On December 2, 2013, Same Sex Marriage became legal in Hawaii! On June 26, 2015, Gay and Lesbian Marriage became legal in ALL FIFTY STATES! Here is some information if you are planning a same sex wedding on Kauai this year. Finally, marriage is two people, committing themselves to each other, building a solid secure future together.
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Julie D. Wirtz, Kauai Officiant for weddings, vow renewals, funerals, etc.
If you have questions regarding same sex marriage in Hawaii, and the rules and process for couples who are already in a civil union or other domestic partnership, many of those Frequently Asked Questions are listed on the Governor's Blog regarding the 2013 bill. There's also a lot of good information on the Marriage Equality FAQs.
Will getting married save on your tax bill? By getting married by the end of the year, same sex couples can save on their taxes by filing "married filing jointly" just as opposite sex couples can.
Your first step, if you are getting married within one year, is to apply for your marriage license, by filling out the application here:
Then, make an appointment with one of the marriage license agents on Kauai to get your license issued. Both partners must appear in person, and show photo ID. Some agents charge $5 to process the application. Be sure to have $5 with you.
Current Marriage and Civil Union License Agents on Kauai:
Kauai Marriott Resort (Lihue) :
– Jacqueline Garces
– Sergio Meza
Jill Kosen 808-246-2779 Office located at Photo Spectrum 2987 Umi Street in Lihue.
Wailua : Walter (Kamika) Smith III 808-821-6887 or Darlene Kapana 808-821-6880 or Walter Smith Jr., 808-822-3467 at Smith's Motor Boat Offices, north of Wailua River
174 Kuamoo Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746 You can e-mail Kamika at email@example.com
Hanalei: Dayna Santos 808-826-7742, or Jamie Listman 808-652-4005 at Relish Salon - . Relish Salon is located at
5-5161 Kuhio Hwy #210, Hanalei , HI 96714
Koloa on the South Shore: Ellen O'Connell, 808-742-7305 , or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wine Shop is located in Koloa town, across from the Post office. 5470 Koloa Rd, Koloa, HI 96756
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How many witnesses are required in Hawaii?
A. NONE! In Hawaii, there used to be 2 optional boxes where witnesses could sign. In 2012, those boxes were replaced with a box to enter a contact phone number and email address.
Q. If we want a Kauai Beach Wedding, do we need a permit?
A. Yes, if you wish to be married on a Kauai Beach, or any beach in Hawaii, I will need to get a permit. It is something I as your officiant handle, or a wedding coordinator if you have one. If you opt not to hire a Kauai wedding officiant or coordinator, and plan to have a friend officiate your wedding instead, then you will need to go through the steps to get the permit yourself. It's not all that difficult or expensive, but you will need to get special "one day" event insurance. I carry the necessary insurance and am in the wiki permit system already, and of course am familiar with the beaches on Kauai.
Q. Can I change my name after the wedding?
A. Yes, couples may take each other's last names, middle names, or you might choose to use a name that was previously yours, through birth or marriage. When deciding whether to change your name or not, keep in mind that there are still some backward states that may give you trouble changing the name on your State ID or Driver's License, even though the Federal Government is cool with it..... Here is one article describing the trouble one couple had: