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4.9 out of 5.0
Reviewed On 1/10/2023 by Emily B
The most beautiful and magical wedding venue on Maui!! We had our ceremony and reception at this stunning spot, and we had an extraordinary sunset. The house was also perfect for getting ready.
Reviewed On 9/30/2021 by Sarah M
Olowalu Plantation House may be the best wedding venue on the island. We’re biased, but we couldn’t dream of anything more magical. The plantation house offers privacy and intimacy that many other venues on the island lack. The brick overlay an...
d bistro lighting create the perfect ambiance for any wedding. With unblocked ocean views and one of a kind sunset photo opportunities on the jetty, you can count on having the wedding of your dreams.
Reviewed On 12/11/2019 by Elise L
BOOK IT right now! This venue was the venue of our dreams. Absolutely breathtaking views and they were easy to work with. It comes pretty bare bones (ie you have to bring in your own catering / rentals) but it is so worth it for how gorgeous it...
is! It’s also Secluded (not at or next to big resorts) but only a few minutes drive from the resort towns.
Reviewed On 12/06/2019 by Kathleen S
If you are planning a wedding on Maui Olowalu Plantation House is a dream come true. It is private, on the beach with plenty of parking. You need to hire a wedding planner to chose this location. Contact Laurie at Makena weddings 808.879.714...
9. Go to Olowalu Plantation's website and see how perfect it is many of the weddings you see in these pictures were planned by Makena Weddings. https://olowaluplantationhouse.com/
Reviewed On 11/10/2019 by Ryan E
Olowalu Plantation House was such an incredible venue!! Every corner had BEAUTIFUL backdrops for photos and left us with amazing memories. The most amazing scenery and so many different locations for a lot of different types of photos. So happy...
we had our wedding here!!
Only downside was having a wedding in August it gets pretty hot, and the house didn't have A/C in all rooms. The room the men were getting ready in was very hot, so would just suggest adding more cooling inside.
Reviewed On 6/27/2019 by Kristina C
Most stunning views, ocean front, private, and beautiful sunset. There is no other place to have a wedding on Maui!
Reviewed On 2/16/2019 by Renee M
Jaw droppingly beautiful property. Exceeded all our and our guests' expectations. Lots of room, yet intimate and private. Fantastic views - we saw whales off the coast at our wedding! Lush green grass, whimsical large trees. Perfect in every wa...
y. Recommended to everyone.
Reviewed On 9/18/2018 by Christina G
My dream venue! The prettiest venues I have ever seen. I am beyond happy that I had my wedding there. The view was everything!
Reviewed On 6/04/2018 by Adam N
Wow! What a dream! Olowalu Plantation House was paradise. Donna was a lovely host. The property is well manicured and nestled in the sweetest town of Lahaina. The venue is the perfect setting for an intimate celebration. Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 5/21/2018 by Beckylee G
This venue is one of BREATHTAKING beauty!! My husband and I were looking for a more private venue and that one of the things we loved most about it. The grounds were kept very nicely and our guest just loved the view that we had all night. We'r...
e still getting compliments about how amazing our location was. Unfortunately, it was 100% humidity the day of our wedding so it was warm (got marring May 2nd) but luckily they had put air condition in the bridal room and the mens room, so it was nice to go cool off from time to time. I can't say enough how beautiful this location was for us, it was worth every penny. <3
Reviewed On 3/14/2018 by Catherine R
Perfect location and venue! Even though this is a popular spot and many large weddings take place here, manager was helpful and accommodating for our smaller wedding.
