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Hawaii Island Weddings by Kauka

Big Island- Waikoloa, Kamuela, Kona And Hilo , HI
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POB 2561
Big Island- Waikoloa, Kamuela, Kona and Hilo, HI 96743 US (map)

PHONE

808-747-5531

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ABOUT US

Kauka Weddings is a full service wedding planning and floral design company on the Big Island of Hawaii, Specializing in you. As destination wedding specialists, we serve couples from... Read more
Kauka Weddings is a full service wedding planning and floral design company on the Big Island of Hawaii, Specializing in you. As destination wedding specialists, we serve couples from all across the globe and throughout the Hawaiian Islands we strive to create personalized celebrations with the understanding that this is the most important day of your life. Our goal is to make every wedding celebration an extraordinary reflection of your unique relationship and timeless love. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Budget Analysis, Day-Of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Guest List Creation, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
4

REVIEWS

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ddamian35
Wedding:
12/11/2015
0.5/5.0
I had my wedding on 12.12.15 on private estate on Oahu. Choosing this company (and especially Kandi) was one of the worst decisions I've made. My advice to all future brides, please pay a little more and take the time to find a good wedding planner, who is involved, organized and understands your needs
1) Make sure you understand who all the Vendors are, and how much they actually charge. Kandi marked up on everything( ending up paying much more $$$ than we had to).
2) She was not organized and did everything last minute
3) Not very pleasant, and harsh on communication (ex "I've done quite a few weddings, I know what I'm doing", etc)
4) When we caught her prices were much higher than the actual vendor prices, she kept blaming on "Accounting error"
5) She lacks heavily in communication and organizational skills. After speaking directly with some vendors she used, they had expressed the same concern with her. They arrived on the property not knowing time frames, exact details, and what to do (which caused a delay on our Private Entertainment show)
6) She was sketchy and shady when I had questions about the Luau Food menu items, and vendor info, as she didn't want us to know who the company was (some pictures she had e-mailed us prior to the wedding were generic luau pictures from the internet)
7) The day of the wedding she never checked in with me for a long time, I did not even know if she was on property until I had to call her; she also kept avoiding me during the whole wedding
8) She was asking my guests to do things for her, as she was disorganized (her husband had to be proactive and jump in many times to save the day)
9) My guests told me that she was talking to them and complaining, how "they had to fly from Big Island, and it was not easy", etc
10) Extremely unprofessional. After the wedding I had few concerns and questions on charges, she told me "to stop contacting her", then I realized it was a funny company which runs in the back yard.
I had my wedding on 12.12.15 on private estate on Oahu. Choosing this company (and especially Kandi) was one of the worst Read more...
I had my wedding on 12.12.15 on private estate on Oahu. Choosing this company (and especially Kandi) was one of the worst decisions I've made. My advice to all future brides, please pay a little more and take the time to find a good wedding planner, who is involved, organized and understands your needs
1) Make sure you understand who all the Vendors are, and how much they actually charge. Kandi marked up on everything( ending up paying much more $$$ than we had to).
2) She was not organized and did everything last minute
3) Not very pleasant, and harsh on communication (ex "I've done quite a few weddings, I know what I'm doing", etc)
4) When we caught her prices were much higher than the actual vendor prices, she kept blaming on "Accounting error"
5) She lacks heavily in communication and organizational skills. After speaking directly with some vendors she used, they had expressed the same concern with her. They arrived on the property not knowing time frames, exact details, and what to do (which caused a delay on our Private Entertainment show)
6) She was sketchy and shady when I had questions about the Luau Food menu items, and vendor info, as she didn't want us to know who the company was (some pictures she had e-mailed us prior to the wedding were generic luau pictures from the internet)
7) The day of the wedding she never checked in with me for a long time, I did not even know if she was on property until I had to call her; she also kept avoiding me during the whole wedding
8) She was asking my guests to do things for her, as she was disorganized (her husband had to be proactive and jump in many times to save the day)
9) My guests told me that she was talking to them and complaining, how "they had to fly from Big Island, and it was not easy", etc
10) Extremely unprofessional. After the wedding I had few concerns and questions on charges, she told me "to stop contacting her", then I realized it was a funny company which runs in the back yard. Read less
Services Used: Band, Beauty & Health, Wedding Cake, Catering, Ceremony Music, DJ, Flowers, Officiant, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue, Videography
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Rita
Wedding:
2/3/2015
4.9/5.0
Kandi and dean are very professional for the wedding planning. We had the best memory in our life. Our wedding location is very far away from their company, but they drove all the way to our place and setup everything quickly.
The band was superb and the food they provided was very delicious.
We would like to thank Kandi to give us the best memory in our life.
Kandi and dean are very professional for the wedding planning. We had the best memory in our life. Our wedding location is Read more...
Kandi and dean are very professional for the wedding planning. We had the best memory in our life. Our wedding location is very far away from their company, but they drove all the way to our place and setup everything quickly.
The band was superb and the food they provided was very delicious.
We would like to thank Kandi to give us the best memory in our life. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Erin
Wedding:
6/25/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Kandi and Dean as wedding planners. They spent so much time planning, consulting via e-mail, and being on site with us at the actual ceremony. Coordinating every little detail for the ceremony and site, it was absolutely beautiful! They made our day SO much more special, and everything turned out way better than I could ever have imagined. By the time we left the islands, we had felt (and still do) like they are a part of our family now.

