Common Ground Kauai is on the North Shore of the beautiful island of Kauai. Our venue and gardens are located on 45 acres of lush rainforest at the base of a 4500 foot mountain.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor Event Space
Covered Outdoors Space
Indoor Event Space
Barn, Garden, Mountain, Restaurant
Venue Service Offerings
Destination Weddings, Food & Catering
Destination Events Hawaii Reviews
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Reviewed On 7/07/2022 by Allison K
I truly can't say enough about Jen (owner) and her team at Destination Events Hawaii. From the moment I first reached out to my wedding day, they went above and beyond in every way. She thoroughly answered every question (and I had a lot!) and ...
addressed every concern. All of our guests commented how great the food and service was. For those who had traveled out of state, treating them to a good meal and convenient bar service was important to us. As someone who has worked in the service industry, I notice the little things, like ensuring everyone's water is full at all times, being ready with a recommendation or a substitute and always having a smile. This was absolutely true of DEH. Jen wasn't able to make it to my wedding day, but I think it says a lot about a business when the team is just as capable to carry on and deliver an above-and-beyond experience without the owner present. There is so much that goes into catering, and it can be overwhelming for a bride-to-be. Thank you to DEH for everything. Trust me, they are worth it!
Reviewed On 10/10/2011 by Amy Love B
We choose this as our reception site 6 months prior for our 25 guests. But within 2 weeks of our "day" we find out via FB that the chef we had been working with left. At this point we begin working with their Sales & Marketing manager who...
clearly hasn't had any training with wedding receptions. She seemed more concerned with their bottom line then hosting our event as per the contract we had set up with the original chef. This person missed phone conference times that had been set up, never returned emails and lacked any professional courtesy that should be shown to a bride the week and a half before their wedding. After a few un-returned emails from her, I decided to take matters into my own hands and contact the new chef directly. This is when I was introduced to yet another new person the week before our wedding reception. This person was the new assistant event planner that had been on the job for only one week and was now my only "point of contact" at this venue. It was unnerving to be yet again passed off to someone who was brand new to the job and a person who I didn't know or trust to have our best interests in mind. She finally arranged a conference call with the new chef, herself and my husband and I to finally go over the menu and details of our night. The phone call went ok and we set up a time to meet in person once we were on the island to finalize all of the details.
The new chef raised our original prices to "recoup our operating expenses" and the any new items added to the agreement were about twice as much as they should have been, ie all our original service ware cost us $3.5/head and the new champagne flutes and cocktail glasses each cost $2.5/glass (now an additional $5/head when everything else was only costing us $3.5/head?) When I asked if the assistant coordinator could order us linens for the tables she relied with, "no and that is why people hire wedding coordinators". I was furious to say the least.
On the night of our event, the food was the ONLY saving grace. It was good but not good enough to excuse the behavior of the staff: I witnessed the event coordinator drinking our beer and when I approached her she said, "it is a local Hawaiian beer you've probably never heard of." I saw the bartender pouring our toasting champagne into the chef's mug. The bartender was suppose to serve a welcome cocktail which he never did nor cared to do. When I asked him to walk around with wine to serve he said sure and then just sat on his butt all evening. The food service was rushed, there was no attentiveness by staff whatsoever. As soon as the plates were cleared, the cake was served without utensils and then they were just thrown in a heap in the middle of the table. At 8:30pm the assistant started to harass us for our final payment check. At 9:42pm the assistant informed us that the party was ending at 9:45pm when our agreement for 6 months had been 10pm. The chef never came out once to say hello or check on us, never even acknowledged that we were there. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone for a wedding reception. Admittedly, the assistant coordinator had told me we were there "guinea pigs" and now I would like everyone to know that they failed. Please heed my words, the staff was rude, unprofessional and snotty. Do NOT choose this place if you want to have a care-free and stress-free night! We sure didn't and we don't think anyone else should have to endure this agony!