Reviewed On 3/10/2018 by Jaclyn D
Almost a year later (we got married 03/18/17) and I still cannot get over the beauty of this location! Simply stunning area just south of Lahaina (Maui, HI) that feels completely removed from everywhere else. Love the peaceful vibes and the fac...
t that you aren’t connected to a more populated area. Only tip would be that there is no AC in the rooms so I would highly recommend getting hair & makeup done elsewhere and just getting dressed at the venue :)
Reviewed On 5/17/2017 by Eric M
There is no venue quite like Olowalu Plantation House. The pictures are always striking but nothing can compare to what it looks like in person. It is a private plantation-style estate with a sprawling green lawn and several palm trees directly...
on the ocean. The area gets plenty of sun, has tons of space, and is on one of the driest areas of Maui with great sunsets, not far from Lahaina. There are plenty of beautiful venues but Olowalu is so quiet, friendly, beautiful, and bright. As an added bonus Donna the property manager is great to work with, the outside area has a paved area for dining and dancing, and there are tons of parking for vendors and guests.
If you value privacy, open space, and a beautiful scenic view in a convenient area of Maui for guests, then you will not do better than Olowalu Plantation House!
Reviewed On 11/06/2016 by Mallory B
The most beautiful place I've ever seen!!! We felt so lucky to find this venue and it was a dream come true!!!
Reviewed On 7/31/2016 by Knottie1469858041
This venue is stunning, we had so many compliments on our choice for our wedding location. The only complaint I had was that it was a July wedding and while getting photos done there was no air conditioning in the rooms and the fan was broken i...
n the one bedroom and very weak in the other. Other then that, worth it!
Reviewed On 4/06/2016 by Rachelle S
We chose to have our wedding at Olowalu Plantation House sight unseen, by using reviews and photos online. It was important to have a private property so we didn’t have random onlookers which you often get when you have a beach or hotel weddin...
g. The booking/contract process with the property manager, Donna, was very easy. She held our date until the deposit was received, and we received the damage deposit refund within a month after our wedding date. You are required to have a wedding planner in order to use this property, as well as liability insurance (our planner provided this). The House itself is old and charming. There is no A/C in the house, but our wedding was in November so we opened the windows and doors, which allowed a nice cooling breeze to go through the house. We booked the property all day, so arrived for 10:00am to get ready. The guys got the front room to get ready in, while the girls had the rest of the house. I was set up in the Bridal room which had a beautiful view out across the lawn to the ocean and it was so nice to be able to sit and look out as I sat having my hair and makeup done. The property is beautiful, clean, has a variety of vegetation/flowers, and is well-maintained. We only had 40 guests but the property didn’t seem too large or empty at all, in fact it was nice that we had plenty of space for everything (drink table, ceremony area, guest book table, cocktail tables and ottomans, bar, cake table, 4 dinner tables plus our sweetheart table, DJ table, ice cream sundae table). There are many beautiful locations for photos in the House and around the property. There is a full catering kitchen for your caterers to prepare dinner, 2 bathrooms in the house for the wedding party, bathrooms outside the house for the guests, and plenty of parking available. There is a locking closet to put your valuables in once your group is mostly out of the house (say during the ceremony/reception) so you don’t need to worry about anything being stolen that you lock up. We had our ceremony under one of the large palm trees overlooking the ocean. It could not have been more picturesque. We had cocktails and dinner set up on the concrete pad which we liked so the tables didn’t have to sit on the grass. The concrete pad was also used for the dancefloor during the reception. The sunset was stunning from southwest-facing Olowalu. A few guests found it a little difficult to find, but in all cases this because they were given wrong directions from their hotel (they were sent to the Plantation House, even though everything we sent out clearly stated the correct property name and address). We were able to get onto the property the day before to have a quick tour with our planner and photographers to decide on photo locations, as well as to have a ceremony rehearsal. It was a little disappointing to have to be off the property at 10:00pm (Maui law for outdoor weddings), but we thought that people typically start leaving weddings around then anyway, and some people who wanted to keep celebrating moved on to another location together. The only thing we were disappointed with was the use of sparklers was disallowed between us booking the venue and our wedding, so we sadly were not able to have sparklers as we had planned. Everyone commented that our wedding was the most beautiful wedding they had ever attended, and I’m sure that was largely due to the beautiful Olowalu Plantation House venue.
Reviewed On 1/05/2016 by Emily W
Olowalu Plantion House is the most amazing waterfront venue in Maui! With a beautiful lawn and trees that are a hundred years old, you can just feel the love and magic from all the weddings performed here! We got married by the house and dined...
under the giant trees in the lawn. It was perfect! I couldn't have asked for a better venue!
