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Venues and Planner in Kahuku,
(808) 777-8340
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4.8 out of 5
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    Gina & Caelan Wedding

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  • I met Elias through our photographer who helped us find a location for our engagements photos since the beaches were all closed. Elias manages the property that allowed us to take our photos and ultimately host our small intimate wedding (because we had to cancel our big wedding due to COVID and Elias we so great and accommodating, we were happy to have our wedding at his beautiful rental property!). Although I planned majority of the details of our wedding (we had a bunch of family friends who were our vendors), Elias was ready with a list of preferred vendors if we needed it. We also bought a package that came with the tables, chairs, linens, arch, lighting etc. so that we did not need any type of rental vendor at all. Transactions and communication was always seamless and Elias was so great at making sure the wedding I envisioned was the wedding that he would help produce. Him and his team worked to set up and breakdown everything that was needed for the day. The house we stay... Read more

    Sae Watabe

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  • I was very happy to have a relaxed wedding. Because I didn't need worry about table decoration, time schedule, setting up at all. Hiromi and Elias who is wedding planner were very helpful. The decoration was also very nice. Many guests also said It was best weeding. I am very grateful for the hospitality of the staff. It was a wonderful wedding that was truly memorable.

    Kate

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  • Elias at Laakea Weddings is absolutely wonderful. He walked through so many details for my wedding with me so that on the day of the event, I was not stressed at all. He’s kind, professional, easy to talk with, has lots of recommendations (but isn’t pushy), and works with a network of people in the wedding industry to make sure everything is flawless. He’s also very reasonably priced and considers your budget when helping you plan the day. I hired him about a year before I got married and he spoke with me several times on the phone and visited the beach house a few times to go over the reception and ceremony layout. One thing to keep in mind though, Elias is not going to keep on you to do things by a certain date. He will give you the knowledge that you need, help you come up with a schedule, and answer all your questions, but if you need someone who’s going to do it all for you or a lot of hand holding, you may want to go with someone else. He was perfect for me and I can’t... Read more

    Miwa Yamamuro

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  • Laakea Ocean Wedding helped us our dream wedding came true. Since most of our guests are from out of town, we wanted to have Hawaiian theme wedding. By their arrangement, we had fun Hawaiian dancers and musician, beautiful tropical flower all over the venue and tasty local meal. I highly recommend them for your special day!!!

    venus

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  • Elias is absolutely the best! He made everything so much easier. I couldn’t have done it without him. I was a stress free bride. Usually bride stress out so much on their wedding but having Elias as my wedding coodinator is a blessing! He assured me that everything is being taken care of. Thank you so much for everything. We appreciate all your hard work.

    Tamara

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  • I can’t express how happy we are with the services provided by Elias and Laakea Ocean Wedding. He exceeded all of our expectations. Elias went above and beyond what we needed him to do for our wedding. He was always available to answer any questions we had. He was always responsive, even with the time difference from Washington DC to Hawaii. He helped with getting flowers ordered for the wedding which looked and smelled amazing. He helped us find our caterer (Chef Angelina) who was awesome. Everyone raves about the food. On the weekend of the wedding, he came to the location the day before to do a rehearsal with us and to talk about all the details for the big day. The weather called for rain on our wedding day so he worked out a plan b which we ended up having to use and it still looked amazing. He worked with all the vendors to make sure they had what they needed and made sure they were in place on time. He and his team set up all the decorations, tables, chairs and served during... Read more

    Cheryl

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  • Elias Gonzalez is the utmost professional; his attention to detail is unsurpassed. My daughter's wedding was absolutely amazing and it was all due to Elias...couldn't have done it without him!. I would recommend Elias to anyone looking for a wedding coordinator; HE'S THE BEST AT WHAT HE DOES!!!!!.

    Jenny

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  • Elias and his team were the best on our wedding day! Planning was made so fun and simple with Elias' help and input. Their day of set up was seamless and amazing. He pulled off exactly what I had envisioned, all while being so sweet to our families and friends. When the bartender was in a car accident on the way, Elias changed and jumped in to help tend bar for our night. Again, above and beyond. We loved having you as a part of our day Elias and team! XO

    Michelle

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  • First off, Elias isn’t like most wedding coordinators . He sees what he does as a passion and the bride(s) and/or groom(s) as family who deserve the very best. He will be as involved or uninvolved as you want. I personally picked-out and worked directly with the photographer, hair/make-up, and bakery but utilized his expertise when it came to catering, flowers, and a bartender (use “his guy”, he was great!). He is very protective of his brides and is not afraid to have “difficult conversations” with folks to ensure “her” big day is as perfect. Several times he went above and beyond to ensure my day was exactly how I wanted. For example, he demand that the property owner of the estate where we married hire people to clean up the beach behind the property. He also called multiple hawaiian islands looking for someone who could supply the Plumerias I absoutely HAD to have. He even went to the airport to pick up the plumerias and delivered them to the florist. Talk abou... Read more

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    Mahalo Michelle for the kind worlds we just try to do as you deserve !

