SUNRISE LOCATIONS

These are a majority of the locations I prefer to shoot at for sunrise sessions. The lighting in the mornings are perfect at these locations, and they are dependent on the weather conditions as well. The sun rises way quicker than it sets here on Oahu, so being on time for Sunrise is very important. The more clouds, the better, so if you choose a location and I tell you the weather will not be prime for that location, I will choose a location where your images will come out beautiful and that will portray my portfolio the best. I cannot control Mother Nature, and there are times last minute I have to change the location of the photo session because of the weather.

Halona

Sunrise- Located on the Windward Side of the Island and is about a 25 minute drive to this location from Waikiki Beach. It is a cove, below the road, with lava rocks and a small beach area. It includes a short steep hike down a few rocks and sand. It is typically busy in the mornings for sunrise sessions, but there is enough parking.

Kualoa

Sunrise- Located on the Northside of Oahu near Kualoa Ranch about 45 minutes from Waikiki Beach. This location is known for its small beach, with white sand and turquoise waters and it is a great beach for swimming as well.

Makaapuu

Sunrise- Located on the Windward Side of Oahu approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki Beach. This location is known for its unique lava rocks, tide pools, and a large mountain in the backdrop. This beach is not great for swimming and the water is typically rough, but the tide pools you can easily go swimming in if the marine conditions allow for it. 

Makua

Sunrise- Located on the far west side of the island. This location is approximately 60 minutes from Waikiki beach and 40 minutes from Koolina. The beach is wide, and there are large mountains in the backdrop. There are also lava rock formations as well. For sunrise, there is ample parking, and is a short 2 minute walk to the sand.

Moks

Sunrise- Located on the Northshore approximately 50 minutes from Waikiki Beach. It is a small secluded beach with green trees, typically calm water and ample parking. It is a short 1 minute walk to the sand! There are not facilities at this location. 

Sandys

Sunrise- Sandys beach is on the far East side of Oahu, located about 25 minutes from Waikiki Beach. The sun rises right there over the water, so typically the more clouds the better for this location. The beach is fairly large, and lined with palm trees and shrubs. There are bathrooms at this location, and the parking lot is on the sand. I do not recommend swimming here, and the beach is known for its crazy shore break with barrels.

Waimanalo

Sunrise – Located on the East Side of the Island near Kailua. It’s approximately 35 minutes from Waikiki Beach. This location is known for its white sand beach, pine trees, and mountains in the backdrop. Parking is simple and the walk to the sand is less than a minute long. The water here is usually calm and is good for swimming. This location is best when there are clouds in the sky. 

SUNSET LOCATIONS

These are a majority of the locations I prefer to shoot at for sunset sessions. The lighting in the evenings are perfect at these locations, and they are dependent on the weather conditions as well. The more clouds, the better, so if you choose a location and I tell you the weather will not be prime for that location, I will choose a location where your images will come out beautiful and that will portray my portfolio the best. I cannot control Mother Nature, and there are times last minute I have to change the location of the photo session because of the weather.

Crouching Lion

Sunset-  Located in Kaaawa which is up near the Northshore and around the block from Kahana Bay. It’s approximately 55 minutes from Waikiki Beach. This location is known for its large green mountain, green trees,  grass and a wooded area with trees. It is typically always cloudy which makes for a great mooy sunset. There is ample parking, but not restrooms nearby.

Tracks

Sunset (Weekdays only)-  Located towards the West side of the Island. This location is 10 minutes from Koolina, and 60 minutes from Waikiki. It is a nice location, with white sand, and mountains in the backdrops as well. It is a good beach to swim at, and the water is typically calm. This location is best for couples, or smaller sized families. There are no facilities at this beach. 

Pounders

Sunset- (Weekdays only) –  Located on the Northshore of Oahu, near the Polynesian Cultural Center. This beach is about a 75 minute drive from Waikiki and Koolina and 15 minutes from Turtle Bay. It is a beautiful wide beach, with nice sand, a huge rock that you can walk up on that juts out into the ocean and the beach is lined with trees and shrubbery. There is ample parking, and fresh water showers, but no restrooms. 

LEFTOVERs

Sunset (Weekdays Only) – Located on the Northshore of Oahu. Leftovers is about 75 minutes from Waikiki Beach and 60 minutes from Koolina. It is known for its rock formations in the water and the water is calm here and you are able to swim. You will get wet at this location, and there isn’t much sand, so couples or smaller families only. There are no restrooms at this location, and there is ample parking. 

Kaena Point North

Sunset- Located on the far North West side of Oahu. Ka’ena Point is approximately 70 minutes from Waikiki Beach. It is known for its straw grass, lava rocks, choppy water, and really unique beaches. There are lava rock cliffs at this location that are on the side of the water that makes it unique. Parking is easy to come by, but there are no restrooms nearby.