Reviewed On 1/04/2016 by Carol D
You just can't go wrong with this location. It's stunning no matter which direction you look.
Note that if you don't want guests to walk through the mud you need to provide explicit directions about where to park, as the signs aren't clear a...
nd it looks obvious to park in the back with the vendors, where the mud is. It's a known problem because the manager told us about it, but after it was too late for us to send a note to our guests.
Other than that, this is the perfect wedding spot.
Reviewed On 12/09/2015 by Lydia G
Olowalu Plantation is not a venue worth your consideration but very much worth your booking. It is a gorgeous, peaceful, private, and one of a kind property with exceptional upkeep. There is a lot of space for parking at the front of the house....
The house itself is very comfortable and charming with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a nice living space and a great commercial kitchen. I felt so comfortable getting ready for my wedding day and it housed quite a bit of people-so it is quite spacious. The natural lighting you let in, from open windows and doors, is awesome for photos. The back lawn is gorgeous, spacious, green, and picture perfect with the ocean front off the back lawn. There is a paved area under a grand beautiful tree and an awesome peninsula off to the left side of the property (amazing for capturing some incredible photos! the view looking back to the island from that spot is unforgettable). This venue was such a major key factor in having an absolutely flawless wedding.
The venue's team was great. The property manager responded promptly when we requested information and a quote. They also worked so willingly and sweetly with my wedding planners and were available anytime we needed them once we were there. Huge props the maintenance and cleaning crew who keeps this venue flawless.
As if all of this wasn't enough the location of the venue is great. It is right on the edge of the really trendy and peaceful town of Lahaina (very much worth exploring if you are unfamiliar with the area). Also, Leoda's-a great and yummy restaurant & pie shoppe is right across the street. I held a wonderful rehearsal brunch there and the manager (Rosie) and the entire staff were great. It is conveniently in front of the venue and worth the visit.
To sum it all up: you will not regret booking the flawless Olowalu Plantation House. I was so blessed to have had my wedding at Olowalu Plantation and it will forever be a special place dear to my heart.
Reviewed On 10/03/2015 by Tiffany F
I was blown away by the shear beauty of this location. I had only seen pictures, as I don't live on Maui. Finally seeing the location of my wedding last month, took my breath away. The photos my friends took only with their cell phones are amaz...
ing. I can't wait to see my professional pictures. Donna who runs the plantation was very friendly and helpful. I had the property for 12 hours, and wish I could have stayed forever.
Reviewed On 7/01/2015 by Melissa M
The Olowalu Plantation House is truly a magical wedding venue. If you have only seen it in photos, it is even more beautiful in person.
The private estate features a cement pad for dancing, coral area, grass, amazing ocean views and a small...
house that the wedding party is able to get ready in (tip: Rent a portable AC unit, the house does not have AC and gets very warm, especially in the summer!). I briefly worked with Donna before getting my wedding planner, and she was very easy to work with. You do need to rent all of your chairs and tables – the venue fee is just for the location and use of the house. But it is worth it!
The ocean was a perfect backdrop to our wedding and our photos. I highly recommend Olowalu Plantation House for anyone that is looking for a private venue in one of the most beautiful spots in Maui.
Reviewed On 12/15/2014 by Robin M
I lived on Maui over 20 years ago, and visited Olowalu on several occasions. I always thought if I ever got married, it would be there.
Such a beautiful spot. The grounds are stunning and secluded. The mountains on one side and the ocean on...
the other. But convenient to Lahaina.
A magical place. Check out the website! Olowalu was recently featured in Bride Magazine as one of the top destination wedding spots! I guess the secret is out.
Donna, the contact for Olowalu was a wonderful lady to work with. Responsive to email questions and very accommodating.
Reviewed On 9/02/2014 by Ashley B
This venue location, I originally located before my Husband and I got engaged. When we got engaged in Maui, I knew I had to drag him there to see it in person before we flew back to California. As soon as he saw it he fell in love with its char...
On our Wedding Day it was perfect, we had a storm in the morning and after it was sunny and warm. My guests are constantly telling me still that is the most perfect venue they have ever been to. I can not think of one negative thing about this venue. It truly is a step back through time with the architecture and the seclusion.
Reviewed On 8/07/2014 by Caitlin H
My husband and I recently got married at the Olowalu Plantation House. I researched a lot of different venues on Maui, and couldn't get over how beautiful the pictures were! Nick and I went to check it out 3 days before our big day and were ...
stunned how magical it was. The house itself was so beautiful. It had the classy "old hawaiian" feel and made a perfect backdrop for pictures! I loved that my girls and I could get dressed in two of the rooms without worrying about the guys seeing us. There was a great room for the guys to get ready in as well. The porch served as a great place to hang out before the ceremony.
Our ceremony was held overlooking the ocean with a stunning palm tree to the side of our bamboo arch. The trade winds were blowing during the ceremony, which made a huge difference considering it was a July wedding.
I didn't realize when booking that Olowalu is a sacred place to the Hawaiians, but it made me so happy hearing from all the vendors that I couldn't have picked a prettier spot. Our caterers also loved that Olowalu has a full kitchen for food prep:) I would 100% recommend Olowalu to anyone getting married in Maui!
Reviewed On 12/03/2013 by Monica M
We booked the 3 hour sunset time frame at Olowalu Plantation House for our November 26th, 2013 wedding ceremony. It was PERFECT!! The house is beautifully maintained, the landscaping is gorgeous, the private beachfront lawn area can't be beat...
! We were mostly sheltered from the afternoon trade winds and had the most beautiful sunset. The whales even put on a show for us during and after the ceremony. We opted for the 3 hour rental to help keep the cost down. It was the perfect amount of time to have 45 minutes to get dressed, have the ceremony, champagne toast, sunset pictures, and then we all went off to a nice sit down dinner in Lahaina. You won't be disappointed with Olowalu!!
Reviewed On 11/13/2013 by Jessica W
I had so many guests say that our wedding was like a dream and it truly was. I used minimal decorations because Olowalu is an unbelievable location that I highly recommend to anyone looking to wed on Maui.
Reviewed On 10/28/2013 by Ethelinda R
We can't express how happy we are with Olowalu Plantation House. The ambience throughout the whole day was great - from the ceremony, the reception, the sunset. The whole place was just magical. Our Wedding Coordinator suggested the lighting...
for the event including lighting up the ocean. OMG, what a difference that made. The whole day was perfect.
Reviewed On 8/27/2013 by Tiffany K
I fell in love as soon as I saw this venue. The house is gorgeous and and big lawn area made for a beautiful place to have a party. The property owner was really easy to work with and most of the vendors you use, know this venue like the back...
of their hand. My wedding day turned out perfect which is really weird to say since nothing is perfect, but my idea of perfect is everyone having fun, the vendors doing their job (exceptionally!), and me getting married to the love of my life. The magic that this venue emits will be felt by many more brides who choose this as their venue.
Reviewed On 7/30/2013 by Kathlene f
I had my wedding on July 13,2013 at the olowalu plantation house. The olowalu plantation house location was beautiful. It is private and romantic. The scenery on the ocean front is perfect for a wedding.
Reviewed On 4/27/2013 by Leisha K
I could never have imagined a more beautiful venue for my wedding. Olowalu is the perfect backdrop with more amazing photo opportunities then you could ever want. It will forever be one of my favorite places.
Reviewed On 12/16/2012 by Lindsay C
We were very happy with the Olowalu Plantation House as the venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. The house itself is very well decorated (which makes for some nice pre-ceremony photos!) and the grounds are well-maintained and pretty. ...
Convenient to Lahaina and the beaches on the west side of Maui. While in some ways having a wedding here is a bit more work (you have to bring everything in, which virtually necessitates hiring a coordinator - and I think they might require it), you can adjust everything according to your preferences. Also, it's extremely private (no crashers or random onlookers!) I don't think you can go wrong here.
