Being on a tropical island surrounded by natural beauty with million dollar views everywhere it can be overwhelming to try and choose the perfect spot for your ceremony. I receive requests for location suggestions from wedding couples frequently, especially couples visiting from out of state or from another country.
I will officiate a wedding ANYWHERE ON OAHU! Below is a list I have curated of locations I have officiated weddings or that I recommend for wedding and vow renewal ceremonies. I have provided links to the venue or the beach park where there is more information. I also have videos of some of the locations where you can explore locations virtually. Permits are required at some but not all state parks and beaches to hold a wedding ceremony. I can recommend specific beaches that do not require a permit upon request. Contact the Honolulu Parks and Recreation Dept for permit information. Please contact venues directly for more information on rates and availability.
BEWARE: Commercial Activities are Banned From Some Oahu Beaches
Honolulu City Council Bill 38 2021 was signed into law by the Honolulu Mayor in 2022 banning commercial activities and prohibiting businesses from providing their services at beaches from Makapu‘u Point to Kapoho Point, from Sunset Point to Kaiaka Point, even if a wedding couple obtains a use permit. This includes all beaches on Waimanalo Bay.
Below is a list of all of the beaches listed in the bill as prohibiting commercial activities. To avoid hassles and possibly a fine it is best to choose a beach other than these for your ceremony.
Kailua Beach Park
Kalama Beach Park
Waialae Beach Park
Sunset Beach Park
‘Ehukai Beach Park
Pupukea Beach Park
Waimea Bay Beach Park
Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach Park
Kaiaka Bay Beach Park
Makapu’u Beach Park
Kaupo Beach Park
Kaiona Beach Park
Waimānalo Beach Park
Bellows Field Beach Park
I am not affiliated with and do not receive any commissions for referrals to any of these locations.
Beaches and Parks Around Oahu
West Side – Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Waianae, Makaha
Lanai Love Garden (Kapolei)
I offer a simple wedding ceremony in my office Lanai Love Garden located in Kapolei. This is a video of my Love Garden.
Pu’uloa Beach (Ewa Beach)
https://youtu.be/LvaCLqNrL_8 https://youtu.be/3rdnbiuN2X0 https://youtu.be/eo-rzXfLWcI https://youtu.be/AIIBVeIPlCU https://youtu.be/F5FXxEv2NCM https://youtu.be/hm2D2886IyY https://youtu.be/yPFN-MXvTNo
Barbers Point Beach Park (Kapolei)
This beach park is in the industrial area known as Campbell Industrial Park. This is a hidden gem amongst a lot of scrap yards and industrial businesses. The park is located next to Germaine’s Luau and is walking distance to the Barber’s Point Lighthouse. This beach is normally is used by fisherman and is normally not crowded. The bathrooms and showers are not operational.
https://youtu.be/zGCNVJIhed0 https://youtu.be/sf_3KFCPKfU https://youtu.be/8fCQoCajPUU
Nimitz Beach (Kapolei)
Only recommended on weekdays. Crowded on weekends. No bathrooms at this beach.
https://youtu.be/p_WQYNuKsBI https://youtu.be/8dGTgp-54pM https://youtu.be/SWvTHUoNsE4 https://youtu.be/YQ8ArzA6jv4
Mauna Lahilahi Beach (Waianae)
This has a beautiful view of the bay. There are locations on the beach for a ceremony or it is a short walk on a trail to the rocks lookout where you can have privacy and exchange your views while surrounded by spectacular coastal views of West Oahu from the mountain to the ocean. No public bathrooms or showers.
Makua Beach (Makaha)
This is a hidden gem on the West side of Oahu with beach as far as you can see and hardly a person on it! The view of the ocean coastline and mountains from this beach is dramatic and spectacular. No bathrooms at this beach.
Oneula Beach (Ewa Beach)
Only recommended on weekdays. Crowded on weekends. No bathrooms at this beach.
