Best places to propose
I am going to be on Oahu in November and am probably going to propose to my girlfriend. I was thinking of doing it at a very nice, romantic restaurant on the island, maybe on one beach. I was wondering if anyone had some recommendations( the sky is the limit). Also I would consider any other romantic spots, other than restaurants, thanks
Number 1 would be La Mer, with Bali by the Sea as #2. Coordinate with the staff for a more intimate table, and maybe have the ring delivered in a confection, though make sure that it is very obvious, as we'd hate to hear that your "intended" ate the ring. Neither is inexpensive, and both offer great food, wine and service. Both offer oceanside dining. If you set this for a Friday night, and tiime it right, there is a King's Jubilee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (where Bali is located) and they finish with fireworks - good time to present the ring.
Now, there is live music in the courtyard/pool area, just below La Mer. Not shabby from a romance standpoint. The schedule of the performers should be available, as they repeat about every three, or so, nights. For me, the toss-up would be between a table overlooking the stage below, or the ocean.
For some reviews, from last Oct., check out the latter sections on: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334698
URLs, and details are in that thread.
In November Waikiki is the right place to be. The sunset has moved pretty much right offshore (it sets more behind the Waianae Mountains in the summer) and that as a prelude to a romantic dinner with the fireworks coming along with the ring would be a pretty hard act to beat. I'm not sure you can see the fireworks from inside La Mer (Msr. Hunt would know better), so I might tend to go for Bali by the Sea for that reason.
I also recommend Bali by the Sea. Call and speak with Alicia Antonio, the manager, and she will assist you in creating the perfect proposal. The setting is lovely with the beach and ocean right there. The only distraction for La Mer in terms of setting is that the rowdy and frequently drunk groups from a couple of the sunset cruise catamarans unload right below the restaurant. Depending on the level of inebriation, it can get really loud and distracting. Of course, this usually happens right after sunset, so if you are dining later, it shouldn't be a problem. Still, my first recommendation is for Bali by the Sea.
I do not think that the fireworks are visible from La Mer. As we've most often gotten seating overlooking the sage area, and but a few times on the Ocean, I'm guessing a bit here. We usually do Friday nights at La Mer, but retreat to the lanai of our room for the King's Julilee & fireworks. I do not recall ever being at La Mer on a Friday. Maybe someone else can chime in and verify, or refute, what we both believe to be the case.
All things given, I think I'd go for Bali and have the staff present the ring, just after the fireworks, but then I'm an old romatic.