We had over budgeted and added a few more things than we had planned for, and they ended up covering the cost for us, which we are SO grateful for! Beautiful wedding, beautiful family, and both of our families are still talking about how special our day was, and our wedding was 2 months ago.

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I cannot say enough good things about Kandi and Dean as wedding planners. They spent so much time planning, consulting via Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Kandi and Dean as wedding planners. They spent so much time planning, consulting via e-mail, and being on site with us at the actual ceremony. Coordinating every little detail for the ceremony and site, it was absolutely beautiful! They made our day SO much more special, and everything turned out way better than I could ever have imagined. By the time we left the islands, we had felt (and still do) like they are a part of our family now.

We had over budgeted and added a few more things than we had planned for, and they ended up covering the cost for us, which we are SO grateful for! Beautiful wedding, beautiful family, and both of our families are still talking about how special our day was, and our wedding was 2 months ago.

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Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Reda
Wedding:
5/14/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and i live in London and have never been in Hawaii before. So at the beginning arranging wedding there seemed like and impossible task. We wanted simple but elegant celebration for two of us and we wanted it on the beach. Planning your wedding from more than 10,000 miles away is not the easiest thing. However, thanks to Kandi, it was quite easy, straight forward and hustle free. Being a local girl Kandi advised on perfect location. Photographer we had, Josh, was amazing, hair and make up stylist - brilliant! Kandi arranged everything and made everything just as we wanted.
With special attention and care, both, Kandi and Dean, made our day very special. They do it from their hearts and that makes it so brilliant!

Thank you both for making our day so memorable for us and being a part of it.
My husband and i live in London and have never been in Hawaii before. So at the beginning arranging wedding there seemed Read more...
My husband and i live in London and have never been in Hawaii before. So at the beginning arranging wedding there seemed like and impossible task. We wanted simple but elegant celebration for two of us and we wanted it on the beach. Planning your wedding from more than 10,000 miles away is not the easiest thing. However, thanks to Kandi, it was quite easy, straight forward and hustle free. Being a local girl Kandi advised on perfect location. Photographer we had, Josh, was amazing, hair and make up stylist - brilliant! Kandi arranged everything and made everything just as we wanted.
With special attention and care, both, Kandi and Dean, made our day very special. They do it from their hearts and that makes it so brilliant!

