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Surprise Engagement at Lanikai Beach

Surprise Engagement at Lanikai Beach Jolene Kaneshige Photography

“Lanikai” means heavenly ocean in the Hawaiian Language and when you see the beach, you will know exactly why. It’s known for its tranquil blue waters, bright blue skies, powdery white sand, and view of the famous Mokulua Islands. As one of the best beaches of Oahu, Hawaii; Lanikai Beach is also voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s no wonder that Chris sought out this beach for his surprise engagement proposal!

Located next to Kailua Beach, Lanikai Beach can be a little tricky to locate, as there are no posted beach signs. However, there are a few hidden beach access areas nearby residential housing. There was some coordinating involved as we had to figure out which beach access road would lead to the top secret proposal spot. Thank goodness for google maps and texting. We are not sure how people would coordinate something like this without the use of technology!

Upon our arrival there were photos of Chris and Grace (his fiancé to be) posted on the wall leading down to the beach. It make me super feel warm and fuzzy to see so many happy moments and memories that they shared together. We really wanted to stop to look at all the fun photos, but were not sure how much time we would have before Grace made her grand entrance! Finding a place to hide was priority #1! Luckily as we rounded the corner, we were greeted by other family members who were also trying to hide! It was a really funny sight to see so many people try to stay out of sight. Everyone was hoping that Chris had a good distraction technique so she wouldn’t see us!

When they arrived Chris took her down the path lined with photos. Grace was happily laughing at every photo, point and saying “I remember this! We had so much fun!” When they got to the last photo he lead her to letters in the sand that spelled “Marry Me” and got down on one knee! Her eyes lit up, she had the biggest smile on her face, and said “YES!” Everyone laughed, cheered, and shared in this special occasion! Also, since this was a local style proposal everyone had a potluck on the beach to celebrate! An Engagement and a party all wrapped up into one! Truly, there is no better way to celebrate than surrounded by friends and family!

Looking for other great locations? See Kaka’ako Beach Park, Waimanalo Bay, or Contact us! Let’s get planning!

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