Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area
Waimanalo Bay Beach Park
aka Sherwood Forest
First, as a disclaimer, we don't use and never have used this area. It's just not that good for weddings in our opinion and there are far better locations in Waimanalo.
Waimanalo Bay Beach Park has become a popular spot for wedding companies if for the only reason that it's an easy place for them to "camp out" (with the campers) and do weddings all day long. No traveling around from one spot to another to suit the clients needs, just convince couples of what a great spot it is and roll them through :) FYI: It's also the #1 beach in America for 2015 by "Dr. Beach" but, that doesn't make it a great beach for weddings, just tourists. LOL
There's no way we would recommend this as a location for our clients. Besides the illegal wedding set-ups, they have tour buses of all sizes, bringing people to the beach, so much so, that the local beach users and the neighborhood complained to the City Council about it and they considered a complete ban of all activities including weddings (and because of these wedding companies). With that said, know that, even if there were nobody there, we still wouldn't use it simply because the scenery is "boring" and we have better spots.
Yeah we know, if you read what other tourists say about the beach on "Yelp", it sounds pretty good, and it probably is if you're a tourist but, believe us, there are far better spots along this 4 mile stretch for weddings.
See some photos and our thoughts below. This is Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area or what some call Waimanalo Bay Beach Park (not to be confused with Waimanalo Beach Park) or commonly "Sherwood Forest".
FYI: When faced with a total ban of weddings along Waimanalo Beach and this park in particular by the City Council because of complaints by the public, this company has said they would no longer do set-ups illegally on the beach since these photos were taken earlier in 2016. We don't know if they have actually stopped or have resumed, we don't go there. The money just may be too good. By the way, they tell you they have a permit but, that's for the park! The beach (below) is still illegal.
This is a photo just off the parking lot. Many wedding companies and the best "Wedding In Hawaii" use the corner of the park for their weddings (see center of photo in the distance) just beyond the trees. Hey, you'll notice one good thing, a rest room("Yelp" reviewers say they are "nasty" LOL). Finally, see that area in the trees? That's the public camp ground! No tents on this weekday but, packed on the weekends! Woohoo... perfect for your wedding :)
A shot from in the trees on the edge of the camp ground. See how far the tree line is from the water? Set-ups are only allowed in the tree line.
Hey look, they're setting up chairs and a arch for a wedding ceremony! That's about 80 yards of beach from the water. Too far.
FYI: That foreground open area is filled with tents on the weekend and holidays (and sometimes you'll see a few during the weekdays). FYI: Shooting photos straight out towards a blank horizon is just boring to us.