Rustic Hawaiian Ruins – Maui Wedding Venue Feature

June 27, 2020


Last Updated on December 9, 2021 by Karma Hill

We are beyond excited to introduce one of our newest Maui wedding venues, the Rustic Hawaiian Ruins! If you’re looking for a venue that’s rich in culture and surrounded by unbelievable tropical beauty, look no further! Our couples now have the opportunity to say “I do” in the historical ruins of the Kilolani Church. Built in 1852 by the Native Hawaiian historian and scholar, David Malo, the church once featured a thatched roof and blown glass windows, but after a devastating fire and severe flooding, the architecture was left in ruins. Yet even as ruins, the rustic and sacred beauty remains and then some!

The original hand-hewn coral and river rocks still embrace this venue but now the thatched roof has been replaced by the brilliant Maui sky. Located in sunny Kihei and just minutes away from Kihei Bay Surf and Menehune Shores Condos, the Rustic Hawaiian Ruins offers plenty of seating and ample parking. And did we mention swaying palms? Yep, endless swaying palms! Want to see more? Keep scrolling for an unforgettable styled shoot at our newest Maui wedding venue!

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In 1976, this beautiful site was revived as the Trinity Episcopal Church by-the-Sea and is preserved and cared for by their dedicated community. To replace the blown glass windows, this venue has simply let the spectacular Maui greenery do its thing. Palms reach over the ruins and kiawe trees extend into the blue skies.

With rows of pews and a stone-laid altar front and center, the ceremony design opportunities are endless. For this styled shoot, our immensely talented friends at Dellables incorporated rustic and Hawaiian elements to accent the historical nature of the ruins. Fresh fruit, palms, orchids, and old-timey candles elevate this ceremony into a dream of tropical chic!

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The fun-loving Chelsea and Cody were our gorgeous models for the day. Chelsea wore a boho gown with side cutouts and a neutral undertone that perfectly complemented Cody’s contemporary suit of cranberry and cobalt blue.

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And once again, Dellables knocked it out of the park with a gorgeous rustic Hawaiian bouquet and endless florals and greenery to rock this beautiful Maui wedding venue.

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Chelsea is one of the talented artists at Salon 253, so Adiel (the salon’s owner) treated her to incredible hairstyles! We’re loving the beachy waves of this retro glam! Keep scrolling for an elegant and rustic updo. Salon 253 offers bridal services via it’s bridal brand, Salon 253 Bride.

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Following the ceremony portraits, we whisked our couple all the way to the beautiful Keaka beach–and by “all the way” we mean just down the street. Yes, literally! Not only is our newest Maui wedding venue ridiculously gorgeous, but it’s also unbelievably convenient!

Keaka beach is a stones throw away from the ruins and features an abundance of gorgeous photo opportunities. Scarlet and pink bougainvillea, a natural pond, a manicured green park, and a rustic stretch of white sand make this beach an unforgettable locale for newly-wed portraits.

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Chelsea and Cody are engaged and plan to elope. These two lovebirds were a blast to work with and had us laughing throughout the shoot. We wish them all the smiles in the years ahead!

We can’t wait to coordinate real ceremonies at this spectacular Maui wedding venue! Special thanks to Dellables, Salon 253, and the Trinity Episcopal Church by-the-Sea for helping to turn this styled shoot into a reality!

Session Details

Maui Wedding Photographer: Cheynice from Karma Hill Photography

Maui Wedding Venue: Rustic Hawaiian Ruins

Wedding Floral: Dellables Wedding Florals & Designs

Hair & Makeup: Salon 253 Bride

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Karma Hill is the owner of Karma Hill Photography, Simple Maui Wedding, Simple Oahu Wedding, and Simple Hawaii Wedding, marking a significant presence in the Hawaii wedding community since 2007. With a wealth of experience and a vast collection of informative posts on weddings and photography in Hawaii, Karma Hill offers unparalleled expertise. Explore the world of photography and wedding planning across Hawaii by visiting Karma's websites.

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  1. Quimbey Ramerman says:

    Interested in this wedding package at the rustic Hawaiian Ruins.

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