October 13, 2013
We woke up early and were on the road by 6:00 am to drive up the North Coast to find the perfect wedding location. Since we already decided on the North Coast we drove all the way to the end of the road where you can pick up the Kalalau Trail by Ke’e beach. Driving up the North Coast is a beautiful ride. There are cute little towns along the way and posh Princeville to explore. Everything gets more lush and green as you drive further up the coast. It is easy to see why parts of Jurrasic Park were filmed there. Joe even said, “I’m just waiting for a pterodactyl to fly out from the trees!”
There were a few scenic overlooks along the way so we stopped at one that gave views of the valley.
The mist surrounding the mountains was so beautiful in the early morning sun. I also used this time to experiment with the tripod and self timer on my Nikon. The tripod was only $20 and has been great on the trip so we can actually have pictures of us together.
After about an hour of driving we made it to Ke’e Beach. The views of the Napali Coast are stunning. It was obvious right away that we wanted pictures here at sunset. Finding a spot to do the vows was a little harder. We still wanted it to be private without a lot of gawkers so we trekked down the beach further to see if we could find a secluded spot. There really wasn’t one and it would be hit or miss anyway.
With that we decided to keep looking. We stopped at several beaches; each uniquely beautiful. Again, privacy would be an issue. Joe even thought about doing a sunrise wedding instead so there would be less people. I had to put the kabosh on that since there was no way we would all get up and ready by 6:30 am.
Joe likes to get off the beaten path so I am usually the voice of reason who has to say, “no I don’t think we’re supposed to go this way.” Joe was persistent and got me to hike down a steep slope to a lava rock cliff between Hanalei Bay and Lumahai Beach. Both are famous beaches and are absolutely gorgeous. The cliff was secluded and offered a lot of privacy. Getting married on a lava rock cliff was also unique and different so we liked that too.
After checking out a few more beaches we decided The Cliff was the perfect place to say our vows. We celebrated our decision with macadamia nut french toast at the Kalypso in Hanalei.
Next we needed to convince our parents that The Cliff was worth the slightly dangerous trek. We picked up some groceries and prepared some h’orderves and tropical drinks and had our parents over to the condo. Our parents were prepared to go wherever we wanted and understood why we picked The Cliff when we showed them the pictures.
We went over other details of what time and where to meet and what the girls would do and the guys would do beforehand and then called it a night!