Located on the quieter, lusher side of the island (30-40 min from Waikiki), and just a few miles from Lanikai Beach and Kailua, there are nearly a dozen great little beach locations in the Waimanalo area, all of which have better views and backgrounds than Lanikai Beach and with far fewer people. Beautiful white sand beaches, crashing waves, mountains and islands in the distance, as well as a forest at your back round out these awesome locations. There are several great spots I recommend depending on the size of the party and the time of day.
This location is excellent for Sunrise, Mid-Day and sunset sessions
- but there is no direct view of the *setting* sun.
Restroom & rinse showers at the park
Gorgeous forest setting next to beach
Lots of different backgrounds
Islands and mountains in the distance
White sand beach
Great wave action
Few people around, especially in the morning
40 min drive from Waikiki
No palm trees
Busy/Popular with locals on weekends
Homeless encampments nearby - safe, but sometimes unsightly trash here & there
Can be a bit windy due to the tradewinds off the ocean
No direct view of the sunset, only sunrise
Waimanalo Beaches are easily my favorite locations, simply because they give me so many options for backgrounds and settings, they have that classic Hawaii beach look and there are normally fewer people then many other beaches such as Lanikai or Kailua. It's a secret gem that is still relatively undiscovered, with most people flocking to the vastly over-rated Lanikai Beach.
Morning/Day Photo Sessions
The following photo gallery consists only of images taken at Waimanalo Beaches during morning/day sessions. Morning sessions here typically start at 8:30am - 9am.
The following photo gallery consists only of images taken at Waimanalo Beaches during late afternoon/evening/sunset sessions. Evening sessions here typically start around 4 - 5pm, depending on the time of year.
Sunrise Photo Sessions
The following photo gallery consists only of images taken at Waimanalo Beaches during sunrise sessions. Sunrise sessions here typically start at 5:30 - 6:00am (15 minutes before sunrise to 75 min after sunrise).