Hawaiian Hilton Village - Hale Koa Location
The Hawaiian Hilton Village is a very popular Waikiki resort, as well as being the only Waikiki beach location where it is legal for photographers to do sessions. It has easy wheelchair access, lots of different backgrounds in all directions, multiple shooting spots, direct sunset views, view of Diamond Head and Waikiki...and thousands of people.
I confess, I usually try to steer people away from having their session on the beach here, as I much prefer more natural locations with few people around. However, I do realize that not everyone has transportation or can easily get around with young kids in tow or elderly parents. So if you are staying at the Hilton Village (or the Hale Koa next door), we can still have a great session with lots of beautiful images, it just takes a bit more creativity and you'll have to be okay with buildings and people in your backgrounds. That said, it's surprising how often I can find an angle that minimizes people or buildings. All the images on this page were taken at the Hawaiian Hilton Village/Hale Koa location.
This location is best for sunset or early morning sessions only.
- Multiple backgrounds
- Easy wheel chair access to beach
- No driving to a location
- Great Waikiki vibe/look
- Views of Diamond Head/Waikiki
- People everywhere
- Not the natural beauty of Hawaii
- Cars, telephone poles, buildings, etc
- Few wide angle shot opportunities
- No wave action
I recommend early morning (8 - 9am) or sunset sessions only at this location, because those are the times with the fewest people around.
This gallery has example images from morning sessions at the Hawaiian Hilton Village/Hale Koa location.
This gallery has example images from sunset sessions at the Hawaiian Hilton Village/Hale Koa location.