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Updated: April 15th, 2021

Places to Elope In Oahu

Oahu is known as “The Gathering Place” for its lively nightlife, craft beer and food scene, and local culture, especially in Honolulu. You can’t go wrong with an Oahu elopement package, whether your ceremony is at one of the island’s beautiful beach resorts or in a smaller, charming ocean town. From ocean coves to white sand beaches to lush tropical forests, an Oahu elopement has it all.

Elope to Oahu

Places to elope in Oahu

Yokohama Beach Park

Yokohama Beach Park

If you’re looking for the true private beach experience on Oahu, this is the spot for you! Rarely do tourists...

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Waimanalo Beach

Waimanalo is located in southeastern Oahu and commonly known as cowboy (Paniolo) countryside. The pristine turquoise waters with soft white...

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Waialae Beach

Waialae Beach

Situated on Oahu’s south shore, Waialae Beach neighbors Kahala Hotel & Resort. This beach can get busy on the weekends...

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Hale’iwa Beach

Hale’iwa Beach

Sunsets, sea turtles and green waters? That’s the Hawaiian experience you’ve come for, right? Hale’iwa is a great beach for...

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Papa’iloa Beach

Papa’iloa Beach

Big LOST fan? This is the spot for you because this is the beach where the hit TV show was...

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Packages

Our elopement packages will make it easy for you to elope on Oahu!

Seed
Seed
  • Officiation services

    Personalization of vows

  • Enactment of ceremony

    Advice on obtaining wedding license

  • Advice on ceremony locations

    Coordination of beach permit

Starting at

$500

Sprout
Sprout
  • Everything from the

    Seed Package

  • Photography of ceremony

    Brief portrait session after (up to one hour of photography)

  • Digital transfer of 75+ edited images

    Delivery of Photos (15 days or less after ceremony)

Starting at

$1,050

Bloom
Bloom
  • Everything from the

    Sprout Package

  • Two gender-appropriate lei for ceremony and lei exchange

    Delivery of flowers

Starting at

$1,200

OASIS
OASIS
  • Everything from the

    BLOOM PACKAGE

  • 2 Hours Total of Photography

    Beach Permit

  • 1 Hour of Videography

    Long-form video of ceremony & 1-2 minute Highlight reel

  • On-Site Helper

  • Hair & Makeup for one person

Starting at

$3,525

Wildflower Experience - Oahu

Looking for something a little more exotic? Check out our adventure elopement package!

Our Wildflower Experience tailors an outdoor elopement to your sense of adventure and exploration! This package is personally guided by our photographer Ryan Schorr. It is customized to your fit your style and includes hiking to an amazing location, an intimate ceremony with officiation and couples portraits.

This Experience also includes:

Up to four hours of photography anywhere on Oahu
Tailored location, time and outfit suggestions
Online gallery of 175+ edited, high-res digital photos
Unlimited downloads and personal printing rights delivered fifteen days or less after ceremony.

Package Price $2,750

Add-Ons

You can optionally add any of the following services to your package:


Flowers

Flowers

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Flowers

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Flowers
Extra Photography

Extra Photography

$500/HR
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Extra Photography

$500/HR
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Extra Photography
Hair & Makeup

Hair & Makeup

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$390

Hair & Makeup

*Powered by Pink Chique
$390

Hair & Makeup

Engagement Shoot

$600

Engagement Shoot

$600

On-Site Helper

On-Site Helper

$415

On-Site Helper

$415

On-Site Helper

Add videography to
your Oahu
elopement

$1,100

Our videography package comes with an edited 1 – 2 minute highlight reel (perfect for sharing on socials!), as well as a longform, minimally edited film of the full ceremony.

It’s No Secret…

Traditional weddings are incredibly expensive and can take years to plan. When couples choose to elope, their ceremonies can be planned quickly at a fraction of the cost. But don’t take our word for it!

Thank you Simply Eloped for making our day the best of our lives!

Jayci and Joshua

Thank you so much for your service and making things so easy for us!

Mariah and Timothy

Our small, personal ceremony was everything we could have hoped for. We had Kiholo Bay beach all to ourselves. Everyone was wonderful to work with. It was just the most stress free, relaxing day. We can’t thank you enough for everything!

Amelia and Sean

Thank you for a great wedding.

Julie and Jerry

Thanks again for everything.

Bart and Vivian

Great overall experience!

Karly MacDonald

Simply Eloped, you made our wedding day absolute perfection. We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts! We will recommend you to anyone planning a wedding!

Shelby and Tanner

Meet our vendors

Ryan, Photographer

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in Hawaii so special?

The celebratory leis couples get to wear! Also, newly minted spouses are able to swim in the ocean immediately after saying “I do!”

