawaii Tourism Drop ”

  1. Aloha V Brown – I saw that DLNR announcement a few days ago. It struck me as being a bit odd, too. The permit certainly throws in a new monkey wrench in the wedding planning process and the timing is ironic as you pointed out.

    If I remember correctly, the DLNR policy will put weddings on the bottom of the priority list. Any other requests will trump a wedding. If that is indeed the case, that stinks for the Hawaii wedding industry. I hope this policy doesn’t cause too many issues.

    Sheilas last blog post..Why Does Kauai Have So Many Wild Chickens?

  2. I highly agree with your assessment that the Beach Wedding Permits do not help promote tourism in Hawaii, and that there are much better ways for the State to increase its revenue than making work difficult for Wedding companies (such as by increasing the price for a Marriage License, which I believe would be acceptable to everyone).

    Beach Weddings in Hawaii bring visitors to the islands, including Wedding couples and their guests. Let’s welcome them to our State with Aloha, and not ask if they got the right Permit. They paid their dues by purchasing their plane tickets to our State. Let’s make their Wedding here hassle-free with beautiful memories to bring home!

    Robert Hamilton

  3. Wow, I didn’t know about a priority list. i just thought it was first come, first served. And i thought the main reason for the permit was to prevent multiple beach weddings at the same location. One photographer told me he saw that once, where the wedding ceremony was right next to each other, and it was hard to get good shots with another wedding int he background.

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