our team

moana belle events is a team of experienced planners who are passionate about producing soulful and stylish events that our clients will remember for a lifetime.

Moana Belle Events is the result of the two top planning firms in Hawaii; Moana Events & Belle Destination Events, coming together with the common goal of producing extraordinary events with exceptional service. 

After a decade of producing events individually, each firm felt that in order to provide an even greater experience for their clients that they had to expand their services and grow their talent. As long time industry colleagues, Jane, Lena and Morgan had already developed an admiration for each other’s work and eventually a strong friendship. This is where a fateful meeting turned into a pursuit to better each of their firms by a merging of talent, passion and experience.

the story of
moana belle events

Jennifer has been with Moana Events for over four years and in that time has become an invaluable part of the team. Now transitioning into Moana Belle, she is taking on an even larger role in heading up all event production aspects for each event. She is the expert in execution and innovation and keeps our events organized and original. Whether it is creating a custom 3D floor plan to scale or making sure that every payment is on time, she has a talent for meticulous planning. Her infectious laugh and unflappable demeanor make her the perfect person to have onsite on your big day. No task is too big or too small for this event professional and creative solutions are her forte. This social butterfly enjoys her time off with friends, loves a costume party or a good dress code, won’t turn down a scary movie and is quite the champagne connoisseur.

jennifer morihara
event producer

I believe in a life well-lived, and most importantly, well-celebrated! My life has been blessed with the opportunity to grow up in Hawaii, a quiet place where beauty surrounds us constantly. It is my passion to share that with the world. My other passions in life are my husband Tristan, my fur-baby Bianca, traveling, cooking & eating amazing food, drinking great wine, anything to do with being outdoors in nature and keeping my nose in a book at all times. 

My educational background lies in fine literature, creative writing, and journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Fun fact, I also have a degree in Culinary Arts & Food & Beverage Management and was a sushi chef in a former life! I traded in her knives in 2005 when I happened upon an opportunity to begin a career in event planning. As a hopeless romantic with an entrepreneurial spirit, I founded Belle Destination Weddings & Events in 2008, which quickly grew to one of the most prominent event planning and design firms in Hawaii. Sustaining over 10 years at the top of this industry, we made the exciting decision to merge with Moana Events in early 2019, joining our creative talents and passions with the power of our vast experience in this amazing industry!

Jane Park-Gonzales
partner & managing director

Morgan Childs is named the top wedding planner in Hawaii and got her start in event planning 17 years ago working in one of the principal firms in NYC producing high profile events for A-list clients. After finding her passion in event design and planning, Morgan moved back to her home state in 2007 to open Moana Events, bringing her distinct sense of style and passion for expert execution to Hawaii. Since opening, Moana Events has produced many beautiful destination weddings, notable celebrity affairs, large scale corporate events and memorable social occasions. In her spare time, Morgan can be found spontaneously re-decorating her home, reading a book or listening to a podcast, paddle-boarding in the Pacific or planning her next trip to Paris.

Morgan Childs
Partner & Creative Director

My passion for planning flawless events has been my life’s adventure! I love to see that look on the groom’s face as he see’s his partner walk down the aisle, those moments of true and raw emotion. These moments that are shared with your closest family and friends are those moments that resonate in your memory. My mission is to create the perfect, idyllic backdrop to those moments, so they can be fully absorbed and enjoyed.  

Life has been an adventure for me! I was born on the island of Hawaii and raised at the lava’s edge in a town called Volcano. At the age of 8, my mother fell in love with a handsome frenchman and astro-physicist named Jacques, and decided to move our family to France. Romantic, I know! I spent my youth between Paris & the French Riviera, learning and experiencing what the French call, "Joie de Vivre”. During my time in France I was exposed to an amazing life, became fluent in French, learned to appreciate and love art and history, and developed a love for French food. The island life came calling back to me, and I returned to the islands for college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Armed with a degree in Communication and an opportunity to get my feet wet in the wedding industry, I moved to Maui in 2004. Jane and I created Belle Destination Events in 2008 and have been creating unforgettable experiences ever since. Now that we have become Moana Belle, we have been able to take our services to new heights! 

Lena Teboul
Partner & Principal Planner