A Hawaii Wedding

Hawaii Weddings and Vow Renewals on Oahu

Ko Olina

West Oahu.
10 am to sunset.
Vendor travel fees and parking fees apply.

Ko Olina is a major resort area about 30 miles from Waikiki. While not as large as Waikiki or with as many hotels, the number of hotels in that small area make it just as busy.

It's about a 1 hour to 1.5+ hour drive depending upon the time of day.

The beach we use is adjacent to the Four Seasons fronting Lanikohonua Estate called "Secret Beach". See here.

Ceremonies are not allowed on any of the lagoons fronting any of the hotels i.e. Aulani, Four Seasons, Marriott Beach Club.

Mornings are best for lighting as the light is front facing and you get more blue water and sky.

Sunset is OK but, the lighting is a harsh sidelight that can be difficult but, it's doable.

We don't recommend Ko Olina. It's difficult for your guests (if any) and because it's the same for us, it adds significantly to your cost.

You must provide paid hotel parking for our vendors and your guests (if any).

For a sunset ceremony, vendors have to leave Honolulu by 3:30 and they don't get back to Honolulu until 8 pm or later. That 5-6 hours for a simple ceremony. Read more.

The beach they call "Secret Beach" is anything but, "secret" since they built all those hotels and especially at sunset.

The walk out to the cove is a challenge for children, old folks, and the mobility challenged and we do not suggest it.

As a better and less costly alternative, consider Waimanalo, Magic Island, or Portlock Beach (late Fall and Winter). Simply plan to spend some time on this side of the island, snorkel, surf, shop, have lunch or dinner in Waikiki, following the ceremony.