I went out with a group from Holo Holo Staycation Meetup Group on Seaquest Hawaii South Kona Expedition. I brought along my mermaid friend Tiana. Tiana is has so many creative talents including designing and creating her very own mermaid tail. Having a mermaid along was an unexpected surprise to the guest and crew aboard.
Our first stop was Honaunau Bay also called 2 step which is a popular snorkel and diving spot on the island. It’s also adjacent to a sacred Hawaiian site known as the place of refuge a historical site which granted absolution to those who broke a kapu (ancient Hawaiian laws). I can’t help but wonder if any of the snorkelers or divers not with our group were started by the site of a mermaid.
Our next stop was a spot only accessible by boat called Rob’s Reef; a series of lava caves ready for exploring. The water and caves provided beautiful lighting and dramatic rock formations below the surface. It was the perfect backdrop for shooting a mermaid.
Our third stop was Kealakekau Bay (the pathway of the gods in Hawaiian) also home to Captain Cook monument where Captain Cook was unfortunately killed. Kealekakua Bay is a very popular snorkel spot and nature preserve with abundant underwater life. Captain Mike from Seaquest was a trooper and tried on an extra mermaid tail I brought and posed for a few underwater shots.
I really want to thank Manu from Seaquest for setting up our adventure, Captains Mike & Kevin for their knowledge and patience and of course my beautiful mermaid model Tiana.
Got to test out my underwater housing and mermaid costume in my pool and Kailua Bay. Kendra was a good sport and quickly learned to swim with a mono fin.
I was honored to assist Rotary Club of Kona and West Hawaii Habitat for Humanity to capture some images from 2017 Blitz Build. Over 100 volunteers build 10 homes for 10 deserving families in 10 days.
Great day shooting with professional Polynesian dancers Tiana & Kainoa with The Big Island Photographers and Models Meetup Group https://www.meetup.com/Photographers-Models-Big-Island/events/242552882/
Tiana and her husband Kainoa did not disappoint. They arrived in costumes designed and crafted by Tiana. The shoot included posed and action hula shoots, fire dancing and poi, and a poi light show thanks to one of our members Corrine.