Duke Kahanamoku Beach (Hilton Lagoon Beach)
Duke Kahanamoku Beach is the only public beach in Waikiki that we can legally photograph at (with a commercial film permit). It is located next to the Hilton Hawaiian Village and is a popular surf spot for locals. Neighboring hotels are the Hale Koa Hotel, Ilikai Hotel, The Modern Honolulu, and Prince Waikiki. Since it is located within Waikiki, it is usually pretty crowded with both visitors and locals using the beach. We'll do our best to minimize people in the background, but if you are looking for a secluded beach, check out some of the East Oahu locations.
Due to the direction of the sun, mornings will have a more washed-out background whereas you'll get more vibrant colors in the evening & sunset.
Aside from the ocean and Hilton lagoon, we get a nice view of Diamond Head and there are some nearby canoes and coconut trees that are great scenery for the background. One of my favorite spots is the black lava rock wall which contrasts nicely with the deep blue ocean. If you don't mind having a few people in the background of your photos, this can be a nice location that is just a few minutes away from your Hotel.