    Gail

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  • Our impression of the work of this company was overwhelmingly positive. We contracted with them to provide day-of coordination of a beach wedding on the North Shore of Oahu. Elias suggested very creative approaches to pacing and where to stage various aspects of the event. He suggested an exciting “reveal” of the beachfront ceremony seating area after gathering guests in another part of the property. He brought polite and well-dressed wait help and coordinated food service with the caterer exactly according to our schedule. Lots of small design touches by Elias enhanced the decor of the event. This company is a FIND for anyone planning a wedding on the island of Oahu. They are pros with design flair and we are happy to recommend them without reservation.

    Brittney

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  • Elias was the PERFECT person to help plan our wedding. We are from Texas so we weren’t familiar with the area and needed lots of help with vendors. Elias made it so simple for us and really brought everything together for the best wedding I could have imagined. He is super fun and completely understood the laid back atmosphere we wanted. I’m so glad we had him to help with everything!

    Marjie

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  • Elias at Laakea Ocean Wedding was absolutely amazing! He went above and beyond in making our wedding day go smooth and a beautiful day we will never forget! We showed up to a bad situation (the house I booked was not as expected and I was in shock and tears) and he reassurred us we would still have the perfect day. I couldn't imagine that at the time because it was pretty bad upon arrival. But he did it, he somehow made it all better and pulled it all together to give us the perfect wedding. My guests would've never known how the place looked days prior. On top of that, he is one of the nicest people too! Always smiling that great smile which is exactly what we needed. Lastly, this girl is all about a budget and being frugal. At first I thought I'm spending too much, do I really need a planner? The best investment was hiring him... especially planning a wedding from another state. He knows the right people, vendors and I'm sure I would've paid a lot more without him. We're so ... Read more

    Norielys

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    5 out of 5
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  • I researched a lot before choosing a wedding planner. When I visited Laakea Ocean Weddings' website, I just loved their pictures and what they offer. I message them, and 3 other vendors. Eli responded right away to let me know that he received the message and set up a time to talk. His eagerness and excitement on the phone was so contagious that I knew I didn't need to look any further. When I met him, I felt reassure that I made the right decision, that Eli and his team will make my dream beach wedding come true. And so they did! Eli and his team put everything together beautifully. Always available, he listened to my wants, and he carried through my vision. As I walked down the aisle, I couldn’t stop smiling, everything was so beautiful, gorgeous! I completely and honestly recommend Laakea Ocean Wedding to be trusted with whatever wedding dream you might have, they definitely made mine (ours) a special one. Nori

    Alina

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    4.2 out of 5
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  • When I first started working with Elias, I knew he was very knowledgeable because he's been working in the wedding industry for many many years. He offered great ideas for our wedding and suggested some vendors right off the bat. He was such a joy to work with because he's so friendly and genuinely cares about helping you make your wedding day spectacular. He was able to troubleshoot things with us and help with things we weren't able to do, since we moved off island several months before our wedding on Oahu. We worked with him for more than a year before our wedding (we started planning a long time in advance). And we worked with Kamala for the day-of coordination. She was on top of things as well to help make our wedding day wonderful and to help us stick to our schedule. Communication with your wedding planner/coordinator is key, so just be sure you have this! I would highly recommend Laakea Ocean Wedding, whether you live on Oahu or are planning a destination wedding!

    Naomi

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  • *update* Even though the weather took a turn and flooded our original site, the barn was absolutely g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s. The venue fee is on the higher side but since we used the barn it was totally worth it. If we had gone with our original plan, we basically would have paid twice the amount for the tents and the lights and not even used what the venue offered. Hiring a wait staff was highly encouraged but not required. Our wait staff did a no show, unfortunately, but I didn't feel it was a game changer since we were told that it wasn't required. Apparently, they will threaten to shut your reception down if they don't have a wait staff to clear the dishes. We also found out a week prior that we were in charge of hauling ALL the trash. TIP: hire the wedding coordinator KAMALA if you decide on this venue to make sure all your bases are covered. "Small" details like trash and wait staff should be the least of a bride's worries a week before the wedding.
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