Kawela Bay

Oahu’s legendary North Shore is where the winter surf can be heart stopping, yet the other seasons bring a glassy ocean that is blessedly tranquil. The only full-fledged upscale resort on the North Shore is aptly named Turtle Bay, and your wedding or elopement can be right next to it at the oh-so-private Kawela Bay. Kawela Bay is the speakeasy of beaches, with forest and sandy beach side by side. Uniquely-formed banyan trees fill the woodland, and you will pass by a particularly archetypal tree on your way to the beach where you’ll have your intimate ceremony.

If you’ve imagined your destination wedding on a Hawaii shoreline where it feels like you have the beach and Pacific Ocean to yourselves, Kawela Bay could be your perfect choice. This prime location is often completely free of others, save a horse or two that may meander by because the Stables at Turtle Bay offer this picturesque coastline route.

Your wedding or elopement photo opportunities are outstanding here! The lighting is ideal all day long, and you can opt for beachfront shots, or woodsy photos, with those amazing banyan trees serving as sensational backdrops.

Of course, this wedding venue is highly convenient if you’re staying on the North Shore or at the Turtle Bay Resort; but even if you are in Waikiki or elsewhere on our beautiful island, you’ll not mind the 90 minutes or so of driving time because you will see a gorgeous cross-section of Oahu. 1 1/2 hour road trip! (Longer if there is a winter surf competition going on.) No matter where your accommodations are located, Kawela Bay is worth the lovely drive and can fulfill your dream of a secluded Hawaii beach wedding!