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Hey there! I'm a photographer based in beautiful Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i, and I just have to tell you about this amazing oceanfront wedding venue called Papa Kona Events and Catering. Trust me, it's a dreamy spot for your special day! Imagine saying your vows with a stunning 180 degree view of the bay, while soaking in the gorgeous sunsets and feeling the cool ocean breezes. It's truly a picture-perfect setting. And the best part? The staff at Papa Kona Events and Catering will take care of you every step of the way. They're experts at making your dream wedding by the sea become a reality.

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But wait, there's more! Papa Kona Events and Catering isn't just for weddings. They also offer rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch options. So, you can keep the celebrations going before and after the big day! Now let's talk about the facilities and capacity. You'll have exclusive access to the second floor wraparound lanai and bar for the duration of your event. This space can seat up to 175 guests for dinner, or accommodate up to 300 standing for a cocktail-party. If you have a larger party, you can even rent the first floor for additional dinner seating. Plenty of options to make sure all your loved ones can join in on the fun! When it comes to services, Papa Kona Events and Catering has you covered. They provide an event coordinator to assist you every step of the way. Plus, they take care of the setup and cleanup, so you can focus on enjoying your special day. You don't have to worry about a thing! Oh, and did I mention the amazing cuisine? Papa Kona Events and Catering has a team of talented chefs who will create a plated or buffet menu that your guests will never forget. They proudly serve locally ranched beef, fresh caught local fish, and produce from Hawai’i farms. From a casual Ohana Taco Bar to a Hawaiian Luau Feast, or even a formal Signature Buffet, there's something to satisfy everyone's taste buds. And don't forget about the wedding cakes and desserts that are made in-house at their bakery. Yum! For those wondering about the location, Papa Kona Events and Catering is located on Waterfront Row in the historical downtown area of Kailua-Kona. It's conveniently close to the airport, hotels, and vacation rentals, making it easy for you and your guests to access the venue. So, whether you're planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, or post-wedding brunch, Papa Kona Events and Catering is the place to be. Trust me, you won't find a more stunning oceanfront venue with such amazing services and delicious food.


Some love from those we've served.

“This year I had my first ever photoshoot, and I'm so glad I had it with Leah, she made me feel confident in front of the camera, had great time and photos turned out amazing!!! Thank you Leah for making my memories about Hawaii unforgettable!!! Recommend 100%”

Inga Bilaisyte

“I purchased a photo session for my daughter-in-law as a baby shower gift, to be used for maternity or newborn photos (she chose maternity). The photos are magical - they perfectly capture their love story. Leah is a talented photographer who brings out the very best, and is so easy to work with. Both my son and daughter-in-law thoroughly enjoyed their session. If you're looking for a photographer, look no further. You won't be disappointed.”

Tina Duke

“The best photographer ever! She brings out the best in people and captures a beauty and magic that I didn’t know existed. She is creative and encouraging and a true artist, creating images that last forever. Can’t recommend enough!!”

Ann Hoku Lyn

“Leah was awesome to work with. I went in with a little vision of what I wanted my shoot to look like and she used all the natural elements in my favor. The outcome of the photo shoot gave me several awesome options to choose from for my song release. I highly recommend Salt Drifter Photography for your photo needs in Kona.”

Ellen Keehan

“Leah is the most magical person to shoot with. She really knows how to make it an experience. Such memories are built. Highly recommend ✨ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

Ruth-Anne Santoro

“Leah is so talented behind the lens and she really knows how to interact with people to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera. We were so lucky to have had our first ever photoshoot with her. She has set the bar high for future photographers. The experience we had during our engagement photoshoot is one we relish. We felt so confident and comfortable. Also, Leah had our pictures ready within a week. They turned out amazing! Thank you Leah!”

LC Dizon

“Absolutely love love love this woman only one I trust to take my pictures, makes you feel very comfortable in your own skin!!can’t wait for future shoots❤️”

Alyssa Sasaki