The past few blog posts have showcased the stunning views and beaches on the East Coast of Oahu, Hawaii, but little did you know… there’s MORE!!! Today I will show you “Off the beaten path” or “Off da beaten path” as locals like to say (in our version of pidgin/creole/slang english.) So…What makes this spot amazing? It’s one of the most romantic and a picturesque hidden gems on the east side, especially to get engaged or married. This secret location is surrounded by sun, sand, ocean, view of the mountains, rocks, and other greenery. There is even a rope swing at this particular spot! It also accessible, meaning that its close by, and getting to the beach (after parking) is a quick 5 minute walk.
However, if you don’t know where it is, chances are…you won’t be able to find it. There are many famous nearby public beach spots on Oahu, but there is nothing quite like turning down a road and enjoying your own private beach away from most of the tourist! It’s such a huge change of pace compared to the hustle and bustle of Waikiki!
Recently, I had a special request from Neil who was a visiting the islands with his girlfriend, Jaclyn. He wanted to surprise her by proposing! Aka popping the big question! We corresponded via email and text to go over all the details and I explained to him how to get to the location (without getting lost). Google map pin drops and cell phone technology are such a wonderful thing!
I got there a little early to do some scouting. He told me what they were wearing and approximately what time they would be there. All that was left to do was to wait and hide. No one ever told me that part of my job of being a professional photographer would mean that I would be crawling through the bushes and laying on the sand as if I was a spy on a top secret mission!
Soon enough I had them in my sights with my long telephoto lens. He prepared photos of them adventuring to different places and some notes attached to them. When the time was right Neil made his move and asked her “Will you marry me?”
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