How to Propose in Honolulu

Featured Honolulu Proposal Tips
  • Choose a special location to pop the question in Honolulu
  • Practice getting down on one knee beforehand
  • Think about what you will say
  • Make reservations so you have a reason to dress up
  • Hire a proposal photographer to plan and capture the moment

Since 2013, Flytographer has captured thousands of surprise proposal photos all around the globe. Explore romantic proposal ideas and tips from real couples, including their top proposal ideas and tips, and the best ways and the best places to propose in Honolulu. Explore our customers’ heartwarming Honolulu proposal stories below.

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Wesley & Emani's Proposal Story in Honolulu

How did you meet?

At a coffee shop

What is your love story?

Since the first date, we both seemed to enjoy each other’s company and constantly wanted to be around each other. When I wasn’t with her, I would often times look forward to talking to Emani again. I first knew she was the one after we went through some disagreements, but were able to communicate and grow stronger together. We complement each other and are constantly teaching each other something new.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Hawaii is so beautiful and we both love to hike and do water activities.

What is your proposal story?

I told Emani that I wanted to snap some pictures of us together and we headed out to Makapu’u. We walked down to the water and I started taking pictures of her against a phenomenal backdrop. When I told her to come and look at the photos, I told her how amazing she is and proposed to her.

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The weather can be a bit fickle, but even if it says it’s going to rain, often times it’s only part of the island and clears up quickly. I think it requires a bit of luck, but fortunately the island is often lovely so there will be opportunities. We chose a weekday in the early morning and we pretty much had the beach all to ourselves!

Proposed in Honolulu in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Daniella in Honolulu for Flytographer


Michael's Proposal Story in Honolulu

What is your love story?

We met the most modern way possible, a dating app and we both knew after our first date that our dating days were over!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Growing up, Hawaii has a special place in my heart and I wanted to share that part of me with my soon to be fiancé.

Proposed in Honolulu in January

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Tara in Honolulu for Flytographer


Travis's Proposal Story in Honolulu

What is your love story?

Ariel and I met at a Hair Salon that she used to work at. I was seeing the owner of the shop for my haircuts and one day the owner was too busy to fit me in so she referred me to this other hairstylist named Ariel. Thank the lord the owner was booked up or we may have never met!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We are visiting Oahu with my family for our vacation this year. So I did some research and found flytographer and also the location was a super close walk from the hotel. I also did some research on the photographers themselves and looked at their photographs and location they have shot at before!

What is your proposal story?

Ah man! It was a crazy day. Tara messaged me early in the morning and said that a baby monk seal had been born the night before on Paradise Cove, the beach where my proposal was going to be! So I am frantic trying to figure out where else we can shoot because the beach could potentially be closed down. I'm researching different beaches and finally I tell Tara that Ariel and I are going to scope out the Paradise Cove location. We get to the beach hours before hand and we see the baby seal and mommy seal. Ariel thinks we're just on a walk but really I'm scoping out the beach for our main event later! I then let Tara know that the beach is fine to still shoot at. Talk about crisis averted! Around 6 pm we walk back to the beach, Ariel thinks it's just to see the baby seal again before we go to dinner. I walk her down the the water and hold her hands while I say my little speech. Then I get down on one knee and ask the love of my life to marry me. She said YES by the way!

Proposed in Honolulu in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Tara in Honolulu for Flytographer


Xavier's Proposal Story in Honolulu

What is your love story?

We met for the very first time at a grad party after we both graduated from different high schools. We were both attending the same college and had a few mutual friends. Fast forward to one day during their senior year of college, Natasha was studying at Xavier’s house since she was partners with one of his roommates for a class project. She struck up a conversation with Xavier on the couch that quickly turned into hours, with both of them sharing intimate details of their lives. Eventually, a deeper friendship blossomed and they kept in touch through graduation. After months of sporadic platonic dinners, Xavier finally admitted he wanted to take Natasha on a “real” date. They soon realized how similar they were, yet how well they balanced each other out. It didn’t take long for them to realize that they were meant for each other and the rest is history!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Both of us love Hawaii. We had gone to Kauai a couple times before but never Oahu together. Xavier knew this was a perfect opportunity to pop the question and reached out to Flytographer to help plan it out.

