A Hawaii Wedding

Hawaii Weddings and Vow Renewals on Oahu

Ko Olina Area

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

This was a vow renewal at about 11 am.
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Ko Olina is about 30 miles from Honolulu/Waikiki and 45 minutes to 1.5 hours drive or longer, depending upon the time of day. If you're staying out there, it may be an option.

We prefer and suggest the morning and before 1 pm afternoon for the best lighting for photos (see above). You get that nice blue water and sky.

The orientation of the coastline to the sun angle makes it difficult for photos in the late afternoon and sunset, having a harsh side-light, very bright sky most times, and sometimes white sky if very late and depending upon the season. Not optimum. but, we can do it, up to you.

There is only one public beach cove we can get a DNLR beach wedding permit.

This cove is adjacent to the Four Seasons fronting Lanikohonua Estate. Weddings cannot be performed on the lagoons fronting the hotels.

During high tides or high surf, the water and waves can wash up the entire beach, making it unusable. Make sure you check the tides before selecting a date and time.

Parking is a problem. Do not expect that you'll be able to secure parking. There is no readily available public parking so, unless you are staying out there, forget it as a location.

This was a wedding at 5 pm with an extended bridal party and family session.
FYI: We allowed the couple to use their own pastor.
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You need to be staying in one of the hotels to be able to park in their lot. If you are in one of the hotels, you must confirm that the hotel will let us park. Parking fees are additional to travel fees.

The Four Seasons hotel has made private what used to be the sidewalk leading to the corner of the property to the cove (different from the current Google map photo). Consequently, unless you are guest at the Four Seasons, you must use a shoreline path running along the hotel property border.

The path is rocky with large rocks you have to step on and negotiate, and the path is uneven. This path is only for the sure-footed. It will be very difficult for the mobility impaired and will be impossible for others.

The good news is that, because of the difficulty of access, it's not as super busy like it used to be. But this is not a guaranty that it won't be busy. It's really hit or miss.

Finally, our vendor travel fees for Ko Olina are second highest to the North Shore and will add significanly to the cost (see planning form). But, we have people go out there a couple times a year. Especially those who have a lot of participants and/or those who made reception and other plans before making their ceremony plans (not smart).

You can see that there's a lot of negatives. We used to not mind going out there but, nowadays, the Ko Olina association and the hotels have made it increasing difficult for any "outsiders" to use the area. This is contrary to what Hawaii is about and because of that, some vendors will not go out there no matter what you pay.

Of course, our advice will always be to come to us and use a Honolulu/Waikiki or Windward location.

Simply spend the day or evening in Honolulu, hang-out, go to the beach, shop at Ala Moana, cruise Waikiki, drive around the island, have dinner in Waikiki, etc.. You're probably going to do that one day anyway. We've had many of our clients do just that.

If you do decide it's best to come to us, you'll want your ceremony to be between 10 am and before 2 pm to avoid the traffic. It gets pretty bad.

It’s really up to you. If you don't want to come to us or you've already set plans, we can go out there and make the best of it.

This was a wedding at about 3 pm.
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