Oahu is the most densely populated island in Hawaii and thus it's also known as the gathering place. With Waikiki on the south shore and the nearby Kakaako and China Town, you might forget that you're in Hawaii at all! Shops, bars, restaurants and hidden foodie gems ("hole in the walls") that are ahhhmazing. I spent the majority of my 20's living on Oahu as a college student and so this island holds a special place in my heart. It's also the island that I have chosen to reside in and base all my professional activities out of. The thing about Oahu that not many people realize is that you can truly get the best of both worlds. There is the hustle and bustle of downtown but also just under an hour away from the city, you'll find yourself in what you'd expect from Hawaii. World renowned beaches, local food fare and restaurants, and local artisan shops. (Always shop local while in Hawaii).
Fun Facts About Oahu
- Official island color is yellow
- island flower is the Ilima
- It is the most populated island with roughly 75% of the states population residing here
- Iolani Palace is the only Royal Palace in the United States
- Waikiki was originally a swamp!
Take a look at these location ideas as you are planning your Oahu wedding, engagement, couples, maternity or family photo session. And remember, if you have a location not listed hear, please tell me. I am all ears and will always be up for an adventure.
About | A beach location near town
Pros | Cute coconut trees, views of mountains
Cons | Setting sun will not be in photos since its east facing.
Best time of day| Sunrise or sunset
View Photos of Waialae
About |A botanical garden with a greenhouse in town
Pros | A GREENHOUSE, large garden with plenty of photo worthy nooks and crannies.
Cons | A permit fee of $20
Best time of day| 3pm
View Photos of Foster Gardens
About |Private Garden in Kailua
Pros | Gorgeous garden setting, colorful, private, intimate.
Best time of day| 1 hour before sunset
Notes | Only available for weddings or "The Ohana" and "The Everything" portrait packages.