What is your proposal story?

Xavier knew he wanted a location that was scenic but also secluded. Our photographer, Reese, suggested a spot in the North Shore that was sure to be the perfect location and it was! After Xavier and Natasha spent the day exploring the beautiful beaches and scenery of the North Shore, the last stop before dinner was at La’ie Point. He took her to the secluded location with an amazing view of the ocean. He went down on a knee and she said yes!

Proposed in Honolulu in November

Photo Shoot Location: La'ie Point (North Shore)

Reese in Honolulu for Flytographer


Sri Richgopinath's Proposal Story in Honolulu

What is your love story?

We were first colleagues in the same law firm in Kuala Lumpur. We both have very different personalities (she is the yang to my yin!), but somehow, as they say, opposites attract. Can't imagine spending the rest of my life with anyone else.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Hawaii has always been on our travel bucket list and what better way to take the next step in our relationship than to propose here!

What is your proposal story?

The surprise proposal almost never happened! My fiance (then girlfriend) and I had just flown into Honolulu after a 19-hour flight (including layover in Tokyo) and we were both still exhausted from the long travels. She was napping in our air bnb and told me that we should postpone watching the sunset at Lanai to another day. I had already arranged for Trevor to meet us there so I had to quickly think on my feet and told her that I had made special arrangements for dinner. When we arrived, I pretended to take a selfie of us, and Trevor then offered to help us take some photos with my mobile. When he gave the cue, I got down on one knee and popped the question! It all happened so fast but the edited photos that we received from Flytographer bring us back to that special day.

Proposed in Honolulu in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Trevor in Honolulu for Flytographer


Paul's Proposal Story in Honolulu

What is your love story?

Justin and I met online about 18 months ago now. How thoroughly modern! Our first date very nearly didn't go ahead due to work related commitments etc. Then suddenly those plans all cancelled and I jumped at the chance of making that date happen. Happily Justin was also free that night. I knew from the moment he walked around the corner that evening that he was the one for me and this was going to be something special. Just how special, I could never have guessed. So, then when he'd gotten under my skin and in to my heart, I said to myself "It's now or never...". ...Enter Flytographer.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I'll be perfectly honest with you... we'd actually been planning a vacation to Bangkok. But the night I went to book the flights, Qantas was having a flash sale to Honolulu. Anyway, one quick call to Justin and our holiday was locked in with Honolulu. I realised that if I was going to make this proposal memorable, it had to happen in Honolulu. After doing some searching and discussion with Maria and Trevor from Flytographer we decided on the magical Makapu'u Lookout as it's both spectacular, and reasonably private at that time of day.

What is your proposal story?

Given that both our parents live interstate from us, and given I was intending to pop the question while overseas, I knew that I wanted someone there to capture the moment on film. The trick is - how would I give the photographer permission to be close enough to 'get the shot' while not giving away the intent to Justin? This is where, together with Maria and Trevor from Flytographer we agreed that to lure Justin to the location I'd tell him that this was a vacation photography shoot being offered by our hotel. It's SO not my style, it should have been a red flag, but he bought it (or at least he lets me believe that!). Trevor suggested that he'd tell Justin he wanted to get some individual shots and to face the ocean. Meanwhile I'd get in to position to ask the big Q. And, that's exactly how it went down. To the letter. I love it when a plan comes together!

Proposed in Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Trevor in Honolulu for Flytographer


Christian's Proposal Story in Honolulu

What is your love story?