Iroquois Point Beach (Ewa Beach) Permit Required from homeowners association.
Pokai Bay Beach (Waianae)
This sheltered bay is popular for stand up paddlers, canoe paddlers and swimmers. This is a beach frequented by locals and is not normally crowded. There are beautiful views of the ocean and mountains. Bathrooms and showers at this beach. There is also another stretch of beach outside the Bay to the left of the parking lot.
Ko’Olina Resort Beaches including Secret Beach Lanikuhona (Kapolei)
Note: I am not permitted to officiate at any beach in Ko’Olina. I am only able to officiate at weddings with venues in the Ko’Olina resort properties with their permission. Check with your wedding coordinator at the resort to verify outside wedding officiants are permitted.
The only wedding services allowed to use the beaches at all Ko’Olina Lagoons or at the secret beach are the wedding planners, wedding coordinators and wedding officiates at the Ko’Olina Resort properties. No outside officiates or photographers are permitted on the premises. The beaches of Ko’Olina were man-made by the developers of the Ko’Olina Resort and they are able to restrict who has access for commercial activities. This includes Lanikuhonua’s Secret Beach located between Lanikuhonua (Paradise Cove) Beach on the north and Sacred Beach at Lanikuhonua in Ko Olina on the south. This spot is a hidden gem and is worth visiting if you are staying at or visiting the Ko’Olina resort area. Their is a path to the hidden beach from the main beach next to the Four Seasons Resort in Lagoon One. This is a video I took leading from the main beach to the secret beach
Honolulu and Waikiki Locations
Magic Island (Waikiki) is just outside of Waikiki across from the Ala Moana Shopping Center and is a manmade pinnesula inside of Ala Moana Beach Park. This location offers views of Diamond Head, Ala Wai Harbor, surfers in action, Waikiki, Honolulu, the west coast of Oahu, and the Ko’olau Mountains.
https://youtu.be/77iDnlYVRzw https://youtu.be/aUYoS8Hs9HI https://youtu.be/x4V0i7RoFJs https://youtu.be/qQpR-7maoR4 https://youtu.be/j79-PFfuPho https://youtu.be/Bi6kOAQKrII
Harbor Beach at Magic Island https://youtu.be/zacZ7t-GkZo
Tiny Beach at Magic Island https://youtu.be/DImV-UOm8SM https://youtu.be/QJO1XI69z_k
Leahi Beach Park (Waikiki) (afternoon) Leahi is the Hawaiian word for Diamond Head and this beach park is directly in front of Diamond Head. There is not much of a beach but it is not normally a crowded park so it gives privacy. There is no parking at this park. Park at Kapiolani Park and walk up sidewalk to this park.
Puu Ualakaa State Park aka Tantalus Lookout (Honolulu) Permit Required. Spectacular view above the city of Honolulu.
Liliuokalani Botanical Garden (Honolulu) with a hidden waterfall in the heart of the city. Permit required.
Waikiki Beach – Permit required at ALL locations and all locations are always crowded with tourists.
Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon
Diamond Head End in front of Aston Waikiki https://youtu.be/eymvymyBadI
Kuhio Beach https://youtu.be/WEUhV-afe6s
At Duke Kahanamoku Statue https://youtu.be/iPkv9J1YAqs
San Souci Beach
Kapiolani Park Fountain with Diamond Head in Background (Waikiki) Permit Required
Kawaikui Beach Park– (located East of Waikiki in Aina Hina) this is a beach frequented by locals, especially on weekends. It is a nice location for a weekday wedding ceremony.
North Shore Options Still Available
Kawela Bay Beach Park (Kahuku)
Located near Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu. This curved bay beach is secluded and lined with palm trees and ironwood trees. Although the beach is located off the main road it is hidden and is not usually crowded. The reef in the bay diffuses the waves as it enters the bay and the water in the bay is normally calm even when the surf is large elsewhere on the North Shore. There are no bathrooms or showers.
