Kaua shared a unique journey with us as our wedding photographer and he will always hold a special place in our hearts! The journey began in Maui when my now husband was planning to propose and hoped to capture the moment on film. He called around the island and was given the recommendation of Kaua. He then proceeded to coordinate with Kaua to secretly meet in Hana at a breathtaking waterfall that Kaua suggested. The proposal went off without a hitch and Kaua took the most beautiful candid photos we could have imagined, but we didn’t stop there! We loved Kaua’s work so much that we had to have him for our wedding shots on the big day…So we flew him to the San Francisco Bay Area where he was not only our wedding photographer but an honored guest! Kaua is a true professional. He knows exactly what to capture and his artistic eye is unparalleled! He is truly a genius! I looked beautiful in every single photograph he took and our wedding pictures are nothing short of amazing! Everyone swears it was the best wedding they have ever been to and Kaua was able to capture the spirit and the beauty of our joyous event from start to finish with fantastic flair! I recommend him to anyone who wants stunningly beautiful photographs and magical moments captured on film. It will be the best decision you make in planning your event!
I must say Kaua is one of the most talented photographers I've ever seen. He has such an amazing eye and is so easy to work with. He gets the natural and candid photos as well as posed photos and they come out amazing!! He doesn't put you in any awkward poses too which is great! I'm not a fan of those. He just tells you to walk over there and act natural and then...MAGIC!! Seriously... Magical pictures!! I will cherish them for a lifetime and cannot thank him enough. Worth every penny and highly recommend!!!
It's been just over a year since our Maui wedding at Olowalu and I still can't get over how amazing our photos turned out! Having never met or even talked to Kaua on the phone I was a little worried on the morning of our big day. But as soon as he arrived all my worries were put to rest. Kaua made us instantly feel comfortable and its definitely reflected in the way our photos turned out. I think he had us laughing the entire day! During the reception there were times that we didn;t even know where Kaua was . . . he was this magical, ninja like creature that got the most amazing, candid-like shots of the day without rarely being seen! He captured our day so beautifully . . . and we will never forget the first time we saw our photos. we were in tears of happiness! Kaua's team back at his office were so amazing as well . . . I think I made a million changes to the photo book! But they helped me every step of the way . . . even created an awesome slideshow as well! Thank you again for everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KAUA IS THE MAN! Hands down the best wedding photographer I've ever come around! So so impressed with everything about the experience with him and his team. YOU GUYS ROCK!!! Mahalo :)
If permitted 10-Stars, that is what we would give Ka'ua Wedding Photography. I’m still grinning ear-to-ear after viewing the wonderful images of our special day.
We were seeking a photographer able to capture the spirit and essence of our day without looking staged – someone with an eye for special moments, gestures and encounters – which we found with Ka'ua (who was introduced to us by our coordinator, Fay Hovey of Aloha Maui Weddings). We wanted images of us – and our guests – laughing, wiping away tears, making silly faces, eating, drinking, dancing and expressing happiness, and that is precisely what Ka'ua gave us. His emphasis on genuine emotion, rather than staged shots, is what truly sets him apart from other wedding photographers.
I’ll add that, as a person uncomfortable in front of the camera (and not very photogenic) I honestly cannot thank Ka'ua enough for his talent and approach: never did I feel put on the spot, staged or awkward. And looking at the album today, he made me – and everyone – look beautiful.
Kaua has a gift for putting people at ease, snapping his photos quietly and discreetly, and in my opinion capturing the most special moments of the wedding – those instances when our guests (and I) were simply savoring the day. He beautifully caught tears in the eyes of the congregation, my dad's genuine smile as he walked me down the aisle, and profound moments in the service. At our reception (Merrimans), Ka'ua made sure the obligatory bride+groom+family photos were taken quickly and professionally (they came out beautifully) so that we could move along to the important part of the evening: eating, drinking, dancing and laughing with friends and family. Ka'ua came up with many truly creative and unique shots – shooting through palm fronds, from the beach below up to our guests on the rocky cliffs, at one moment even plucking four pieces of coral from the shore to spell L-O-V-E. And when the light was right, Kaua discreetly steered us down to the beach for our bride+groom sunset photo session, and managed to make the experience fun, funny and casual.
All told, I am extremely happy with our selection of Ka'ua for our wedding photos. He is a gracious, easy-going, highly skilled photographer with a talent for photos that are natural, flattering and most important: FUN.
