Updated: Aug 17, 2019
Have you been searching to no end for the perfect private beach wedding? Look no further. Waialea Bay, known as Beach 69 to locals, sits just south of Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area on the Big Island of Hawaii. Beach 69 is covered with trees and offers abundant shade to beach-goers who wish to have a relaxing day on the coast. For couples looking for an idealistic ceremony, the gorgeous coastline offers Kona’s crystal clear ocean and bright yellow sand scattered with black lava rocks. The stark contrast allows for incredible photographs. Imagine yourself tucked under a tree while you cozy up to your loved one.
Couples seeking wedded bliss will need to acquire a permit from Hawaii’s DNLR to enjoy a ceremony at Beach 69. Learn more about permits here. At Kona Wedding Officiant (konaweddingofficiant.com), beach permits are included with all beach weddings. Best ceremony hours are early morning to avoid crowds. Parking is also limited at Beach 69. Couples are encouraged to visit this beach ahead of time to plan their ceremony before the big day!
Enjoy the hours after your vows taking a dip in the refreshing ocean. Lounge in the hot sand or laze under the beach’s many shady trees. Bring your snorkel gear to enjoy a magical scene under the sea and pack your body boards for fun on the shore. More than just swimming, Beach 69 also offers the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, which leads to Hapuna Beach Park, Kua Bay, and other beaches along the northern stretch of Kona. “Established in 2000 for the preservation, protection and interpretation of traditional Native Hawaiian culture and natural resources, the Ala Kahakai NHT is a 175-mile trail corridor full of cultural and historical significance. It traverses through hundreds of ancient Hawaiian settlement sites and through over 200 ahupua'a (traditional sea to mountain land divisions) " (www.nps.gov). Though this trail is not really accessible from front to back for the entire 175 mile stretch, it is well worth exploring if you are seeking a day full of adventure at one of the most beautiful spots on Big Island. Just want to relax together? No problem. Kiawe Trees cover the beach so you and your honey can tuck away and snooze.
Couples enjoying wedded bliss can honeymoon at the luxurious Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel, overlooking the fabulous Hapuna Beach Park. Couples looking to save a buck can camp for only $50 a night in 4 persona A-Frame Shelters (see below - only $30 a night for Hawaii’s residents!).
10 Important Things You Should Know About Beach 69 1. Public bathrooms and shower facilities are provided. Bring your own drinking water. 2. Camping is not permitted at Waialea Bay. However, in very close proximately is Hapuna Beach State Park, where camping is permitted. See below: (http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/camping/hawaii.cfm) Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area has 4-person A-Frame shelters. These shelters consist of a single screened room with wooden sleeping platforms and a picnic table. Centrally located is a pavilion with a range, refrigerator, and tables. Comfort Stations with cold showers and restrooms are available for shared use by all shelters.
Rates: Hawaii Residents: $30 per shelter per night. Non-residents: $50 per shelter per night.
3. Locals go to the beach for free. Sorry tourists, if you want to visit Hapuna or 69, you must pay a small fee of $5.00 per vehicle for the day. 4. This beach is longer than it looks! Hidden by the trees, you may be torn to go one way or the other. After you have established your spot, be sure to walk from end to end. You will be surprised at how spectacular and lengthy the beach is. 5. There is little reef off the coast here, so pass on the snorkel gear and bring down the boogie boards. With gentle surf and covered rocks in the summers, everyone can have a great time swimming on this shoreline. 6. But! Be mindful of where you get into the water. Use good judgment and see where others get in and out. Some areas of the coastline are rocky and unsafe to get into. Look for the areas filled with sand, especially at the most northern end of the beach. Be careful of exposed and unexposed rocks! 69 is very rocky in the winter, which means that layers of sand are covering these existing rocks during summer. Stay away from dark areas and tread lightly as to not cause injury to yourself. 7. The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail passes through this area and connects to other beautiful beaches on this coastline. If you intend to hike this trail a long distance, be sure to have comfortable hiking shoes, sun protection, and plenty of food and water. In this area, the Ala Kahakai Trail is exposed and mostly lava rock. Exhaustion, dehydration, and sunburn are real possibilities, especially for the underprepared. 8. There are NO lifeguards at this beach. Swim at your own risk. If in doubt, don’t go out! 9. Waialea Bay in the summer and Waialea Bay in the winter are like night and day. A calm summer’s water leads to raging winter surf. It is advised to keep out of the water during the wintertime due to head high waves and extreme currents. Only advanced swimmers should enter the water. Reread number 8. 10. This is a great place for the whole family to spend an exciting beach day! But--get there early or get there late, because it will be packed full of other people trying to have a great time too!
Aloha for now ~ Deanna, Licensed Minister, Kona Wedding Officiant
If you imagine an intimate beach wedding for your upcoming ceremony, connect with me anytime at Kona Wedding Officiant, firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-209-6275
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