Mia and her family were planning a vacation at the Aulani Hotel on the west end of Oahu and they wanted to take family photos. When Mia emailed me, she mentioned that she had grown up in Japan and in the United States. She, her husband and her two beautiful children are now living in the US but her parents live in Japan. S0, every year, they plan a family trip and meet in the middle, in Hawaii.  They look forward to this time they have together, especially since it comes just once a year.

It made me think of the growing up here in Hawaii.  We don’t get to see some of our loved ones very often, as we are separated by islands and continents.  But, my husband’s parents live just down the road from us and our girls get to spend time with them every weekend.There’s something remarkable about the bond between grandchildren and grandparents. We’ve taken family trips together and there is something so special about that time together. And at the end of the trip, the highlight for our girls will always be that everyone they loved was under the same roof.  And as I was taking photos of Mia’s family, I saw that same love and excitement.

So, plan those trips and make those memories! If distance seems too large, meet in the middle.  And save a sunny afternoon for me and we will take photos of these precious memories.

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The sun was blazing and the kids could not be that close the to the Pacific Ocean and not be in it.  So with camera in tow, we abandoned land for the welcoming sea.

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Staying at the Aulani, Mariott Beach Club, or Four Seasons Ko Olina and want family photos?  Use the contact form in the menu above or email keao@keaosphotography.com with the dates of your visit and the number of people in your family!

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The holidays felt busier than before, December was a blur of photo sessions, print orders, family dinners, gingerbread house decorating and a LOT of Christmas music sing-alongs. As much as I love meeting families and updating their family photos in time for holiday cards, it can get a little crazy, and  there’s something so special about taking family photos in the peaceful calm of a new year. It has been a cold winter (for Hawaii, of course, don’t laugh too hard) and it’s been a while since my girls have been able to enjoy a beach day in this windy weather. So, I had my fingers crossed for this family photo session.  Sophie and Robert brought their little girl here from the other side of the ocean to celebrate a special birthday and the new year. And the sun answered with glorious sunshine and a beautiful day by the water’s edge.

Just recently, my husband and I took our family up to visit friends in the Pacific Northwest.  We were fascinated with all things snow and loved every moment exploring a new place.  I remember my friend showing us the extra set of warm outerwear they keep in their cars at all times in case they get stranded during the winter season.  I found that fascinating and smart and something I would never have thought of coming from the balmy tropics. So, if you’re visiting our islands, let me share with you a helpful tip for car accessories that we like to follow here in Hawaii.   Always keep a set of towels and extra clothes in your car because the allure is strong and  just never know when you’re going to end up splashing in the Pacific Ocean.  Trust me, even when you don’t plan for it, it’ll happen it will be worth every inch of wet denim.  We played and played in the ocean until the day faded into night.

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