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Venues and Catering in Kailua Kona, HI,
(808) 339-7824
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    Briona Petrous

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  • I can't say enough good things about the staff and our experience at Papa Kona (Daylight Mind at the time we got married). Julia was an absolute dream to work with and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue coordinator. We were fortunate enough to meet her for a tasting before our wedding. The food was amazing, and after seeing the location (and visiting about 5 more times that trip) we knew that this venue was the one for us. Julia was the most attentive, organized, thoughtful, helpful, and insightful coordinator. She was always easily available for questions or recommendations. Daylight Mind made our day everything we could have imagined it to be. Everything the day of was seamless and we didn’t have to worry about a thing at the venue. Our guest couldn’t compliment the food, the view, the service, Julia, or the sunset more. I couldn’t recommend Papa Kona (Daylight Mind) enough. They are so accommodating and will make sure you have the most special day. We can’t wait unt... Read more

    Rey Joseph Buzon

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  • When we first started googling wedding venues in Kona, all we saw were the hotels in the area. We are so grateful that our officiant shared a list of venues that included Papa Kona (formerly Daylight Mind Coffee Company). The 5 star rating does not do this place justice. From our first contact with Alycia until our last song played, we experienced extreme professionalism and the Aloha spirit from everyone involved. Alycia was super attentive, flexible, and was diligent in ensuring our itinerary stayed on track. The set up was superb, the food was truly fantastic, and the bartenders did their best to keep the party going. If you are looking for a venue that offers a breath taking view for your wedding and want to hear your guests say, “this is the best wedding I’ve been to”, then I would highly recommend Papa Kona Events!

    Carina Orozco

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  • Our wedding at Papa Kona was the best, most fun day of our lives! This place is a gem with an attractive space that has the most breathtaking sunset views. It was exactly the vibe we wanted with our 100 guests. We felt connected to every person and enjoyed the dynamic layout. Everyone loved the food and cake. (Our family has not stopped talking about that buttercream!) We danced and partied the night away and the staff could not have been more awesome and accommodating! Planning a wedding is no small feat at a distance, but once we found Papa Kona everything seemed to be a breeze. The vendor list they provided was excellent and they have inclusive yet customizable wedding packages; Alycia will do her best to accommodate your special requests. We are so thankful to have worked with Alycia throughout this entire process. She is a rockstar at wedding planner and made sure the day went smoothly so we could just have fun and enjoy our wedding together. Thank you Papa Kona and Alycia for doi... Read more

    Tanner Coyle

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  • The wedding was absolutely perfect! Papa Kona made the planning process smooth from the beginning. Alycia was always helpful in responses and helping us lock down vendors, as well as keeping our planning timeline on track. We live in NYC, and did not go visit the venue until the day before we were getting married. It was better than the pictures made it seem! My wife and I want to go back to relive the day constantly. We had the food catered by them, and tasted both delicious and authentically Hawaiian. The staff made everything stress-free throughout the whole night and rehearsal day. The table settings and lighting at the venue were beautiful. I'd recommend this place to anyone! (so sad its over)

    Leahi

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  • WOW. The only word to encompass the venue, the food, and Julia! Our wedding reception was flawless. The decor was perfect, the food was top notch , and Julia even had a plate of appetizers waiting for us when we made our way to the venue after pictures. Every person there commented on how kind the staff was and how amazing eveything looked. She answered every email and question I had for her, even pertaining to things outside the reception. You can’t go wrong with a venue on the water and a coordinator that is up with the best of the best. Thank you Julia and Daylight Mind!

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    Aloha Leahi, I have your thank you card hanging in my office! I loved getting to help you and Ryan with your wedding reception, and I still see your dad around town. I look forward to seeing you two when you come home to visit! Warmest aloha, Julia and the Daylight Mind Team

    Kevin

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  • Having Julia there to help us plan our wedding from 2,500+ miles away (we're from Los Angeles) was by far the biggest benefit in the entire process. Honestly, we wouldn't have had it any other way! Everything from the flower arrangements to photographers/videographers to finding the perfect desserts, she knew it all. Two major hurdles, as I'm sure this is the case for any couple planning a destination wedding, are budget AND trusting that everything you choose will be up to par (since you can't taste the food, walk around the venue, etc. beforehand). It is safe to say that Daylight Mind provides great value for what they offer, and the food, service, and overall experience were top notch. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND starting the conversation with Julia to see how they can help you plan your dream destination wedding. She'll help you to take the stress out of planning and does a really good job of ensuring that you are in the moment throughout the day :)

    Briana Templeton

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  • Papa Kona was our first choice for venues and it did not disappoint!  So many of our guests kept telling us that it was their "favourite wedding they'd ever been to" which was so nice to hear, and we think this was mostly thanks to the amazing food and lovely setting (the mai tais probably helped too). We live in Canada, and planned our wedding from afar. So, we booked the venue before seeing it in person. Alycia and her team were super organized, communicative, flexible, patient and friendly. They worked seamlessly with our photographer and florist to keep the process low stress. FOOD: We had the luau buffet for 30 guests and it was incredible (especially the kalua pork and taro au gratin)! The vegan and gluten free options also got great reviews from guests. We had plenty of leftovers, which we happily feasted on the next day.  For the cake, we opted for one with coconut icing and lilikoi curd filling - which was phenomenal and got demolished very, very quickly.  We also... Read more

    Natasha L Sandusky

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  • From day one of choosing this venue to the day of our wedding, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Alycia was there to answer any questions and was more helpful than I would have ever imagined. A destination wedding seemed daunting at first but she made the entire experience one that we will never forget. I can’t wait to come back and visit!!!

