10 am to 2 pm best.
Can go as late as 4 pm.
Vendor travel fees apply.
Lanikai Beach has always been a popular beach for locals and in the last 7 years or so, a destination beach (and Kailua town) for tourists.
And that's the problem, it's always busy, like Waikiki Beach! So much so that, the City often restricts access and parking on holiday weekends. It's not the secluded Hawaii beach look we like in our photos LOL!
Our advice? Unless you're renting a vacation home in Lanikai and you can provide "on-property" parking for our vendors and your guests, forget about it. The truth is, Like Ko Olina, without guaranteed parking, it's not going to happen.
With that said, here are some details:
Plan for 40 minutes of travel time from Waikiki depending upon the time of day. Parking is usually difficult or unavailable.
The actual beach area with the best views is not that wide so, you really don't want to keep your group small.
The beach and ocean is always busy so, expect people, to be in your photos. We don't even try "hiding" people like we do with our other beaches :)