Makena Cove / Paaka Cove – The original name of Makena Cove means “enclosed shadow”. It still has a rock wall from long ago protecting the cove which is how it probably got its name. Some locals call it “secret cove” but the secret is long gone as this is a popular beach for snorkeling and diving by the tourists. The view is breathtaking and you can easily see the two outer islands of Molokini and Kaahoolawe. It is surrounded by lava rocks but there is a nice sandy space to go into the ocean. There are many little tide pools around to check out some of Hawaii’s wonderful species. Early morning weddings are best here so that you have the area to yourself. It’s a great place for very different wedding photographs due to the scenery. It can get quite crowded during the busy season, see the photo with 4 weddings within 100 ft of each other.