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Kauai Sunset Wedding Locations?

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Kauai Sunset Wedding Locations?

Aloha,

Can anyone recommend a private beach spot for a sunset wedding on the South side of the Island. It's just going to be the two of us, no one else. I am working with a couple of planners, but want the right beach. We are arriving on Sept 18th, so I'm making all the arrangements by Friday!! :)

Also, anyone have a good vendor recommendation for a private dinner on the beach again on the South side?

Any other tips/advice welcome!! We are staying on the south side of the island on Poipu beach in a condo.

Other beach locations on the island for a sunset wedding are welcome too. We just want a really nice beach for pictures and as private as possible.

Mahalo,

Michele

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1. Re: Kauai Sunset Wedding Locations?

Michele, you're going to be hard pressed to find a "private" beach on the South Shore - at this time of year, it's usually pretty busy down there, and all Hawaiian beaches are public.

Having said that, my friends got married on Mahalepu Beach (there's that darn spelling issue again - I never get that right), back in May of 2002, and it was absolutely beautiful. Not private, but not crowded either - I think we saw two other people the whole time we were down there. Beautiful, unspoiled, somewhat "remote", and not a big touristy-type beach. Talk to your planners about it and see what they think.

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2. Re: Kauai Sunset Wedding Locations?

Aloha from Kaua'i!

I agree that anywhere here on the South Side of the island in the Po'ipu Beach area is not going to be exactly "private" -- there are just so many people for the number of beaches that we do have. Also it is true that all beaches in the state are public -- it is the access to them that is sometimes difficult and what makes what people consider a "private" beach.

Having said that -- the previous poster had a good recommendation. If you don't mind driving a big on a dirt road and hiking a little to the beach -- the Maha'ulepu Beach/Coast area is wonderful and comparatively uncrowded -- at least it is so large that usually you can find a place that is private. You take the dirt road just past the Grand Hyatt to get there -- anyone here can give you directions easily - - there are several parking areas for it as well.

By far the most popular place for a sunset/beach wedding here in the area would be Shipwreck's Beach -- by the Grand Hyatt. It is constantly being used for weddings -- it is a beautiful place and easy to get to -- just not considered "private" by any stretch of the imagination.

Just depends on how important "easy access" is to you!

Good luck!

Malama Pono,

Janet

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3. Re: Kauai Sunset Wedding Locations?

My husband and I were married in a GORGEOUS sunset ceremony on Ke'e Beach. It was simply breathtaking and our pictures reflect that :-) It beats the south shore hands down. And less busy!

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4. Re: Kauai Sunset Wedding Locations?

"Less busy" at Ke'e Beach? I guess that depends on the time of year and day. We went in June, could not find any parking and went back to the house. And everytime I've been there in the past, there have been a ton of people there.

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Michele,

I wanted to also let you know about a small rental house on Maha'ulepu Beach. It's called the Gillin Beach House. It has a private road to the house and the beach in front is usually always deserted.

http://www.gillinbeachhouse.com/

We rented this one year but changed our minds at the last minute. I had a 3 month old and was a bit nervous about being so secluded.

At the very least, you can see aerial photos of the area on the website.

Good Luck!

Marti

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6. Re: Kauai Sunset Wedding Locations?

We were married on Ke'e in February and yes, there were a few people there at sunset, perhaps a dozen, and they stayed respectfully away and gave us our privacy :-)

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ah, February! That explains the "not too busy" Ke'e Beach. I've glad the weather coorperated for you. When we stayed on the north shore in February, it rained straight for 5 days.

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Aloha from Kaua'i!

Certainly "martik"---- "Gillin's Beach House" is an absolutely incredible place -- it would be an absolute dream to stay there -- and you are also right -- the beach in front of it is pretty empty generally.

Just in passing: the owner of the "Gillin's Beach House" is one of my neighbors here in the condo complex that I live in -- it has been in the family for years and years!

Malama Pono,

Janet

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We just returned from Kauai. We were married at Shipwreck Beach in Poipu. We had a gorgeous ceremony right next to the Grand Hyatt. If you want to get married on the sand with the "rock and water" in the backround it is absolutely stunning. We chose a grassy area right off the sand that was surrounded by palm trees galore. The backround of our pics are palm trees, blue pacific waters and the infamous rock. All the beaches are public in Hawaii, but eventhough there may be sunbathers you can still find a quiet spot unspoiled by people. We used Mohala Weddings as our planners. We had a great minister named Niles. He was a clean- cut Japanese man. He and his wife sang and he played the ukelele. I'd be more than willing to share pics with you if you like, just email me. Also, rather than paying to stay in a resort which is way overpriced, we rented at Poipu Shores, unit 103A. Their email address is www. kauaibeachfrontcondos.com. We rented 103a and my parents had their other unit Kuhio Shores 119. You can't beat the views at either of these units. Please contact me for further info. We returned Sept 3rd. Best wishes on your planning. Stacey

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10. Re: Kauai Sunset Wedding Locations?

Aloha from Kaua'i!

"planefun1996" -- are you sure the minister's name was "Niles"?

Just wondering if it might have been a friend of mine who does lots of weddings on island -- his name is "Miles". Local guy.

Just curious?

Malama Pono,

Janet