What do you love about the work you do?

I enjoy elopements for their intimacy. Our officiants and I have a tight flow together and I like that our couples are so relaxed on their wedding day. It all comes through in the pictures.

Kay, Photographer

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in Oahu so special?

The island of Oahu is like a dream playground for everybody who lives nature! We have amazing mountain ranges, lava lands, coves and ocean with beautiful corals – and they are there anytime you come back to the island to remember the moment again and again!

Mark, Officiant

Featured Vendors
What do you love about the work you do?

It may sound corny, but it really does feel great to be a positive part of a couple’s special day. Couples from 25 years ago have contacted me to do their vow renewals. It is an honor that they remember me as part of their special day, even from so long ago.

What’s your favorite elopement venue in Oahu?

If I absolutely had to name one it would be Secret Beach (aka Lanikuhonua Beach)

Our Team

Janessa Nichole White
Janessa Nichole White
Co-founder
Ryan
Ryan
Photographer
Elias Parker
Elias Parker
Officiant
Rachel
Rachel
Photographer
Jason
Jason
Videographer
Travis
Travis
Videographer
Daniella
Daniella
Photographer
Enzo
Enzo
Photographer
Reveal Hair & Makeup
Reveal Hair & Makeup
Hair & Makeup
Stephanie
Stephanie
Hair and Makeup
Mark Kurnow
Mark Kurnow
Officiant
Janessa Nichole White
Janessa Nichole White
Co-founder
Ryan
Ryan
Photographer
Elias Parker
Elias Parker
Officiant
Rachel
Rachel
Photographer
Jason
Jason
Videographer
Travis
Travis
Videographer
Daniella
Daniella
Photographer
Enzo
Enzo
Photographer
Reveal Hair & Makeup
Reveal Hair & Makeup
Hair & Makeup
Stephanie
Stephanie
Hair and Makeup
Mark Kurnow
Mark Kurnow
Officiant

How to Elope on Oahu

The gateway to the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is akin to Los Angeles, with a thriving food scene, happening nightlife, and plenty of culture—except you’re on an island! For those looking to elope or have a small wedding on Oahu, you should be okay with having other tourists around. Also known as “The Gathering Place,” the island is home to two-thirds of Hawai’i’s population as well as the capital, Honolulu. Oahu is the place that you’re most likely to encounter locals and despite its population of roughly one million, there are still plenty of beaches perfect for an intimate elopement.

Although there are crowds, that also means that there’s a lot to do! When mainlanders tend to think of Hawai’i, it’s often famous Oahu locations that first come to mind, including Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, Hanauma Bay, and the North Shore. As such, if you choose to elope on Oahu, there’s no shortage of fabulous places to stay and eat, as well as fun activities. Known for its epic (and frequent) rainbows, as well as being the setting of the TV series “Lost,” Oahu also offers stunning scenery at every turn.

Thanks to the extensive local knowledge and insight from our team of officiants and photographers, we’ve created this guide for anyone considering eloping on Oahu. Read on to find the perfect beach for your elopement, logistics on getting a Hawaiian marriage certificate, insight on what time of year is best to elope on Oahu, and how much an eloping on Oahu might cost you.

What are the best beaches for a small Oahu wedding?

Looking for privacy? A short drive or walk from your resort? A mix of greenery and white sand? The beauty of having a small wedding on Oahu is that your options are endless—to make things easier, we’ve picked five of our favorite beaches for your big day. For all of these beaches, a permit is required, something we help coordinate as part of our elopement packages.

Typically, beach weddings throughout Hawai’i are limited to 20 people max, although with Covid-19, that number is now six. Also good to note: Most of these locations will require a scenic drive, so we recommend renting a car. You can’t go wrong with a convertible!

Papa’iloa Beach
Once the set of “Lost,” this beach is decently public but there’s always some privacy to be found. Located on the North Shore, there’s a ton of easy parking and access. There’s also a great mix of greenery and beach views. Plus, the sunsets are fantastic.

Hale’iwa Beach
Also on the North Shore, near the charming small town of Hale’iwa, this beach is a bit more heavily trafficked due to its proximity to restaurants and shops, as well as its popularity with sea turtles. Although the reefs are shallow, meaning it’s not great for swimming, the wildlife sightings and views (especially at sunset) make it a lovely wedding spot.

Waialae Beach
Relatively close to Honolulu, you can Uber or Lyft to this location, drive (there’s a small parking lot), or choose to splurge on the neighboring Kahala Hotel & Resort. A stream borders this beach and there are even some small grassy areas perfect for setting-up some chairs for a small wedding. Because of its location and stunning views (there’s a small island with palm trees just offshore), this beach tends to be pretty popular. Avoid the crowds by eloping at sunrise!

