The Big Island is the most ecologically diverse island in the Hawaiian chain, and has countless amazing places in which to propose. From fiery volcanoes and lofty mountaintops to incredibly romantic restaurants, beaches, and waterfalls, the Big Island is the embodiment of romance and excitement. There’s seemingly no limit to amazing places that are perfect for popping the big question, so we’ve come up with our five favorite places to propose on the Big Island.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
What better place to heat up your relationship than on an active volcano? Traverse through towering tree fern forests, feel the power of underground volcanic action at Steam Vents, then make your way over to Kīlauea Caldera and witness the most active volcano on earth. After sunset, head over to Volcano House, where you can enjoy sumptuous dining against the spectacular backdrop of Kīlauea’s fiery glow. What a great place to tell your partner how much your heart is on fire for them!
ULU Ocean Grill
Rated as one of the “100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America” by Open Table, ULU Ocean Grill at the Four Seasons Hualālai is the epitome of tropical ocean side ambiance. Resting on the soft white sands of Kumukea Beach, the exquisite fare coupled with fragrant breezes and the gentle sound of surf lapping the shore makes the perfect place to propose to your one and only.
Mauna Kea Summit
You would announce your love from the highest mountaintop, so what’s stopping you? Mauna Kea, technically the highest mountain on Earth, rises to a lofty 13,803 feet above sea level (when measured from its oceanic base, it’s over 33,000 feet high!). As you and your true love take in stunning panoramic vistas, you break out the ring. After watching the most amazing sunset ever, head down to the Mauna Kea Visitor Center were you can observe distant galaxies through their powerful telescopes.
Located along the shores of Hilo Bay, Lili‘uokalani Gardens is an exquisitely beautiful 24.14-acre Japanese garden built in 1917, and is the largest garden of its kind outside of Japan. The garden’s serene setting encompasses beautiful ocean and coastal views, Waihonu Pond, bridges, pagodas, statuary and a Japanese teahouse. A long footbridge connects to Moku Ola, a small offshore island whose waters are purported to have healing properties. Spread a picnic blanket out next to the pond or under a shady tree and bring out the ring.
Remote and awe-inspiring Waipi‘o Valley is the ultimate for romance and adventure. Accessible only by foot or 4-wheel drive, this ancient valley was the residence of Hawaiian royalty and today maintains a thriving taro farming community. Vertical jungle-clad cliffs, dozens of towering waterfalls, and a stunning black sand beach set the stage for an amazingly romantic proposal.