This session almost didn’t happen. We are in hurricane season here in Hawaii and random storms will pop up forcing us to carefully watch the weather and cross our fingers that we will be able to finish our session. This family is so incredibly busy but they knew that making time to celebrate their story and all that they have accomplished together is so, so important. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our first time together. Luckily we were able to find another time and what would you know, the day dawned rainy and overcast.
We decided to take our chances. This family wanted their photographs at Papahana Kuaola. This place has a huge cultural significance to Native Hawaiians who work their land in traditional ways and grow taro which plays a huge role in Hawaiian food. This family often volunteers in the lo’i, or taro patch. We tromped through the thick mud, almost falling over several times. I carried the youngest kiddo who was so cute and was the only one who managed to stay pristine. She was adamant about not getting muddy. We found a perfect rock outcropping with a view of the entire valley and the kids were able to climb all over the rocks and enjoy the view.
Next we headed down to the stream that winds through the property. The kids changed into swim suits and dove in…this was definitely their favorite part of the session. At one point it started sprinkling and the kids took cover under the giant, kalo leaves. It was nature’s perfect umbrella. Finally, we wrapped up our time exploring and having fun. Wouldn’t you know it, literally 2 seconds after we got back to the car, the sky opened up and it poured for the next hour. In Hawaii, rain is seen as a blessing so I think it was God’s way of blessing this family and out time together. I’m so glad I was able to experience this place with this ohana.