Kaena Point West

Sunset  – Located on the furthest West side of the Island approximately 80-90 minutes from Waikiki Beach and 45 minutes from Koolina. This location is known for its wide beaches, mountains in the backdrop, hills, green grass, lava rocks and a wide open ocean. It is easy to park, there are restrooms, and it is usually quite crowded on the weekends, so weekdays are preferable. 

Kahana Bay

Sunset- Located in Kaaawa which is up near the Northshore. It’s approximately 50-60 minutes from Waikiki Beach. This location is known for its large green mountain, green trees, grass, and a wooded area with trees. It’s usually always cloudy here and it’s always a very moody sunset with lots of color.  There is ample parking, and it a 5-10 minute walk down the beach to get here. There are no restrooms here, but there is fresh water showers and feet rinse offs.

Kaiwo

Sunset- This location is the closest beach that I photograph to Waikiki Beach. It is approximately 25 minutes from Waikiki. It has a beach, walking trails with light brush, and mountains in the distance. There are also lava rocks in the water, so if the tide permits, and you wish to get a little wet we can walk on the lava rocks/reef. I do not recommend swimming here. There is plenty of parking, and it’s only a 02 minute walk to the beach from the parking lot. There are no restrooms.

Kawela Bay

Sunset- (Weekdays Only) – Located on the North Shore. This location is about 70 minutes from Waikiki Beach and 55 minutes from Koolina. It is one of the only locations on the Island that has beautiful banyan trees and a really nice wooded area that is very photogenic for photo sessions. It is popular on the weekends because of the banyan trees and hiking trails. The beach is gorgeous as well and has a tree line surrounding the sand. There is plenty of parking, and from the parking area, it is a 5 minute walk to the sand. The water is always calm here too and is a great beach for swimming.

Kualoa Regional

Sunset- (Weekdays Only) – Located on the Northside of Oahu near Kualoa Ranch about 50 minutes from Waikiki Beach. This location is known for its small beach, with white sand, and turquoise waters and it is a great beach for swimming as well. The big green mountain is very unique to the Island and there isn’t anything like it anywhere else. There is plenty of parking, and also has restrooms available too. 

Lanai Lookout

Sunset- Located on the East Side of the Island approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki Beach. It’s unique to the Island and there is no place similar. It is all lava rocks and they are rough on your feet. When it is windy or rough seas, it could be dangerous. If you aren’t into being risky, this is not the location for you. It is hard to get around this spot. I recommend going barefoot, but bringing easy slip ons or slides to walk to certain locations at this spot. Parking is easy, and the views are unreal.

Makaapuu

Sunset- Located on the Windward Side of Oahu approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki Beach. This location is known for its unique lava rocks, tide pools, and a large mountain in the backdrop. This beach is not great for swimming and the water is typically rough, but the tide pools you can easily go swimming in. There is ample parking, and the sand is about a 5 minute walk from the parking lot.

Makaapuu Cliffside

Sunset- This location is about 30 minutes from Waikiki Beach. The cliffs and grassy area are very unique, and the view is epic. There is plenty of parking, and it’s a very short walk to this location. There are no facilities located here.

Makua

Sunset – (Saturday/Sunday only) – Located on the far west side of the Island. This location is about a 40 minute drive from Koolina and about a 70 minute drive from Waikiki Beach. It has lava rocks, beautiful lush fields with a big mountain in the backdrop. Parking is limited, but not impossible. It is a short 5 minutes walk to the sand.

Moks

Sunset- Located on the Northshore approximately 60 minutes from Waikiki Beach. The beach is secluded, parking is easy, the beach is lined with green trees, and the water is typically calm. Parking is simple and there is ample parking as well. This location is typically best with partly cloudy or cloudy skies! There are no bathrooms here at this location.

Owopala

Sunset – This beach is 60-70 minute drive from Waikiki, and 10 minutes from Turtle Bay. The beach is long, wide, has nice sand, and is always empty. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the parking area to the sand and the water is typically calm. The beach is lined with some lava rocks, sand dunes, and beautiful green trees. This beach is very versatile and offers all different types of scenery. There are no bathrooms at this location.

Polo Norte

Sunset – (Weekdays Only) –  Located on the far North West Side of Oahu. This location is about 70 minutes from Waikiki Beach. It is a nice beach with pine trees lining the sand and a mountain backdrop way in the distance. There is plenty of parking, and it’s about a 5 minute walk to the sand.

Secret Island

Sunset- (Monday-Thursday only) –  Located on the Northside of Oahu near Kualoa Ranch about 50 minutes from Waikiki Beach. This location is known for its small beach, with white sand, palm trees and turquoise waters. It is a great beach for swimming, there is ample parking and this location is about a 15 minute walk through the woods to get to it. There are bathrooms near the parking lot with fresh water and showers.