We met at a little place called the Green Turtle in Fell's Point, Baltimore, MD. I set up a meet and greet with our incoming dental class just to get to know everyone before our tough years of dental school consumed us. I posted my number on our facebook page if anyone had any problems or questions regarding the meet and greet. The night before, apparently Tanya texted me asking if there was anything going on because she had a friend in town. Crickets. She didn't get a response back. Fast forward to the next night when the Green Turtle Meet and Greet happened and I meet her for the first time. I introduced myself as Christian and her demeanor changed from smiley and cute to and "I will end you," look of scariness. haha I'm kidding, but she did come at me because "I didn't text her back." A bold move looking back, I stated, "give me your phone." She gave me her phone and I looked for 3 seconds and handed the phone back to her and asked very politely, "how many numbers is that?" She smiled. I extended my hand and said, "Hi, I'm Christian. Nice to meet you." I winked and smiled back. The rest is history. I knew she was the one because of a trip I took back home. Unfortunately it wasn't a fun trip. I went back for the funeral of my beloved nana. She was a great woman but lived a great life. When I returned from the trip, I was crushed. I was greeted not only with a long embracing hug and a kiss, but with a bag. This bag was filled with 7 jars. These 7 jars were filled with daily breakfasts of overnight oats for the next week, in addition to groceries for the following week. I tried to pay her back and she blocked me on venmo haha. This is when I knew she was the one. She's the most selfless person I know. She's the most kindhearted person I know and I strive to be like her in both of those regards, every single day.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

A large part of Tanya's family lives in Oahu, and I wanted to propose in a place by the beach. She's my mermaid and is an absolute beach bum, which I love about her. We were already slated to go to Oahu for her cousin's wedding so I opted to propose after the wedding but before we left. I ended up proposing at Lanai Lookout on Friday, Aug 3 and we went to Bellows Airforce Base to celebrate after on the East Side of Oahu, which was an absolute treat.

What is your proposal story?

Heart palpitations for approximately 24 hours. My jaw, looking back, was incredibly sore from clenching and grinding. I planned this out pretty nicely and was very prepared, however, there's nothing like the thought of you getting down on one knee and asking the most important question of your life to the person that means the most to you. It started with me prefacing for the week prior to the proposal that I wanted to expand my wedding / engagement photography portfolio for my photography business. For this type of photography, it's paramount that you have experience and to get this experience, sometimes you do these things called "styled shoots." This is basically a code word for fake engagement session or wedding. It shows that you can shoot the desired result, basically. So I somehow convinced Tanya to go along with it. I also convinced her that I needed to dress up to join her in a couple of shots. I would trigger the camera with my tripod and I could then put it on my website. Throughout the week, I needed a couple of things to happen. I had the photographer ready, I had the ring, but I needed to get two things done: her nails done, and her to get a nice flowy dress (for my portfolio, obviously :) ). We had looked for her dress for the past week with no luck, until literally the DAY OF THE PROPOSAL. We were scheduled for an ATV day at Kualoa Ranch, but the ATV's were sold out that day, which I attribute to serendipity teasing me. Without ATV'ing, our morning was free. We went to the mall and she found an incredibly beautiful dress at Macy's that fit her perfectly. She fell in love with it. So, we crossed one of the things off the list. The morning of the proposal, I also was gifted a hotel room from my amazing parents at the Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki. They have an incredible Spa there and I called them to see if they had any manicure availability. They only had one spot available at 3pm that day. Mind you, the proposal was at 6pm. They take 50 minutes. So it was absolutely PERFECT timing. I took her aside the morning of the proposal, before we got the dress and let her know that her family was so generous to me (they fed us, housed us, and let us use their car while we were there. Shoutout to everyone in Oahu!!) and I had such an incredible time with them that I wanted to gift her something, a manicure. I know, I know. That's like the BIGGEST giveaway ever isn't it? WRONG. For MONTHS, I had been playing down the proposal / engagement because I "wasn't ready" or "money's tight." I also let her know that I wanted to do some macro ring shots with a ring that was gifted to her from her mother. She completely was on board because she has previously assisted me with engagement shoots and knew how they went. Part 2, check. Everything was in order. I needed a drink. We went and grabbed mai tai's at the bar at around 4pm. I kept smiling and she would catch me. I would say I'm just so happy to be here with you. Little did she know in less than 2 hours, she'd be mine. STUCK FOREVER. Muahahaha. Back to the story. Now that I was a little loose, we went and got ready. She looked incredible. We drove to Lanai Lookout and the plan was for tanya and I to take a selfie and that was Trevor's cue to know that I was ready. We hopped the fence to an incredible view of the rocks, ocean, and the developing sunset. I asked Trevor if he could take our picture with my camera. He took a couple of shots and then I started talking to Trevor about his camera and how I was thinking of switching camera systems. Tanya wanted to enjoy the incredible views and walked away toward the cliff, which gave me the perfect time to consult with Trevor on what to do next. He nodded to me that it was time. I told Tanya that Trevor was here to expand his portfolio and we would trade shots. She had no clue. We took a couple of shots and then Trevor instructed us to take individual portraits. I told Tanya to go first. Trevor instructed her to turn towards the ocean and let her hair flow in the wind. She was turned away from us. I made eye contact with Trevor. He nodded. My heart was THUMPIN', people. I walked over. Ring in my pocket. I was ready. I look at her. She looks at me with relief and asks if I'm here to coach her. I respond with, "I didn't bring you here for a photoshoot." She catches on. Tears beginning to well up. "Then, why did you bring me here, Christian." I blacked out after this. I rehearsed a speech I created about 50-75 times INCLUDING kneeling on one knee. I remember her ugly crying and me speaking from the heart. I remember us being together in a moment that will be engrained in my head, forever. It was the best day of my life. I kneeled down and asked Tanya if she would marry me. She was in a dream. So was I. So many happy Tanya tears. So many happy feelings. The heart palpitations ended. My jaw loosened up. The happiness continued. Best. Day. Ever.

