The Beauty of Laie Beach Park at Sunrise
Laie is a long drive from Koolina and it feels worlds away. You trade the protected, cultivated resort town for wild, wide open space in the country. Mountains skirted in salt spray loom on the horizon and you feel as if you have the island to yourselves.
Laie is one of my favorite places to take in the sunrise and no beach does it better than Laie Beach Park.
Braving the Rope Swing with a Laie Photographer
I joined the crabs on the sand and watched the sky brighten with the approach of sunrise. Colors evolved from cool hues to warm as the sun appeared. The crabs were unimpressed and continued to diligently dig and clear their homes for the long day ahead.
Meanwhile, my poor family was snarled in a traffic jam on the other side of the island. When they finally arrived, the girls scrambled from the car and made a beeline to the beach. They were free.
They shook off the long drive and began to play – jumping waves, skipping stones and searching for treasure. We ducked into the shade of some oversized trees for a break from the sun and discovered a sturdy rope swing hanging over the water.
Now, rope swings are tricky. They look as if they would be care-free and easy. You leap from the shore bank and sail over the still water with the wind rippling your hair. Pure bliss, right? In reality, it takes quite a bit of upper body strength. I clearly remember my first attempt to swing like Tarzan on the roots of a banyan tree. The look of childish glee on my face turned instantly to surprise and then anguish as I realized I was not strong enough to support my own weight. I stumbled to the ground embarrassed with biceps aching.
These girls were strong though. Years of training on monkey bars make you perfectly suited for this exact situation. They braved the rope, tentative at first, and then higher and higher; their laughter ringing out over the beach. It warms my heart to spend the day with two strong, curious, adventurous girls.
What Does a Morning Adventure Look Like with Your Family?
Let’s head to the beach or find a forest to explore and play so you can have a great day and take home beautiful memories. Find out more about my fun family photography sessions here.