Our wedding will be at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa on Keauhou Bay.

Go to their site to check out some of the amazing spaces, views and amenities that this place has to offer!

Unfortunately, our room block has already closed, so no more reservations can be made in it. If you don't have a room and need one, send us a message and we'll see what we can do. If you already have a room booked, you can still contact Kori Gacayan at the hotel (email: or phone: 808-930-4900), if you need any customer service for that reservation.

For those who already have a room in the block, here's a reminder of what you're getting with it:

  • The prices are the best prices you will find. They match any price we could find at the hotel at any time of year (After you account for the resort fee. See below.), and they blow sites like Expedia out of the water.
  • No resort fee. Usually the resort fee is $30 per night. It is not optional and it is never in the advertised price. If you do any comparison shopping, remember that the rates you see will have $30 per night added to them, and then taxes on top of that.
  • But we get all the benefits afforded by the resort fee anyway! So you'll still have internet access, free parking and access to things like on-resort activities and the Keauhou Resort Trolley shuttle.
  • The rate is changeable and cancelable without penalty until 72 hours before checkin. Most non-specialty (i.e. not AAA or AARP) rates at this hotel are prepaid and nonrefundable. This will make it much easier if you hope to come to our wedding but can't be 100% sure until closer in that you'll be able to make it or what your dates of travel will be.
  • If you belong to the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, these reservations are points-earning and count towards elite status. If you are already an elite with the program, you will still be able to enjoy all of your status benefits.

Some notes about booking from the room block:

  • The following room types are available at these nightly rates:
    • Mountain View - $179
    • Partial Ocean View - $194
    • Ocean View - $209
    • Oceanfront - $224
    • Ohana Suite - $299
  • Descriptions and pictures of the different room types can be found here.
  • The room block will only be open to new reservations until June 13, 2016. That's 32 days before the wedding, so book in advance.
  • The listed prices don't include taxes and are only for double occupancy. If you want to register additional people as staying in the room, each person will raise the rate by $70. Let your conscience be your guide.
  • The hotel is a smoke-free hotel. There is no smoking in any of the rooms or on the balconies or walkways. (But it's easy to walk off property. Even from your room, it should never take you more than 3-5 minutes to get somewhere where you can smoke if you need to.)

If you will have access to a car, and were hoping to find a wider range of price options for lodging, feel free to search your preferred travel site for alternatives in Kailua-Kona, HI or Captain Cook, HI. You will still absolutely be welcome by the Sheraton for all of our planned wedding events.





We have hammered out a deal with Alaska Airlines to offer 5% off airfare for anyone flying to Kona for our wedding from any US city that Alaska serves.

5% isn't going to make or break the budget for anybody, but hopefully it'll help a little bit. The code is ECMW596 and it can easily be used when booking directly with Alaska Airlines. Just make sure the code is in the "Discount Code" text box. You can also read the full list of terms and conditions for the code there, but here are a few tips from us:

  • Kona (KOA) is the airport want to fly into. The only other airport on the island with commercial service is Hilo (ITO), but that service is primarily to other islands and Hilo is about a two-hour drive from Kona.
  • Alaska doesn't fly directly to KOA from SFO, but they do from OAK and SJC. To fly out of SFO, you'd have a connection. If you're flying from San Francisco, we'd suggest either using "Bay Area (All Airports)" as your origin or checking the "Include nearby departure airports" checkbox.
  • Connecting always makes travel to Hawai'i more expensive.
  • Alaska and United are the only airlines that will fly you from the Bay Area to Kona directly at all. Everyone else will have you connect either elsewhere on the West Coast (Delta, American) or in Honolulu/Maui (Hawaiian, Virgin America). 
  • The acceptable travel dates for use of the Alaska discount are July 8-22, 2016. If you will be flying one direction within that range, but outside of it for the other direction, you can still shop with the code, the discount simply won't be applied to flights outside those dates.
  • The discount can't be used combined with other discounts, such as the Companion Pass from your Alaska Airlines credit card. It also can't be applied to flights on Alaska's partners, such as American and Delta.
  • Unlike the room block rate from the hotel, we can't say that our rates will always be lower than anything else you can find online. Please shop around, and if you find something that suits you better than our discount code on Alaska, either due to price or schedule, please do book that instead! Now is an awesome time to use that Companion Pass!

Not sure when you need to get to the island by? Check out the schedule! Most people will want to arrive by late evening on Thursday, July 14th. If you really want to live dangerously, you could probably arrive as late noon on the 15th, but who wants to go to Hawai'i to race against a schedule or be stressed about a late flight? Because of the time difference, most people will easily be able to work Thursday and still catch a flight out Thursday evening.

After you've booked your airfare, please let us know your itinerary. That way we can have a better idea of when people are coming and going, and we can account for everyone using the code when we write up our final event report to the airline.





If you plan on exploring the island at all beyond the resort and the Kailua-Kona old town, we highly recommend you rent a car. All of the major car rental agencies have cars available at the Kona airport. Our room block at the Sheraton includes free self-parking.

If you don't think you'll be renting a car and will need a ride from and to the Kona airport, please let us know and we will attempt to connect you with someone who is renting a car and can offer you a ride. If that doesn't work out, there is an airport shuttle that can be booked for a fee.

Once you are at the resort, they offer a free trolly that operates once every two hours between 9AM and 9PM that can take you to Kailua-Kona old town, shopping and some of the more modest beaches.

Kilauea, the always-erupting volcano on the west side of the island, is a 2-hour drive away, and will require a car. Hapuna Beach (which is probably the most celebrated beach in the state, possibly after Waikiki, depending on your definition of "celebrated") is about an hour away from the resort, and unless you caravan out with us on Saturday, you'll also need a car to get there. Here are some  more possible activities to help you decide if you want to stay close-by or explore further.


Travel Hacking

Travel Hacking


Do you have a stash of frequent flyer miles or hotel points? Already have an Alaska Airlines or Starwood credit card, or interested in getting one or both? If used correctly, any of these things may dramatically help reduce the cost of this trip. Let us know if you'd like some help with a bit of travel hacking strategy.