Reviewed On 11/18/2012 by Stephanie F
Olowalu is an amazing place to get married. It is the most beautiful venue I've ever seen. The house is old Hawaiian plantation style- you can use it to get ready in, as well as the caterers can use the kitchen. The grounds are spacious and im...
maculate. You are right on the ocean and get married right on the water. It was easy to book, though it's a popular place. It's pricey, because you have to bring in all rentals. It's worth it though!
Reviewed On 10/14/2012 by Megan F
Astonishingly beautiful venue!
Reviewed On 9/23/2012 by Kari G
The Grounds were beautiful, the service was not. I would say the place looks amazing - but good luck with the rest.
Reviewed On 4/22/2012 by Jessica J
It was love at 1st sight when we saw the Olowalu Plantation House in person. We knew this was where we wanted to get married. The house and grounds are beautiful with lots of great places to take photos,etc.
Our guests loved the venue and sa...
id it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever attended.
The only downside is that you have to bring in tables,chairs, etc for the ceremony and reception which adds to the wedding costs.
Reviewed On 4/05/2012 by Wendy S
When I envisioned my destination wedding, I imagined the water, the sand and a tropical paradise. Olowalu was all of this and more. I can't imagine a more amazing place to hold a wedding.
Reviewed On 2/18/2012 by Aleessa E
The pictures do not do this venue justice!! Everyone told us that if we could stretch the budget, to have our wedding here and I’m soooo glad we did!!! The house and grounds and just spectacular, we even had whales breaching in the background d...
uring our ceremony! Book Olowalu, you will be blown away!! A true special location for the wedding of your dreams!!
Reviewed On 2/12/2012 by Tanya W
What a beautiful venue. An oceanfront estate with a sweet bungalow, we received so many rave reviews from our guests on the venue. The house was perfect for getting ready in and the rooms are decorated well for photos. The lawn is large enough ...
that you can have separate areas for the ceremony, cocktail hour, the reception and the dancing. The whales that made multiple appearances during the cocktail hour just took everything to a whole new level.
Reviewed On 1/01/2012 by ty m
There's a reason why Olowalu gets a lot of weddings. It is simply stunning and elegant. Everyone in our wedding was amazed at Olowalu's beauty. The place is truly unforgettable.
Btw, below are tips on how to better get "value" from Olowalu:...
-Since you can only use Olowalu with a wedding planner/coordinator (no DIY), make sure your wedding planner takes care of the required insurance by Olowalu (this saved us $350)
-Great photo opportunities at the north side (coconut trees) and south side (mangroves) of the site, along with the coast
-Ask for whatever discount you can get (Kamaaina, student, etc.) They gave me a 10% military discount.
Overall, its a great place, and the property manager Donna Poseley is easy to deal with.
Reviewed On 12/18/2011 by Melissa K
I wasn't able to see the venue until the day before the wedding. It's hard to pick a venue by just photos alone but I'm very pleased with our decision to have our wedding at Olowalu. It was a gorgeous place to have a wedding. The house on site ...
had ample room for us to get ready and also have some privacy. There was so much room for our family and friends to walk around and mingle. It was the most prefect setting and place to hold our dream wedding.
Reviewed On 11/07/2011 by Chelsea N
This venue was absolutely incredible. The house is very charming and the grounds are meticulously kept in excellent condition. I had never been to Maui before and booked this venue without seeing it in person, and was blown away the day we show...
ed up for our rehearsal the morning before the actual wedding. We used this venue for our ceremony only and had the reception elsewhere to save some money. You won't be disappointed!
Reviewed On 6/01/2011 by Johanna G
This location takes your breath away.
Couldn't have dreamt of a better place for an outdoor wedding.
They have a house where you and your wedding party can get ready.
A little pricey but well worth it.
Hard to book.
