|Sunset on Oahu // Photo by Freeimages.com/Mindy Ka|
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort recently announced that its Ocean Crystal Chapel has been refreshed and has reopened as the AKALA Chapel under the management of Watabe Wedding Corporation.
A traditional Hawaiian blessing and grand opening of the AKALA Chapel was held on February 12.
The AKALA Chapel, located in the center of the vast grounds of Hilton Hawaiian Village, is bordered by a stunning lava rock waterfall and surrounded by a lovely garden pool, island blooms and tropical greenery. The first floor features a spacious guest lounge and an elegant bride’s room.
The airy second story features seating for 50 guests and floor-to-ceiling windows providing the perfect backdrop to a special day. Couples may also opt for the adjacent AKALA Gazebo for a venue at a smaller capacity of up to 25 guests.
After the ceremony, the wedding party has easy access to spectacular photo opportunities at Duke Kahanamoku Beach, and the backdrop of world-famous Waikiki.
“AKALA” in the Hawaiian language references the sun, and characterizes the abundant sunlight which shines into the chapel. In addition to the AKALA Chapel and Gazebo, the White Beach Chapel offers a 40-capacity venue offering stunning views of the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and Pacific Ocean through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The White Beach Chapel is operated by Karissma by Best Bridal Hawaii.
A la carte pricing for ceremonies starts from $2,500 for both chapels and includes a 90-minute reservation at the facility, wedding rehearsal, ceremony coordinator, and a keepsake marriage certificate.
The a la carte pricing for the gazebo starts from $1,000 for a 60-minute reservation of the area, coordinator and keepsake marriage certificate.
The experienced wedding teams can also assist with ceremony packages that include officiates, musicians, photographers, fresh flower lei and more.