Hawaii In Contrasts: From Deserted Beaches to People Watching Mecca

We continue our series of Hawaii In Contrasts with a visit to a couple of very different Hawaii’s beaches. First, let’s look at a deserted beach on Lana’i, Polihua Beach. We had this two-mile long beach all to ourselves after taking a four-wheel drive adventure on Lanai.

Polihua Beach

Now compare that quiet beach to Oahu’s people watching mecca, Waikiki Beach.
Waikiki Beach

Which beach would you prefer?

  1. Definitely deserted. While we are on the beach subject…. me and my fiance are getting married in Oahu on April 29, 2010. Do you have any recommendations for the quiet beaches close to waikiki with great views? Any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks!

  2. @ Christine – Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Depending on the time of day that you want to have your wedding, Waikiki Beach can actually be quiet, believe it or not. At about 5:30, it’s really pretty quiet. Then there are sections of Waikiki Beach that are more quiet than others.

    As for suggestions for a beach near Waikiki that might be a bit more quiet – Ala Moana Beach Park is nearby. Also, consider Kakaoko Waterfront Park that gives you ocean views, though it doesn’t really have a sandy beach area. Here’s a quick photo we snapped of a wedding couple: http://www.flickr.com/photos/govisithawaii/2984502671/in/set-72157600050315663/

    Have you chosen a photographer? If you have, your photographer can give you good ideas. In case you’ve not selected one, I know Natalie Norton from Oahu. She’s an exceptionally talented portrait photographer who creates unique photos. See this Q&A with Natalie: https://www.govisithawaii.com/2008/01/24/amazing-advice-on-choosing-a-wedding-and-family-portrait-photographer-in-hawaii/ You’ll find links to her site there.

    Another neat option for you to consider is: http://www.hawaiiweddings.com/

    I hope this helps!

  3. I’m a fan of the secluded spots, with Hamoa Beach passed Hana on Maui being my favorite deserted beach. When I can walk a beach and shot photos like there’s no one there, it’s such an amazing feeling.

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