Your Vacation Photographer in Honolulu: Meet Pono

Meet Pono

I am an eccentric, music-loving gentleman that enjoys dancing a bit too much for my own good. By living on a tiny island, I have come to appreciate the vast ocean that surrounds me. I love incorporating it into my photography in some way, shape, or form. I have a background in video and primarily shoot weddings.

Three Things

  1. I love cooking for others. I find it is the best way to share your own sense of home.
  2. I do my best not to let anything get in the way of me telling your story.
  3. AMC's The Walking Dead has become a Sunday night ritual that I can't live without...Braiiins!

Favourite Place to Shoot on Oahu
My favorite spots are Makapuu, China Walls, and Kahala

Languages Spoken

Customer Love for Pono

"Pono was amazing!  Not only was he patient, (we had three children, two of which were younger than three), but he just perfectly captured our family and how we interact naturally, all with the beauty of Hawaii in the background, and with his artsy perspective.  I'll treasure these photos always." - Senate

"Pono is an absolute delight - a true artist and master of his work! We had so much fun playing on the beach and capturing candid moments - the photos were beyond anything we could have imagined! His energy and passion comes across in the photos - we just loved his ideas and how the photos turned out!" - Melissa

"Pono was amazing! He made us feel so comfortable and relaxed. Im so happy we got this opportunity to document our little growing family." - Taylor

"We loved Pono! He really listened to what we were hoping for and he delivered more than we could have ever imagined! Pono is an incredible photographer." - Heidi

"Pono was amazing. He made us feel relaxed and the photos were fantastic, just what we wanted." - Michele

"This is our first but not last time to do a photoshoot. Pono was very helpful with tips and instructions. The shoot reflected our trip perfectly. We had fun and now enjoying the photos." - Nataliya 

"Pono was easy to communicate and very easy-going. It made it very comfortable during the shoot. The photos turned out great, very candid and natural!" - Christine

"Pono made us feel so comfortable and is so incredibly talented at photography. We had a great time at the shoot and everyone agreed that it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip." - Jessica

"Pono was kind, quick and easy to work with and the lighting and images he captured are incredible. Such special mementos of our whole family together in Hawaii." -Kaleigh

"Pono was awesome! He provided great direction while keeping it fun and relaxing.  The photos came out perfectly! Beautiful shots." - TO

"Pono was great, very easy to work with and laid back. We were a family of five and Pono covered the different shots I wanted. He was prompt and selected a really beautiful location I would never otherwise find. We have beautiful pictures for our Christmas cards now. Would definitely recommend him!" - Magnolia

"Love Pono! He's awesome! Made me feel at ease! Really cool dude too - gave few tips for going around the city. Best of all the pictures are insanely good!!!!! Love him!" - Patricia

"We had a great experience with Pono! He was up for the challenge of working with two less than cooperative toddlers and was able to capture some wonderful shots of our family vacation."  - Mark

"Pono was amazing, he truly captured the best candid moments of our photoshoot and made us feel very comfortable. We absolutely LOVE the pictures, he did such an amazing job and we will cherish them forever!!" - Julia

"Pono was absolutely wonderful in person, and introduced us to a beautiful beach; I can't imagine a more perfect spot for having our photos taken. And the results... I can't wait to frame them in our home!" - Sumika

"We had a great experience with Pono. He was great with our kids, laid back and did an absolutely amazing job helping us capture the memories from our vacation. We rarely get opportunities to take nice photos, not to mention family photos together, so this was extra special and Pono did not disappoint!" - Tae

"What a great experience! Pono helped us feel relaxed and confident, he even played music from his portable speakers to set the mood and help us have fun. We will treasure all the memories from our wonderful trip to Oahu - and these pictures make it all the better!" - Amber & Colton

"Pono was a great photographer! He captured all the moment that my fiancé and I wanted. All the pictures turned out amazing and we can't wait to share them with friends and family." - SH

"Pono, was better than advertised and deserves more praise than I can ever give. The pictures we received and the emotions that were captured are truly priceless." - Rich

"Pono went above and beyond to make sure the proposal and photoshoot that followed went as flawlessly as possible. He was a pleasure to work with and knew what he was doing every step of the way!" - Jing