Waialae/Kahala Beach is just past Diamond Head outside of Waikiki about 30 minutes away. It's convenient, pleasant, scenic, and because of this, it's one of our clients top choices.
Mornings are cooler, less busy, and the lighting is good. Lighting is good most of the day but can be a challenge in the later afternoon. There is no sunset here.
The area we prefer to use and shown in the majority of photos is a short walk up the beach about 200 yards, fronting a luxury low-rise condo building. We sometimes use an area fronting the beach park for larger weddings.
We primarily do ceremonies on the grass under the shade of the coconut trees as this makes for great lighting but, we can do ceremonies on the sand between the grass spots and may do so for large groups and late afternoon weddings.
We recommend a weekday Mon. to Fri. ceremony times between 9 am and 12 pm as best. There is no sunset at this location.
Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) are available in the morning at 9 am and 10 am only. The area gets too busy after that and parking is impossible.
Weekday parking availability is best in the mornings before 11 am but, even then it's not guaranteed, and even less available, after 12 pm. Sometime you'll get lucky and there's 6 stalls available and other times it's full.
We suggest that you just spend the extra $15 or $20 and take a taxi or Uber it no matter the day or time, or order one of our transportation services. The Kahala hotel is just up the beach and you can get a taxi back to Waikiki from there. It's just not worth it being late and possibly having us have to cut your services short or incur expense if we can reschedule or worse of all, not perform your services at all with no money returned.
If you do decide to drive (many do), arrive at least 30 minutes earlier than the scheduled "meet time" on your contract to ensure you can wait for parking if it's not available or you have to park up the street and walk back.
Note: If you are staying at the Kahala Hotel, let us know. The spot we like to use is a short walk down the beach and we can meet you there, instead of meeting at Waialae Beach Park.