Sweat dripped from my eyes as I trudged along the beach with camera and notebook in hand. It was an oppressively hot day hovering over 90F in the shade and I received odd looks from beach-goers who were smartly relaxing in the cool water. My goal was to scour the Kohala Coast on Big Island for some amazing photo locations. Although i’ve visited the area in the past, it was just for fun. This time I had to take note of which beaches photographed well which is a different beast altogether.
Later that evening I was photographing a beautiful family vacationing in Hawaii for the first time with their sweet 6 month old baby girl. She’s a water baby which I have a special affinity for. Maybe it’s because my own children screamed at the slightest touch of the surf on their toes, but I love photographing babies playing in the water. There’s pure joy there. So I packed my underwater housing and was on the hunt for calm, clear water.
My favorite for families was hands down Waialea Beach (Beach 69) with rocks to jump off, trees to climb and swing on, and water clear enough for snorkeling. I saw sea turtles at Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-Bay), and enjoyed the long stretch of beach at Hapuna Beach, but the winner for calm water was Kauna’oa Beach (Mauna Kea Beach).
Baby Aria struggled with the heat, but her eyes came to life when we approached the water. We splashed in the cool water as the sun sunk into the ocean marking the end of a wonderful first vacation.
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