Thank you both for making our day so memorable for us and being a part of it. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Kyle
Wedding:
3/7/2014
4.8/5.0
Kandi and Dean are an amazing duo, and if you work with them, they will feel like family. Kandi really works hard to make sure the day is perfect, and is incredibly flexible and accommodating. Dean is a renaissance man - he is talented beyond belief as a creative idea guy, officiate, musician, you name it. We could not have accomplished what we did without Kandi and Dean.
Kandi and Dean are an amazing duo, and if you work with them, they will feel like family. Kandi really works hard to make Read more...
Kandi and Dean are an amazing duo, and if you work with them, they will feel like family. Kandi really works hard to make sure the day is perfect, and is incredibly flexible and accommodating. Dean is a renaissance man - he is talented beyond belief as a creative idea guy, officiate, musician, you name it. We could not have accomplished what we did without Kandi and Dean. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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Keturah
Wedding:
2/21/2014
4.9/5.0
Kandi was so wonderful to work with, she is super easy and laid back and was always very helpful (and also fun!). We didn't know anything about Hawaii but she seemed to manage to pick the most beautiful spot! She set me up to have my hair/makeup done and it was awesome! They did a great job, I felt so pretty! She also set us up with a photographer who was also very kind and did an absolute fantastic job for my budget. She tried to work within my budget too and was considerate. The day of the wedding was AMAZING. Besides location, the ceremony itself was my number one concern. BUt Dean was AWESOME, he was not only very kind, respectful and serious, but he was also very laid back and funny and even PERSONALIZED our ceremony! The ceremony it self was so very touching- traditional Hawaiian! Those two together put together something so amazing I will be touched by it forever. We both loved it and our immediate family who attended also thought the same. I couldn't have asked for a better way to marry my love of my life!
Kandi was so wonderful to work with, she is super easy and laid back and was always very helpful (and also fun!). We Read more...
Kandi was so wonderful to work with, she is super easy and laid back and was always very helpful (and also fun!). We didn't know anything about Hawaii but she seemed to manage to pick the most beautiful spot! She set me up to have my hair/makeup done and it was awesome! They did a great job, I felt so pretty! She also set us up with a photographer who was also very kind and did an absolute fantastic job for my budget. She tried to work within my budget too and was considerate. The day of the wedding was AMAZING. Besides location, the ceremony itself was my number one concern. BUt Dean was AWESOME, he was not only very kind, respectful and serious, but he was also very laid back and funny and even PERSONALIZED our ceremony! The ceremony it self was so very touching- traditional Hawaiian! Those two together put together something so amazing I will be touched by it forever. We both loved it and our immediate family who attended also thought the same. I couldn't have asked for a better way to marry my love of my life! Read less
Services Used: Beauty & Health, Photography, Wedding Planning
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keturah
Wedding:
2/21/2014
4.9/5.0
Very wonderful job! Beautiful pick for a site, wonderful decorations, awesome recommendations. The ceremony Dean performed was incredibly touching. I will never forget how they made my day so much more wonderful than I could've imagined. Thanks Dean and Kandi
Very wonderful job! Beautiful pick for a site, wonderful decorations, awesome recommendations. The ceremony Dean performed Read more...
Very wonderful job! Beautiful pick for a site, wonderful decorations, awesome recommendations. The ceremony Dean performed was incredibly touching. I will never forget how they made my day so much more wonderful than I could've imagined. Thanks Dean and Kandi Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Stephanie
Wedding:
12/26/2013
5.0/5.0
I worked with Kandi to plan a beach wedding on the big island of Hawaii for my son and daughter-in-law, whose very busy work and medical school schedules did not allow them much time to focus on wedding details. As the mother of the groom, I was in an unusual position, making some of the wedding decisions myself, but needing time to run others by the bride and groom before giving Kandi the information she needed. She was always incredibly patient and helpful, explaining all our options and helping us choose the perfect wedding site, photographer, flowers, etc. to match our wedding vision as well as our budget. She was very knowledgeable and experienced, and made me feel confident that everything would go smoothly, even though we were thousands of miles apart!

The wedding itself was absolutely beautiful! The beach site that Kandi suggested was gorgeous and was perfectly suited to the needs of our group. And the ceremony that Dean performed was truly wonderful. He managed to incorporate all the Hawaiian elements that the bride and groom wanted as well as a personalized message tailored just for them. In addition, Kandi organized a beautiful wedding dinner for all of us following the ceremony at a restaurant overlooking the water. Watching the Hawaiian sunset while celebrating my son's wedding was the perfect ending to a magical day!

But Kandi and Dean's help and support did not end there. A few days after the wedding while still on the island, we experienced a family tragedy that left all of us in shock. Both Kandi and Dean came to the hospital to provide comfort and support to all of us. They gave us advice and helped us deal with a situation that was very difficult to handle in an unfamiliar place.