Reviewed On 4/06/2011 by pamela s
we absolutely felt like we had fallen onto a little slice of heaven. Beautiful spacious grounds overlooking the ocean that accomodated the service, reception and space to play croquet and bocce ball between. The plantation house itself is quai...
nt and lovely. A perfect location for getting ready and relaxing. We couldn't have asked for a better place. It was absolutely perfect.
Reviewed On 3/10/2011 by Shannon C
The pictures hardly do this venue justice! Its breathtaking in person.
Reviewed On 12/31/2010 by Mandy N
We booked Olowalu based on reviews online and pictures...and the pictures did not do the property justice! It was secluded, gorgeous and perfect for our wedding of 47 people! The house was great to get dressed in- but it was quite warm. No A/C,...
just fans. But the house itself is beautiful. The only downside was depending on the time of day/weather- the lightening can be really harsh. We were married December 4th at 4 pm, and I was walking into the sun...plus it can get a bit windy for pictures (just in case you are thinking of having your hair down). But the jetty/pier was stunning for our portraits..love love love Olowalu.
The downside is the cost is just to rent the property! You have to bring in all your own vendors, plus the music has to be off at 10 pm.
Reviewed On 12/11/2010 by Kristina W
The Olowalu Plantation House is truly the most beautiful place to have your wedding. The house itself is charming, the estate is private yet extremely open, and it is right on the water. You will walk away with amazing photos if you get marri...
ed here! It is a bit warm and stuffy in the rooms since there is no a/c so I wouldn't recommend getting hair and make-up done inside (shoot for your hotel room).
Reviewed On 11/23/2010 by Justine B
I got married at Olowalu Plantation House on November 6, 2010. The venue is absolutely breathtaking with panoramic views of the ocean and it is the perfect place to view a gorgeous sunset; I did not get a chance to visit the wedding site prior...
to the wedding and I must say that the photos online did not do it justice! The beautifully decorated plantation house was a great place to store the bridal party's things and to hang out prior to the ceremony, although it did get a little hot as it does not have A/C. There is also a cement dance floor near the reception area which is a big plus! All in all, my guests loved it and I couldn't have asked for anything more in a venue. I highly recommend Olowalu as a great location for a wedding--it is worth every penny!
Reviewed On 11/06/2010 by Lesley H
Our ceremony was in a church but we had our wonderful reception at the plantaton house. It was perfect. The location and view were beautiful by themselves. Have to check it out for yourself at least as an option!
Reviewed On 10/21/2010 by Rhonda C
I loved that we chose Olowalu for our wedding. We had the most beaufiful day there. The home is a nice size for everyone to change. It has a lovely bride room with vintage decor. The grounds are amazing with lovely places for photos. It has be...
ach, mountains and the prettiest sunsets. A lovely place for a wedding
Reviewed On 10/18/2010 by Jesseca K
Absolutely amazing. Not only beautiful, but full of amazing aloha spirit and old hawaii feel.
Reviewed On 9/16/2010 by Maritza H
This place is the absolute best in Hawaii. Perfect view and weather!
Reviewed On 8/21/2010 by Muffy G
Great site with lovely ocean views and the whales were out folicking during the ceremony.
Lots of regulations that seemed a bit rigid.
Reviewed On 7/02/2010 by Andrea H
I would absolutely recommend this location for the perfect dream Hawaiian wedding. If I had to do it all over again, it would be Olowalu, hands down. The perfect location, calming, breathtaking views, different landscapes for pictures, a quaint...
plantation house with wrap-around porch to get ready in....so lovely. My only complaint would be the lack of A/C in the house. We were a bit sweaty getting into our dresses before the ceremony!
Reviewed On 5/16/2010 by Alyson L
This is a great mix of drop dead gorgeous oceanfront location and rustic plantation house charm. I couldn't have asked for a more breathtaking location. One of the highlights of my day was sitting out on the lanai, getting my hair and make-up d...
one, while listening to the sound of the surf crashing against the rocks. Just stunning. Be warned, Olowalu does funnel a lot of clouds. We had 5 minutes of mist descend on us, but no one minded in the least! It was the perfect choice!