Post # 1
Hello fellow Bees! I’m hoping someone familiar with Oahu can answer a few questions for me, thank you so very much in advance! So here’s the deal, we have never been to Oahu and are now intending on getting married in Laie. We liked Laie because we figured it wouldn’t be full of tourists as the rest of Oahus since it is located within the North shore??? So….. here are my questions:
1. How’s the weather during September? We have 90° summers in Arizona!!!
2. Is Laie a good option, can you please give details?(keep in mind it will only be the two of us and we are looking for a very private area.
3. We are looking at staying at the “Tiki Moon Villas,” but haven’t been able to find ANY reviews online, has anyone stayed there before? I know it is located across from the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Post # 3
Forgive me for being blunt, but, are you mormon? If you are not, or did not already know, the vast population of Laie is mormon, due to there being the Hawaii LDS temple, BYU-Hawaii, and the PCC which funds the university. It is a good deal different from the rest of north shore, for a number of reasons. To be honest, if you are going to look at a north shore location, there are better options (unless the temple, etc, is appealing to you if you are mormon, which is why I asked. 🙂
You are going to find tourists no matter where you are, but you might not know it or be overwhelmed by the tourism unless you are in Waikiki or town (Honolulu). If you are just eloping (which is what I gather since you said it will be just the two of you), you have loads of options. Have you hired an officiant? They could probably reccommend some great, very specific beach locations based on what you want, that they already know will work well for ceremony privacy.
Oh btw… weather doesn’t change a whole lot throughout the year — only varies by about 10 degrees total, but you never know when a rainstorm will catch you, don’t discount it just cause you’ll be in paradise! 😉
Post # 4
To answer your question, no I am not mormon. However, that’s exactly why we thought that this particular area would be somewhat private. Our plan is to rent a beach house and walk out our frond door to get married:) On the other hand, I am still attempting to find an officiant, it seems like everywhere I look, I see the words “beautiful wedding on a secluded beach,” but once I do further research I find that the so called “secluded” beach happens to be invaded by tourists. I’m just finding the whole process very stressful, hence why I’m asking for help. Thank you.
Post # 5
Aloha! I am actually getting married in May on Oahu. I understand your frustration when looking at some of the “wedding companies” on the net. I’m actually getting married around Waimanalo Bay by a crazy fun gentleman by the name of Capt. Howie (http://www.hawaiiweddings.com). He typically does weddings only in Waimanalo. However, there are great places to rent there that may allow you to have a wedding and you could just find an officiant. Waimanalo is great because it is a tiny town and the beach in that area is mostly locals. When I was visited in August there were few people at the beach. If you are set on getting married over on the North Shore I’d check out Mrs. Sushi’s posts. She had a great officiant it seems and you may find more helpful advice from her even though she didn’t get married in Laie.
Post # 6
I would not pick Oahu than from what my Fiance says. He lived there for 20 yrs. I can give you places in an im later when I get more free time tonight. I dont know the area so have to wait on him.
Post # 7
Thank you all for your replies, I really appreciate all your feedback! I did some research last night and am now considering “Lanai Lookout,” better known as “heaven’s point.” Can someone tell me exactly where this is located? or the name of the nearest city? Also, in reference to AmberWaves’ message; I did consider Capt. Howie, however as stated on their site, “they are not for everyone” and certainly not for me. This is what I disliked about them: 1. They were over-charging me for the beach permit. 2. I couldn’t find any reviews on them (other than the ones posted by Capt. Howie himself). 3. He uses a non pofessional photographer and will charge extra if you attempt to take your own. Anyway, once again, thank you all!!!
Post # 8
Again, forgive me for being so blunt — but I think what you are looking for is a bit unrealistic. It is sounding like you are literally looking to get married on a private beach, which really does not exist. There are certain beaches that are not very popular all over the island, where you might only have a handful of people walking around, but most of the nicer beaches are understandably frequented by a decent amount of people. However, seriously, the only area “invaded by tourists,” is Waikiki.
You have to understand that there are nearly one million residents of our 40-mile long island. There will be people on the beach. That being said, there are many locations that would be amazing for a small, private ceremony, if you know where to look and are willing to travel to them (what I am saying is you may not want to have where you stay and where you have your ceremony be the same location). I lived in Haleiwa for a while and used to hang out at a little spot that usually no one really would go to because the access was crappy and not as many people were willing to walk far enough. We were there on Memorial day last year and there was not a soul in sight.
Anyway, keep digging around for a good officiant and you should be okay. Btw, I have never heard of “Lanai Lookout” and to be honest, it sounds like a made-up name by the local wedding biz, lol 🙂
Post # 9
From Hawaii & also never heard of Lanai Lookout…will be msging my family back home to help check it out for you.
