Mar 20, 2012

Hawaii | Personal Family Photographer

We had been planning this trip for months…

and I have to say it was one of the best vacations we have ever had!

It was definitely hard to come home.

We are extremely blessed to have family on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Our cousins took us on a gorgeous hike into Pololu Valley and we played on it’s black sand beach.

Pololu Valley | Cousins

After staying in Kona for a few days we travelled to the Pahoa region. On the way we visited Honaunau Place of RefugeSaint Benedict’s Painted Church and Ka Lae South Point (southernmost spot in the United States).

South Point: where the trees are always blown in one direction…

Overgrown mango grove.

Lava flow at night with Venus and Jupiter

Little fun facts: This flow was 4 miles away from where we were standing. Those small dots are “port holes” in the lava tube which are 20-80 feet across. The smoke you see are plants and trees burning up in it’s path. This lava moves 50 feet an hour… slooow flowing lava.

Yup, that’s me below and Kurt far off in the distance! This was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Thank you to Lisa for putting this all together and for the photos. Swimming with this pod of wild dolphins was so peaceful and awe inspiring.  Amazing!  These beautiful creatures are mesmerizing.

Stay tuned for a blog post on our beautiful photographs by Tahiti Huetter of Kurt and I’s vow renewal at Waialea Bay Beach…. Eeek I can’t wait to see the photos myself!

Thank you for taking the time to see a little bit of MRP’s family life. Mahalo.


  1. Diana J Bonnici says:

    such a magical time for us all to be together… Aloha

  2. Vivian Rootness says:

    Your skills continue to astound me. Beautiful shots, capturing the light and emotions. Thank you ohana for a blessed time of aloha spirit.

  3. Andrea Tawney says:

    Beautiful, fun, what a time you had!

  4. Lorraine Burgess says:

    I love the photos! Jessica told me what a blessed time you all had. Your pictures tell so much.

  5. Christine Tonkin says:

    Love it Mariea!

  6. Lisa Denning says:

    Love love LOVE your photos. Great to have more time with you while you were here. xo


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