Kokololio Beach Park (Hau’ula)
There are Norfolk Pines that line the divide between the park and the beach. This coastal area is normally very breezy. There is a spot in the treeline that offers a bit of a wind break and is a great spot for a wedding ceremony. This beach park is good sized with two sections of parking lot each with bathrooms and showers.
Mokuleia Beach Park (Waialua)
This beach is a popular spot for wind surfers and kite surfers because it is always breezy. There is a fantastic coastal view of the North Shore and the mountains. There are showers but only portapotty for restrooms.
https://youtu.be/9iMOm-8VU7g https://youtu.be/LY0V766lems https://youtu.be/jkv01X2aMAs
Mokuleia Army Beach (Waialua)
Down the road from Mokuleia Beach Park is this little known beach. The name “Army Beach” was given because of a military recreation center that was on the beach from 1970 to 1989 which you can only see the foundation of today. The beach is just across Dillingham Airfield and at the beginning of Ka’ena Point State Park.
Ka’ena Point State Park (Wailua)
Ka‘ena Point Mokuleia Section is the North Shore access section of the Ka‘ena Point Natural Area Reserve at O‘ahu’s most northwestern point. Dolphins and whales (in season) can often be seen off shore in the early morning. There is a parking lot area at the trail head. There are many locations that would make a great backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Beware and use caution around nesting sea birds and turtles to not disturb or harm them.
North Shore Locations from Kaiaka Point to Sunset Point BANNED FOR WEDDINGS
Every city beach from Kaiaka Point to Sunset Point has been banned for commercial activities by the Honolulu City Council and Mayor of Honolulu including Sunset Beach Park, ‘Ehukai Beach Park, Pupukea Beach Park, Waimea Bay Beach Park, Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach Park, Kaiaka Bay Beach Park.
Windward – Kaneohe
He’eia State Park (Kaneohe) Permit required.
This venue has and outdoor stage and a banquet hall for receptions as well. There are cottages for the wedding couple to get ready in on premisis. The grounds are lush with tropical plants and flowers. The coastal and mountain views make an incredible backdrop for the ceremony.
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden (Kaneohe) Permit required.
This venue has many options for ceremony locations that are lush with tropical plants, trees and flowers. There are many different gardens areas and a lake area available for ceremonies.
Pyramid Rock Beach (Kaneohe)
This is a private military beach located on KBMC base in Kaneohe. Military id required to get access onto base and you must also sponsor me on.
Kaneohe Boat Launch Park (Kaneohe)
There is a boat launch in Kaneohe with a shoreline area that is perfect for an intimate wedding ceremony. It offers an amazing shoreline view Kaneohe Bay and the Ko’olau Mountains.
Kualoa Ranch Paliku Gardens (Kaneohe) Private venue.
This is a working cattle ranch that also operates tours and adventures on the very large property. This ranch is the backdrop in many movies that have been filmed in Hawaii including Jurassic Park. The ranch is located across the street from a beach. Paliku Gardens offers a private ceremony location with breathtaking views of the ocean, Chinaman’s Hat island, and the Ko’olau Mountains while being surrounded by beautiful tropical trees and flowers. They offer elopement and destination wedding packages.
Kualoa Beach Park and Campgrounds (Kaneohe) Permit required.
This beach park has coastal views of Windward Oahu with the Ko’olau Mountains behind the beach park. This is a large beach park with several parking lot areas each with bathrooms and showers.
Kailua and Waimanalo Bay Beaches are
BANNED FOR WEDDINGS
Every beach on Waimanalo Bay from Makapu’u to Point to Kapoho Point has been banned for commercial activities by the Honolulu City Council and Mayor of Honolulu. This includes Kailua Beaches, Lani Kai Beaches, Waimanalo Beaches, Sherwood Beach, and Makapuu Beach.
Oahu venues I have officiated Weddings at you may want to consider for wedding or vow renewal.