    Mary Albert

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  • My husband and I were married January 2nd in a beautiful and amazing waterfront ceremony at Papa Kona Events in Kona on the Big Island. Our guests said it was the “best wedding ever” and that “we nailed it”. The food was fantastic (I highly recommend the Kona coffee rubbed brisket), the cake was beautiful and you just can’t find a more stunning location. Anywhere. We ended up with exquisite sunset pictures. Alycia, our coordinator, was extremely helpful and professional. She really pulled it all together for us and made our wedding successful. All of our guests said they had a great time. If we had it to do all over again, there is nothing we would change. Our wedding was perfect!

    Jeannelle

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  • We had our small wedding ceremony at Papa Kona Events and I would recommend it to ANYONE who is planning a wedding. Alycia and her team was always quick to reply, they were very professional, and easy to work with. Thank you Papa Kona Events!!!

    Nikki

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  • Holy Moly....Never did I imagine such a beautiful evening. It was absolutely perfect. The weather held out, which was great considering it was October. The food, as always here, was superb. People are STILL talking about my cake. I opted for coconut cake with lilikoi mousse filling and a coconut frosting. Man alive, was it delicious. Corey did an AMAZING job with the flowers on my cake. Literally my dream cake. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. We opted for a full open bar and it was very reasonable for the amount of people we had. The location is amazing. We walked from our hotel in Kailua. It's right on the water with a perfect view of everything in Kailua and, of course, the sunset. Alycia was an absolute dream to work with. Very easy to correspond with, got back to me quickly and eased my nerves when I started to worry about rain. She even DISCREETLY handled an unruly guest that had too much to drink and took care of it without causing a scene, so it ... Read more

    Lauren Brooks

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  • Daylight Mind (now Papa Kona) was exactly what my husband and I were searching for! We got married in Sept 2019 and had just over 30 people. We looked at venues on all of the Hawaii islands and are so happy we chose Daylight Mind. Everything turned out perfectly. Julia and her team helped with everything from vendors, food selection, to day-of setup and timeline. They were a big of the part of the reason we chose Daylight Mind. It's so important to have a team who is willing to answer any questions you might have throughout the process. In terms of the space itself, we loved that you could get married by the water (without getting sandy) and have both cocktail hour and reception overlooking the water. The sunset views from the lanai are amazing. All of our guests enjoyed the venue and the food. The cake and ice cream sandwiches were a big hit! Daylight Mind/Papa Kona is definitely a special place and we would recommend it to anyone considering a wedding in Hawaii.

    Lauren

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  • Daylight Mind (now Papa Kona) was exactly what my husband and I were searching for! We got married in Sept 2019 and had just over 30 people. We looked at venues on all of the Hawaii islands and are so happy we chose Daylight Mind. Everything turned out perfectly. Julia and her team helped with everything from vendors, food selection, to day-of setup and timeline. They were a big of the part of the reason we chose Daylight Mind. It's so important to have a team who is willing to answer any questions you might have throughout the process. In terms of the space itself, we loved that you could get married by the water (without getting sandy) and have both cocktail hour and reception overlooking the water. The sunset views from the lanai are amazing. All of our guests enjoyed the venue and the food. The cake and ice cream sandwiches were a big hit! Daylight Mind/Papa Kona is definitely a special place and we would recommend it to anyone considering a wedding in Hawaii.

    Erin Aus

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  • Our wedding at Papa Kona was a dream! The location is absolutely perfect with a waterfront ceremony and lanai overlooking the bay. The food was delicious, we had donuts instead of cake which were so good, too! The entire planning process was so easy with Alycia, she made me feel totally comfortable and at ease on our wedding day. I could relax, knowing that she was concentrating on the details and making sure our timing was on track and decor was set! We had 62 guests who all fit on the lanai perfectly, not too crowded and not too far apart, either! Overall, our experience at Papa Kona was AMAZING!

    Katrina Bejarano

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  • A destination wedding was never really a thought for us bc we figured it'd be crazy expensive. But when we came across Papa Kona here on the knot then stalked their social media, we thought, let's just inquire & see....and we are SO GLAD we did! We got married on NYE 19-20 & lucked out with perfect weather (rain day before & after, but no worries, there's a rainy day plan in case) for a beautiful late afternoon wedding. Not only was it affordable (we kept it small & got 2weeks in paradise vs a local wedding for 4x the amount of ppl) but it's basically a one stop shop with all your wedding needs (Ceremony -Totally provides an intimate setting, cocktail hour, reception, cake (delish), food (delish), bar packages (flexible options), favors, tables, chairs, white linens, tableware, dj, sound & lighting). Anything they don't offer, they provide you with referrals & social media makes it easy to research. From our first call & every call/email thereafter (Thank you for your time & patience A... Read more
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