I agree…O’ahu doesn’t seem to be your island of choice, having read your posts. Here’s why: like @littlemissmango said, C&C of Honolulu had over 1 million inhabitants + the tourists; the hotel industry has its base in Waikiki & they are used to catering to the wedding industry, so they tend to overcharge (not saying Maui & the Big Island don’t over charge, they do too). I’m suggesting Kaua’i or Moloka’i…a LOT less tourists there, but still have hotel industry “outposts” so these islands will be able to cater to your vacationing needs. Stay on the south side of Kaua’i if you go (The “touristy” part is on the north side) or walk a 1/2 mile to the less crowded coves on the north side. Moloka’i is filled with locals who are VERY friendly…can’t recommend a beach off the top of my head.
If you’re stuck on O’ahu, just understand that the tourists come with the place…if you don’t want them, go to another island (we have 5 others you can choose from – Ni’ihau being private & Kaho’olawe being restricted). Good Luck!
Post # 10
Check out my secret North Shore spot- Ke’iki Beach.. Depending on the time of the year, the beach can be gorgeous and have huge open areas with no tourists hanging out in the background. It’s on the North Shore and has a bunch of bungalows but is in a cove with just the cottages fronting it so it’s not ‘typical’ public access. Rooms are affordable but be sure to get a beachside. I priced out weddings and it wasn’t what i was looking for but perhaps for guests or others. It gets booked out waaaaaaay in advance and near holidays. Maybe September would be ok.
Post # 11
hmm…I live on Oahu and there are lot’s of places you could get married. To answer your question, September is very warm. March is very rainy. If you go with the beach house rental you may consider opening up your options-aina haina, kahala, diamondhead, waialua, lanikai, etc. Keep in mind that private beaches are against the law in Oahu, but there are many beaches where you will have enough space to be content. If you rent a house, then no one will be in your yard. If you have military access, your options open up. If it’s just you and the hubby…consider getting married in town (honolulu) for 50 bucks on the beach and then enjoying wherever you choose:http://weddingofficianthonolulu.com/default.aspx
Post # 12
I live here in Oahu (lived here all of my 30 years) and I had to google “Lanai Lookout” to figure out where it was. It looks like it’s right near a diving area, so if you’re looking for absolutely no tourists, I think you should pick another one. It’s also right near the ocean where it breaks, so it will be probably windy, slightly wet and loud from the surf. Lanai Lookout is also near Haunama Bay, which is tourist central.
Again, as someone said, there’s no such thing as a “private beach” here. It’s against the law. I think the only one that had a semblance of privacy would be the President, and that’s because they banned people from the whole area. Also, the place that you’re staying is right across from PCC? That’s touristy.
What I would do is rent a beach house down on the Windward side. My friends and I rented one for a long weekend and it came with a huge lawn that is near the beach. The lawns are usually beautifully manicured, so it would make a great backdrop.
I can’t help with the officiant, though. My BFF’s dad is marrying us (he’s a priest).
Post # 13
I got engaged in Hawaii at the beginning of September. It was HOT about 90 every day. It did rain over night every night we were there. We stayed on the North Shore. We rented a beach cabin and it was super intimate and not crowded with tourist. Even the beach by us a total of 5 people on it all day long, it was Ke’iki Beach. It was amazing. We loved the fact that no one was around…it was like we had our own beach! The area was a just a ton of locals. The closest hotel was Turtle Bay about 15 minutes down the road. The only day it started getting busy was labor day.
Post # 14
Once again, thankyou all for your replies/feedback. I believe we almost have everything in place despite the many changes we’ve had!!! As mentioned before, it will only be the two of us and we’re flying in from Arizona. For those of you not familiar with Phoenix, Az, our summers consist of anywhere from 95-110 degrees. I remeber a few years ago on father’s day, the temperature reached 119! Hence the reason why a rainy, windy or hot Oahu morning will not bother me. Anyway, in an effort to save money and avoid the larger crouds of tourists (I hope), we have changed our ceremony to a Tuesday Sunrise. We will get the ceremony out of the way early enough and will have the rest of the day free. In addition, we are saving around 1,200 which will allow us to do more activities and enjoy more of Oahu!!!
Post # 15
hi hanna and others posting.
i to am planning an ohau wedding. we are in fact eloping. I actually dont look at it that way. From pictures it will look as though family and friends should be there because we will go all out. We are trying to avoid the stress of a big wedding back home and enjoy our day to the fullest. I guess I get too stressed planning and preparing when so many people are involved.
Okay well all the post have been helpful. So I think all. I have many questions but I am trying to read all the topics before repeating something that has been posted.
I finally picked Oahu because we want pictures that scream Hawaii. As much as we want a private ceremony, I am willing to risk it and try Magic Island so that Diamond Head is in the back ground of pictures. From there we are trying to find a true space to get beach pictures, in the sand and so on. We are going to have a sunset wedding but I am so worried the sun will rush us into our photos. Photos are the most important thing for the day. I am considering a video too.
Any suggestions welcome.
Happy weddings out there.
Post # 16
Laie is actually a beautiful place to get married. There are secluded beach area on the Laie side of our island, however, you would be better off renting a private rental (beach house etc.) to get the privacy you wanted. We have done more than a few weddings in Laie and it is beautiful, although there are other options, as Oahu is surrounded with prestine beach area.