My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary in Kauai, which inspired our decision to move here soon after one of our many Hawaii Vacations. At the time, we stayed in the Poipu Beach resort area and rented a private one bedroom condo for the week at Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation. The beach front resort is on 30 manicured acres.
Meander through award-winning orchid gardens (Photo by Dan Lane)
One morning, on our spacious lanai, we ate a light breakfast of papaya, mango and apple bananas that we got from the farmers market. Then we got dressed and walked around the property. Exotic birds were chirping and tiny lizards slept on wide ti leaves in the warm morning sun. Explosions of color from plumeria, hibiscus and water lilies inspired my husband to snap hundreds of pictures with his digital camera.
Walking past a lava koi pond, we entered Moir Gardens; flush with 1200 orchids and towering cacti. A 1930s lava stone manor—originally owned by Hector Moir, manager of the Koloa Sugar Plantation—is now the Plantation Gardens restaurant. We made reservations for our anniversary dinner and requested a table on the lanai facing the gardens.
A couple enjoys a private dinner on the East Lanai (Photo by Dan Lane)
Sipping refreshing cumber margaritas, we ate fresh island-caught-fish with local vegetables. Trade winds brought whispers a tropical scents as we dined under starlight then walked the moonlit beach.
Recently, I learned that a bride and groom can get married here.
Traditional Hawaiian wedding options are available (Photo by Trizza Grantham Photography).
The all-inclusive package includes condos for guests to stay in; a beautiful wedding on the manicured lawn; a cocktail reception with pupus in the gardens, and finishing with a reception at the restaurant. Couples may “buyout” the restaurant for a 130 person, three-course seated dinner and their pastry chef will make a wedding cake if you like.
There are four options for smaller parties. The Moir room accommodates 18 people and features Brazillian cherry wood floors, a lava rock fireplace and original chandelier. The East Lanai accommodates 22 people and overlooks the award-winning orchid garden. The West Lanai accommodates 40 people and overlooks the historic Pa’u A Laka Moir Cactus Garden. Lastly, the South Lanai accommodates 60 people and overlooks the orchid gardens and wedding ceremony lawn.
My dream is to celebrate 20 years of marriage by getting remarried here!.