5 Hikes for an Adventurous Hawaii Elopement
If you crave a wedding day that’s unlike any other – a day spent amongst some of the most beautiful scenery the world has to offer, a day filled with adventure, a day that reflects who you are as a couple, a Hawaii elopement might be right for you! And if you want to go for a hike on your elopement day, whether it’s a quick stroll to a waterfall or a long backpacking trek, here are 5 amazing hikes for your Hawaii elopement.
Why Hike During Your Hawaii Elopement?
Before I tell you my favorite hiking spots, here are some reasons why couples should consider working for those views on their elopement day!
1) Scenery in Hawaii
The first one, and probably the reason people go on hikes, is the incredible scenery. While there are plenty of gorgeous spots all over the islands of Hawaii that are easily accessible, any hiker knows that the best views take some work. If you go for a hike during your Hawaii elopement, you can reach some stunning spots!
2) Privacy for Your Elopement Ceremony
Not only is the scenery extra breathtaking, but you’re a lot more likely to get the place to yourselves! Every couple wants some privacy when it comes to their Hawaii elopement, but the easy to get to spots are always much more crowded. Usually, the harder the hike, the less people you’re likely to run into!
3) A Challenge on Your Wedding Day
Eloping is all about getting married in a way that reflects who you are as a couple – and if hiking together is something you love to do, a hike is the perfect way to begin your marriage! A lot of couples also feel that a challenging hike is a symbol for the challenges of a relationship – the path may be steep at times, but the views and the feeling of reaching the summit make it all worth it.
5 Hikes for Your Hawaii Elopement
Here are 5 amazing hikes to consider for your Hawaii elopement!
The Kalalau Trail
Located on Kauai, the Kalalau Trail is 22 miles roundtrip. It runs along the Na Pali Coast, with incredible views of the ocean! It’s been named one of the most beautiful hikes in the world, and it ends at Kalalau Beach. The beach features the crystal clear blue water and dazzling white sand that Hawaii is famous for, but because it’s only accessible by land, it’s much more private than most of the state’s beaches. Along the way, you’ll see waterfalls, valleys, sea caves, and beaches – and while you can do this as a day hike, camping overnight gives you more time to enjoy the views! (as of 2021, not suitable for photos)
This hike is definitely not for beginners, so if you’re considering it for your Hawaii elopement, make sure to do some research! It’s one of the most beautiful hikes in the world, but the narrow trails and rain storms can also make it one of the most dangerous.
Manoa Falls is a much easier trail, located near Honolulu, Oahu. It’s a 1.7 mile hike that leads to a 150 foot waterfall. Along the way, you’ll walk through the dense rainforest, with lush vegetation and a chance to spot wildlife! Manoa Falls is most impressive during the rainy season (November through March), but keep in mind that this leads to mud on the trail – wear waterproof boots and watch your step (not suitable for photos)!
The Pololu Valley hike ends in sweeping views of a lush green valley surrounded by mountains. At three miles roundtrip, this hike on the Big Island of Hawaii is short – but it is steep! Along the way, you’ll trek through the jungle, walk past a beach, and see several different lookouts where you can stop to admire the view (or to catch your breath). (not suitable for photos)
This is a great hike for your Hawaii elopement if you want to enjoy some incredible views of the mountains! It’s also known as the Ka’iwa Ridge Trail, because it traverses the Ka’iwa Ridge in Oahu, giving hikers a bird’s eye view of the Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach, and the Mokulua Islands. The trail is 1.8 miles long, but pretty steep – especially in the beginning. The views start early on, so if you want a shorter trip you can hike just a small portion of the trail! (not suitable for photos)
These falls are located in the Waipio Valley, which is known for being a more remote area of the Big Island. Ha’Ilawe Falls is about 1,450 feet tall, sitting against a tall green backdrop. The jungle hike through this quiet, remote valley is only a mile long, making this an easy choice for any couple who wants a beautiful, private spot for their elopement ceremony! (not suitable for photos)
When to Elope in Hawaii
While Hawaii is stunning year round, with pretty great weather, the best time for your Hawaii elopement will depend on what you want to do!
Summers are very hot and humid, and the weather may be a little too warm for most people. Spring and fall offer the most mild temperatures, and because winter is the most popular time to visit Hawaii, spring and fall are usually much less crowded! As tourists try to escape the cold, winters become very popular in Hawaii – so while the weather is great, you’ll have a harder time finding secluded spots for your elopement. Winters are also usually rainy, and hikes can become very muddy and sometimes dangerous.
Winter is the best time if you want to surf, but otherwise, I recommend eloping in spring or fall to avoid crowds!
Hawaii Elopement Packages
As an elopement photographer, my job is to craft the perfect elopement day for each couple. This looks different for everyone – so whether you want to do a strenuous hike, or you’re looking for something gorgeous but less time consuming, I’ll help you find the perfect trail for your Hawaii elopement (where permits are actually available and we’ll be able to take photos!). If you’re ready to start planning your peaceful elopement experience, contact me to learn more about Hawaii elopement packages, and let’s talk about your dream day!