Photography was our most important wedding expense, and I absolutely feel like we received tremendous value. Ka'ua sets the bar for wedding and event photography.
Thank you, Ka'ua, for such treasured photos, and for being a part of our day!
Services Used: Wedding Photographer
We had the pleasure of having Kaua as the photographer at our wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in January, and we could not have been more pleased. Kaua is an exceptional professional in his field, as well as a warm, friendly person, and the combination of his skill and personality makes him an absolute delight to work with. I was a VERY nervous bride, and his professional, yet very easy and charming demeanor really helped to set me at ease. I am certain that if we had a different photographer that our photos would not have turned out nearly as beautiful, as I would have been much more nervous.
What impresses me the most about our wedding photos, is the beautiful variety of images Kaua produced. While many wedding photographers pigeonhole themselves into one particular style, Kaua's range of skill allowed him to provide us with every type of image that we could have hoped for. Many photographers who take personality filled photojournalist style photos simply can't produce the dramatic landscapes and styled photos that Kaua also captured. When I look through our wedding images, we have it all, from family members caught in the moment laughing, to dramatic landscapes of us on an oceanside cliff, to fashion magazine quality bridal portraits in front of a water fall.
If you are considering Kaua for your wedding photographer, I not only highly recommend that you use him at your wedding, but I also recommend that you book a Trash the Dress photo shoot with him in his native Hana. The photos from our Hana trip are among our favorites, and the Hana photo shoot experience is a special memory that my husband and I will cherish forever.
Our wedding planner had sent us several links to different photographers around Maui. None of them really spoke to us. I continued to research different photographers and their work over a few weeks and came across Kaua. His pictures are incredible. He has a vision of beauty, and a talent to capture the beautiful moments that are gone in a blink. We are very thankful that Kaua spent the day with us, being sure to gather gorgeous candid snapshots of us and our loved ones on our wedding day. It was very comfotable and casual, and have already recommended him to others. In fact, we enjoyed it so much, we then decided to have our family photos done a couple of days later. They're truly stunning. Thank you Kaua!
I cannot say more wonderful things about Kaua Wedding Photography! Kaua and Cadence did an amazing job, capturing wonderful moments throughout the day and they are an absolute joy to work with. It was a great experience for us and just what we wanted. If you're having a wedding in Maui, I would highly recommend you work with Kaua!!
For our wedding, one of the most important aspects aside from the location was photography. Our love for photography and being photographers ourselves, we are so extremely grateful Kaua was our wedding photographer! Kaua was so amazing on our wedding day in Maui 2 weeks ago! Having never met before until that day, and travelling all the way from the Canada, we only got to know Kaua's style through his online portfolio. He exceeded our expectations and blew us away with the ability to capture so many moments with 3 different cameras by himself! Kaua was so friendly and easy going on our wedding day and made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera! Kaua captured us getting married at Lava Point on the Ritz Carlton property in Kapalua, Maui with amazing waves and a beautiful sunset just at the right time. We highly recommend him for your special day! Thank you so much Kaua for capturing our love in these amazing photos we will cherish for our lifetime. Mahalo and much Aloha!
We found Kaua through his website and in viewing his galleries, were impressed by his creativity. We were confident that he would capture the emotions and beauty of the day. Since we decided to get married only 3 weeks before our trip, we were a little worried Kaua would not be available on the days we planned to be in Hana, but fortunately he was.
Prior to our arriving in Hana, our correspondence was via email and Kaua graciously answered all our questions. When we finally met him in person (30 minutes before the wedding), it felt like greeting an old friend; we were totally comfortable with him.
While photographing, Kaua did not intrude by staging artificial poses, but rather worked outside our intimate space. He gently nudged us to “climb up there”, “walk out there”, “stand under that tree” and he quietly captured us sharing the morning. After our ceremony, Kaua took us to alternate locations which resulted in some really interesting and wonderful photos.
Our experience with Kaua Photography was very positive. We received our package in a reasonable amount of time. The final product turned out great and we have a generous amount of photos from which to choose as we create our album. We are totally happy with the quality and creativity of Kaua’s work.
I once read, “an artist is one who has the ability to capture the essence of a moment and share it with those of us who are not so insightful.” Kaua clearly did capture the essence of our moment.
Thank you Kaua!
Kaua captured the love and spirit of our Makena wedding perfectly. Our photographs are breathtakingly beautiful.
We highly recommend Kaua to anyone looking for a wedding photographer.