Cafe Julia is located in downtown Honolulu next to Iolani Palace in a historic YWCA building. They provide a unique outdoor space for wedding ceremonies and receptions .
Foster Botanical Garden has rare and beautiful plants, flowers, and trees with a wide variety of backdrops to choose from for the ceremony and photos. A permit is required from the garden. https://youtu.be/Th9-T238ifc
Hale Koa Hotel is a military hotel in Waikiki on the beach. Weddings can be held in front of the hotel, in several of the garden areas, in a ballroom, or outside at their gazebo.
Hawaiian Monarch Hotel – request a room with a large lanai facing the water or Diamond Head and have the ceremony on your lanai. video: https://youtu.be/5fjRVAyAOnY
Iolani Palace there is a park area to the right side of the palace that is a intimate spot to have a private ceremony. If you plan to have guests you will need to get a permit.
Kapila Gardens in Waianae is an outdoor venue with a location for the ceremony and for the reception. video: https://youtu.be/32ry9RDOw00
Ke Iki Beach Bungalows is beach front on the North Shore. Get married at the secluded beach in front of the bungalows.
Ko’olau Ballrooms video: https://youtu.be/AYrT7OgTZDs has a beautiful garden with water feature and trellis for the ceremony and a ballroom for the reception. The view of the Ko’olau mountains from the garden is breathtaking and makes a spectacular backdrop for the wedding.
Lani Lea Chapel at Prince Waikiki Hotel is a more formal wedding chapel setting with couches for guests to sit on during the ceremony. The view is spectacular through the floor to ceiling windows. https://youtu.be/yMv5DoqMlVA
Loulou Palm Farm Estate is located on the North Shore. They have a great lawn that leads out to the beach and couples can have their ceremony ocean side and the reception under tents on the great lawn.
Male’ana Gardens in Kailua is a chic outdoor garden venue located next to Kailua Beach and a great location for small destination weddings. https://youtu.be/StqZHK9dC60
The Moana Grand Ballroom is located just outside Waikiki and offers ballrooms for the ceremony and reception.
Neck Deep Tattoo say “I do!” Then get tattooed. Two meaningful tattoos are included in the ceremony.
Oahu Veterans Center is a economical location to have a ceremony and self catered reception. https://youtube.com/shorts/9VnI-fdm1UQ
Okinawa Center has a beautiful water feature and garden area for the ceremony and a banquet hall for the reception. https://youtu.be/79jG_CeoBBA
Pearl Country Club has an area on the golf greens with an arch for wedding ceremonies and the reception followed by a reception in one of their event rooms. https://youtu.be/zzGyESuiXnA
Private homes/beach houses in Waipahu, Black Point, Ewa Beach, Hauula, Kapolei, Pupukea, Nanakuli, Haleiwa. An alternative to renting a venue is rent a beach front house and have your wedding at the house or on the beach in front of the house. I recommend houses on Laniakea Beach, Ke Iki Beach, or Pupukea Beach on the North Shore.
Queen Kapiolani Hotel– request a room with a large lanai facing the water or Diamond Head and have the ceremony on your lanai.
Roys at Ko’olina is located overlooking Kapolei Golf Course. Ceremonies can be held on their open air lanai and the reception in a private dining room.
Sunset Ranch – video https://youtu.be/8sDiIQYnMQM weddings are outside on the ranch surrounded by forest or pond side. Receptions are inside the barn which is renovated including chandeliers.
Kapolei Golf Club has a pavilion next to the golf course lake with a beautiful course view with the hills of Makakilo in the distance. https://youtu.be/nlIsPvKq6Y4 https://youtube.com/shorts/SdsuVTLER1A
Waialae Country Club is in the top 5 most elegant wedding venues I have officiated at. The dining rooms, locker rooms, and grounds are well kept and feel luxurious. The employees are friendly and helpful. The location next to the ocean has spectacular views. https://youtu.be/rSsTFJaC8O0
Waikele Country Club