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Oahu Travel Guide Pt. 1: Great Locales for Wedding Photos


Rich green sea cliffs, shining beaches, the world’s prettiest breakers, and your choice of sunrises and sunsets: Oahu’s an amazing place to say your vows, no question.

And the Kahala Hotel & Resort is one of the very best places on the island to host that dream wedding: People have been flocking to our fabled grounds for decades to tie the knot and celebrate matrimony at the doorstep of the Pacific. Between our luxurious wedding packages and our outstanding on-staff wedding planners, the Kahala can make one of the defining days of your life truly unforgettable.

One of the cornerstones of the wedding experience, of course, is wedding photos. And Oahu comes teeming with breathtaking backdrops for these most meaningful of mementos. Here are a few fine places to immortalize your matrimonial magic!

The Kahala

The Kahala property is drop-dead gorgeous, and we’ve got a lavish spectrum of photo spots—from romantic ballrooms to our famous palm-framed beach. Here's a roundup of the top 10 locales for wedding photos #AtTheKahala:

1. The Orchid Wall


2. The Waterfall


3. The Diamond Head Gazebo


4. The Beach


5. The Kahala O Ke Kai


6. The Grand Lobby


7. The Dolphin Lagoon


8. On your private lanai


9. Maile Ballroom


10. The ocean vista at Koko Head Lawn


Our various wedding packages provide either one or two hours of picture-taking around the resort (and 24 to 48 4-x-6” photographs as your keepsakes).

Makapuu Beach

A majestic wave-washed headland, a sheltered sandy cove, long views out to rugged islets and the azure plane of the Pacific—Makapuu Beach on the windward shore makes for one fetching setting for your wedding shots. Consider a sunrise session!

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

One of Oahu’s best-known seashores (and one of the best beaches in the world), Hanauma Bay has a downright dreamlike beauty ideal for marking your momentous occasion.

Diamond Head

Want an absolutely iconic landmark in the background for your wedding photos? Well, they don’t come much more iconic than the regal tuff cone of Diamond Head.

Waimea Falls

Newlyweds love memorializing their union before the 45-foot plume of Waimea Falls, set amid the culturally rich botanical gardens of the Waimea Valley.

Yokohama Bay

This west-side bay is a bit of a drive, but it's worth it! An undeveloped arc of sand, the ribbed battlements of the Waianae Range and the ocean blue on the horizon, sublime sunsets—wedding photos at Yokohama Bay place you in a serene slice of paradise.

Of course, there are plenty of other prime spots on Oahu for posing for your wedding pictures—we’ve only sketched out a few possibilities. Needless to say, you can’t really go wrong on this island.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at the Kahala Hotel & Resort if you’re curious about holding your wedding here. Our staff will help you make your every wish for the big day a reality! (And hey, we’re just as good a destination for honeymoons, too…)



Filed under: Guide, Hawaii, Kahala, Oahu, Photos, Resort, Travel, Wedding, Weddings
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