Kandi and Dean are truly wonderful people as well as skilled professionals. I would highly recommend Hawaii Island Weddings by Kauka to anyone planning a wedding in Hawaii.
I worked with Kandi to plan a beach wedding on the big island of Hawaii for my son and daughter-in-law, whose very busy Read more...
I worked with Kandi to plan a beach wedding on the big island of Hawaii for my son and daughter-in-law, whose very busy work and medical school schedules did not allow them much time to focus on wedding details. As the mother of the groom, I was in an unusual position, making some of the wedding decisions myself, but needing time to run others by the bride and groom before giving Kandi the information she needed. She was always incredibly patient and helpful, explaining all our options and helping us choose the perfect wedding site, photographer, flowers, etc. to match our wedding vision as well as our budget. She was very knowledgeable and experienced, and made me feel confident that everything would go smoothly, even though we were thousands of miles apart!

The wedding itself was absolutely beautiful! The beach site that Kandi suggested was gorgeous and was perfectly suited to the needs of our group. And the ceremony that Dean performed was truly wonderful. He managed to incorporate all the Hawaiian elements that the bride and groom wanted as well as a personalized message tailored just for them. In addition, Kandi organized a beautiful wedding dinner for all of us following the ceremony at a restaurant overlooking the water. Watching the Hawaiian sunset while celebrating my son's wedding was the perfect ending to a magical day!

But Kandi and Dean's help and support did not end there. A few days after the wedding while still on the island, we experienced a family tragedy that left all of us in shock. Both Kandi and Dean came to the hospital to provide comfort and support to all of us. They gave us advice and helped us deal with a situation that was very difficult to handle in an unfamiliar place.

Kandi and Dean are truly wonderful people as well as skilled professionals. I would highly recommend Hawaii Island Weddings by Kauka to anyone planning a wedding in Hawaii. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Lydia
Wedding:
12/21/2013
4.8/5.0
Our Hawaii wedding ceremony with Kandi and Dean Kauka was better than we could have imagined.
The ceremony itself was exactly what we wanted: personal, spiritual, and intimate (and not too long or overly complicated). Dean is a fantastic officiant - creating the authentic Hawaiian experience we wanted.
Kandi is a great and very experienced wedding planner. She had great ideas and knows a great deal about all the wedding details and locations on the Big Island. She's easy going and intuitive, you can trust that she's going to get everything done on time and on budget.
Dealing with Kandi and Dean was very simple and easy. With their help, we were able to plan our wedding long distance from Canada (having never visited the Big Island) without a hitch. Everything was ready to go when we arrived with no hassles or headaches. Compared to booking with a big resort, its a no brainer - better value, and an authentic (non-canned) wedding.
Best wedding planners on the Big Island of Hawaii!
Our Hawaii wedding ceremony with Kandi and Dean Kauka was better than we could have imagined.
The ceremony itself was Read more...
Our Hawaii wedding ceremony with Kandi and Dean Kauka was better than we could have imagined.
The ceremony itself was exactly what we wanted: personal, spiritual, and intimate (and not too long or overly complicated). Dean is a fantastic officiant - creating the authentic Hawaiian experience we wanted.
Kandi is a great and very experienced wedding planner. She had great ideas and knows a great deal about all the wedding details and locations on the Big Island. She's easy going and intuitive, you can trust that she's going to get everything done on time and on budget.
Dealing with Kandi and Dean was very simple and easy. With their help, we were able to plan our wedding long distance from Canada (having never visited the Big Island) without a hitch. Everything was ready to go when we arrived with no hassles or headaches. Compared to booking with a big resort, its a no brainer - better value, and an authentic (non-canned) wedding.
Best wedding planners on the Big Island of Hawaii! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Ceremony Music, Flowers, Officiant, Photography, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Lissette
Wedding:
12/14/2013
4.8/5.0
When my husband and I decided to get married in Hawaii, we thought it couldn't get better than that! Kandi and Dean made it better. We didn't have a huge budget for flowers, DJ and photography but that was never a problem for her. She worked with our budget and made our wedding day not just memorable, it was perfect!
When my husband and I decided to get married in Hawaii, we thought it couldn't get better than that! Kandi and Dean made Read more...
When my husband and I decided to get married in Hawaii, we thought it couldn't get better than that! Kandi and Dean made it better. We didn't have a huge budget for flowers, DJ and photography but that was never a problem for her. She worked with our budget and made our wedding day not just memorable, it was perfect! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning

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POB 2561, Big Island- Waikoloa, Kamuela, Kona and Hilo, HI 96743 See On Map
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