events at the farm
Raves & Reviews
"We booked Sunshower Farms sight unseen after an extensive search for a venue that would fulfill our core priorities: 1) BYOB (good wine is very important to both our families; my cousin is an ex-sommelier), 2) excellent food produced from sustainable agriculture, and 3) something that would be as home-like as possible. Sunshower delivered on all three counts. Kate was very responsive and took us on a virtual tour of the Farms through Skype, allowing us to get a sense of the property and the view from the back, which is lovely. I do a fair bit of event planning for my job and Sunshower is a rarity among event venues in its flexibility.
Whatever you want, Kate and her team will do their best to make it happen. Kate sourced an outstanding private chef who made some of the best homemade pasta I've had, with a bolognese using a boar actually caught on the Farm. In fact, the entire dinner was as farm-to-table as one could get: we had flatbreads and bread made directly in Sunshower's brick oven, and Kate made our fantastic wedding cake. We received abundant compliments on the food and service, even from my excruciatingly particular and traditional relatives who almost always complain about food. Also, the commitment to green events is admirable -- food is either given away or composted as to minimize waste. The farm itself is pleasant, with roosters, some very cute goats and friendly cats; our younger guests loved meeting them.
Kate was also super helpful with advice, ranging from suggesting places to stay to making sure we got some last-minute leis to use for a traditional ceremony. I can't imagine a venue that is better value for money -- none of the usual BS markups for decor, alcohol, that is all too typical of most venues. If you are looking for a super formal large wedding this place is not for you, but if you are looking for an intimate, relaxed and warm venue that will feel like you're getting married at home, I give Sunshower my highest recommendation."
- Joan and Ross, Wedding, December 2016 (weddingwire)
"I used the venue for my Best Friends Bridal Shower and it was the PERFECT LOCATION! Only advice I would give to anyone else interested is to make sure your directions to the venue is accurate and on point. You may need to put balloons or a sign of your own since it is pretty far up the mountain. Also BRING WARM CLOTHES. It does tend to get pretty chilly. Overall this was a beautiful venue and I'm so happy we had the party here. Kate was so helpful from start to finish. I will definitely host another party here."
- Pua, Bridal Shower, November 2016 (weddingwire)
"We chose Sunshower Farms for its rustic, country feel. The event site is set atop a hill in Holualoa, a small town we adore. Since we live in Kona we wanted to have our wedding in an area that was cooler and surrounded by lush greenery with a beautiful ocean view. We had our ceremony and reception at the farm. The ceremony was on the lawn and the reception was on the deck of the property. The owners of the event space are very accommodating and helpful throughout the planning process. They take care of all of the day of coordinating, set up, take down and cleaning. They also provided beautiful vintage/rustic decor to create a lovely table setting. I also brought in a few of my own decorations just to add my personal touch.
We had a cater come to the farm to cook, who was equipped with his own cooking set up. We found that their service staff was helpful and professional. Kate made my cake to my specification which tasted delicious and was decorated beautifully with lilikoi flowers from their property. My sister said that Kate's cake was the best cake she had ever had!! Our photographer found two beautiful areas on the farm to take our couples photos. Overall everything exceeded my expectations! I would recommend this site to any one having a rustic/vintage wedding set on a farm."
- Jasmine, Wedding, July 2016 (wedding wire)
"I booked Sunshower Farms for a birthday party for my sister. It was her 40th birthday and a lot of people came in from out of town so I wanted it to be a very special, private and fancy event. Kate, the farm owner, hired a chef for the event who did a 10 course tasting menu specifically catered to my sister's preferences and the food was EXCELLENT. So much of it came from the farm and I even saw the staff harvesting some of the items when we were setting up - that is seriously farm-to-table! This venue is a WORKING farm, so if you are like one of the other reviewers and do not want goats nearby or the sounds of chickens, do not book this venue. Also, as a local, I can explain that Holualoa is what we call "upcountry" because of its high elevation. Sometimes this puts it above/in the clouds but that adds to its charm, privacy and cool (60s-70s) weather.
One of the benefits of working with Sunshower is that all of their prices are incredibly transparent- they are all right on the website - and there were no added fees that I wasn't expecting. The owners also let you bring in your own food, drinks, flowers etc. so it is easy to save money. For our event we brought cheese and crackers for the beginning and were able to save on the appetizers while people were arriving. My mom also made all of our flowers which was great. We booked the deck and interior rental only, which is fine because ours was just an evening event.
My advice to future clients who are considering Sunshower for their wedding or another event is to do a tour (or a video tour). If your expectations are in line with a working Hawaii farm, you will LOVE this venue. But if you want a hotel, book that. It makes me sad to read the negative reviewer who dinged Sunshower because it is "someone's house." For me, the home-y vibe is what attracted me to this venue and it is priced accordingly. An event venue as nice as this and not at a home would be considerably more expensive."
- Jeanette, Birthday Party, March 2017 (wedding wire)
"We were so lucky to have found Sunshower Farms! It was just what we were looking for as far as size, decor, and intimacy are concerned. It was also magnificent that we could minimize the number of vendors necessary as Sunshower was not only in charge of the venue rental but also all of the wedding planning as well. This took a lot of stress out of having a destination wedding. I couldn't recommend Sunshower Farms enough. The setting was gorgeous, the animals were friendly, and the hospitality was just wonderful."
- Jono, Wedding, July 2017 (Review through Honeybook)