Waimanalo Beach
Located on the southeastern shore of Oahu, about a half-hour drive from Honolulu, this is a fantastic beach for intimate sunrise elopements (we don’t recommend it after 11 am). In the heart of cowboy (Paniolo) countryside, there are green knolls and trees, pristine, turquoise waters, and soft, white sand, ideal for eloping barefoot. The parking lot is small here, so it’s not ideal for larger groups.

Yokohama Beach Park
Of the five beaches outlined here, Yokohama is the furthest from Honolulu (about an hour’s drive from Waikiki), making it the most secluded and ideal for an intimate elopement. Tourists rarely head to the west side of the island, despite the incredible beaches, lush greenery, and primo sunsets.

Can I have a Waterfall Elopement on Oahu?

There’s no shortage of stunning waterfalls on Oahu, all of which would make a great backdrop for any elopement or small wedding. However, most waterfalls require some hiking, and those that don’t are often crowded with tourists. Other waterfalls, like Lulumahu Falls and La’ie Falls, require a permit to visit in addition to longer hikes. Waterfalls can also be super buggy and the trails incredibly muddy after rainstorms, so plan accordingly. If you’ve got your heart set on a waterfall elopement on Oahu, our Oahu Wildflower Package, which allows for lengthy, customized itineraries, could be a great option.

What makes an Oahu elopement legal?

In a lot of ways, the state of Hawai’i makes it super simple to make your Oahu elopement legal. In order to apply for your marriage license, you’ll need an ID—state-issued or a passport works (you don’t have to be a US citizen to elope in Hawai’i)—and a copy of a divorce decree if either you or your partner have previously been married. Typically, you’d begin the process of obtaining a Hawaiian marriage license online but would still need to make an appointment to obtain a physical copy of your marriage license in-person. Due to Covid-19, however, this entire process has been made virtual.

Luckily, the state of Hawai’i does not require a waiting period nor a witness (so if you’re planning to elope on Oahu alone, you don’t have to worry about finding a kind stranger to witness your big day). All you need is a marriage license and a registered marriage performer. The total application fee for a Hawaiian marriage license is $65 and it’s crucial that you receive your marriage license prior to your ceremony—your officiant signing it is what makes the whole thing legal! If you book one of our Oahu elopement packages, we’ll provide an experienced officiant well-versed in all things Oahu.

When’s the best time to elope on Oahu?

The average temperature year-round on Hawai’i is 80 degrees, so you really can’t go wrong choosing to elope on Oahu any time of year. However, mid-December to mid-April, plus June to September is tourist season, meaning prices are higher and everything is more crowded. The off-season on Oahu is just as lovely! No matter the time of year, however, expect it to be raining at some time on some part of the island (hence the incredible rainbows).

As for the time of day, we recommend avoiding the glare and crowds that come with midday ceremonies and opting instead to elope around the softer light of sunrise or sunset. Once you’ve decided on where in Oahu you’re going to elope, your photographer will be your best resource when it comes to nailing the specific time of day for your chosen location.

How much does an Oahu elopement cost?

Everything costs more on the Hawaiian Islands, including Oahu, so definitely make sure that whoever you end up inviting knows that beforehand. When you account for food, accommodations, and travel expenses, even the cost of an elopement can add up fast. Luckily, eloping on Oahu is basically a wedding and honeymoon rolled into one! On average, one week on Oahu usually costs around $1,864 per person.

Our Oahu elopement packages are priced affordably from $500 for a basic ceremony to $3,525 for our top-end package, with plenty of options in between. On Oahu, we even offer a Wildflower Package for $2,750, which includes a customized itinerary to multiple locations with a personal guide, four hours of photography, and an intimate ceremony. This is a great option for anyone looking for an Oahu waterfall elopement, a location that requires a hike, or wants to nab photos at multiple scenic spots.

If you’re trying to be cost-conscious but still want to experience Oahu, forgo the resorts in favor of an Airbnb or VRBO. The good news is that flights to Oahu tend to be the cheapest and there are always good deals on dining and accommodations to be found. When budgeting, you’ll also want to account for your rental car, the $65 marriage license fee, and the cost of a beach permit (usually around $50). If you want flowers, including leis, make sure you also budget for them (our standard Hawaiian arrangements typically run from $40 for the boutonniere to $200 for a Haku, or a thick Hawaiian-style flower crown).

Kiran Herbert

Article written by

Kiran Herbert

Kiran Herbert is an elopement officiant and writer who takes pride in making all of her ceremonies magical. Kiran grew up around the world but having spent a year living in national parks, she’s convinced that the U.S. is the most beautiful.

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Updated: April 15th, 2021

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