Proposed in Honolulu in August

Photo Shoot Location: Lanai Lookout

Trevor in Honolulu for Flytographer


Wesley's Proposal Story in Honolulu

What is your love story?

We started as good friends and our relationship blossomed into much more. I'm going to marry my best friend!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

She's been to Hawaii a few times and it's her favorite vacation destination. It was only fitting that I proposed to her there, in such a beautiful place.

What is your proposal story?

I told my now fiance to dress for a dinner date. On the way to dinner we took a detour to a lookout spot to take pictures while we were dressed up. We went up to the lookout spot and I had her face away from me for a picture against the beautiful backdrop. When she turned around after the "picture" I was on my knee and popped the question. Thankfully she said "Yes"!

Proposed in Honolulu in April

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Trevor in Honolulu for Flytographer


Rajiv's Proposal Story in Honolulu

What is your love story?

We met in New York through mutual friends. I think after our third consecutive date together eat pizza, I knew she was the one. Beyond that regardless of the day, she is always upbeat and can brighten my day no matter what.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Hawaii has been a dream of mine to visit and Romee is all about the romantic scene. We've never been on a long vacation together and wanted to treat ourselves to something nice for a change. Having a proposal in Hawaii was the perfect opportunity.

What is your proposal story?

I planned to take Romee out for a nice dinner in Waikiki however prior to that we had a little time to spare so I suggested going to a beautiful lookout point to see a sunset. When we arrived the photographers were disguised as tourists but I knew who they were from our prior video calls. I asked Romee to step away from the crowd to the side so we can take better photos of the view. When I did that, I surprised her with a book that I created to memorialize our relationship thus far. The second to last page of the book instructed her to turn around with her eyes closed. When I told her to flip the last page, there was a drawn caricature picture of me proposing. At that point, I was already bent on one knee behind her. That's when she turned around to me proposing to her. The proposal couldn't have went more smoothly.

Proposed in Honolulu in February

Photo Shoot Location: Makapuu Lookout ( East Shore)

Reese in Honolulu for Flytographer


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