Maui Photography Blog

Tribute to the Whales

Douglas & Mieko Hoffman both had pieces included in the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Tribute to the Whale. The show opens this Friday at the Maui Mall.  There is a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 that includes on-stage tributes to the whales, free music and dancing. Please come and enjoy the music, art, poetry, stories, video…

Helping our Community Through Family Portraiture

Have beautiful family portraits created while supporting MAPA!! We are working with MAPA, Maui Academy of Performing Arts to help raise money.  From each session booked Maui Photography is donating $50. In the spirit of giving, we are offering a special family portrait package for $375.  It includes an on location session and a music…

Traditional Canoes

On Doug’s recent trip to Fiji and Tonga, he encountered three of five traditional canoes.  The captain of one of them is a woman names Aunofo.  She is the Queen of the Sea.  It seems all five are going to meet in Fiji and sail together across the Pacific to California, then on to the…

A Breach from Tonga

I have just returned home after enjoying 10 days in Vavau’ Tonga. This was my fifth whale season in a row. While conditions made it a bit more challenging than the last few years, we were able to witness heat runs, mother and calf interaction, male singers, and social groups. One of my favorite images…

2011 Trips to Tonga for Whale Swimming

On Sept 2-12, 2011 well known marine photographer Mark Strickland and I will be guest photographers on a special 10 day cruise to the Ha’apai island group of Tonga. This area is remote, has pristine coral reefs, and a lot of whales. This will be my 6th season in Tonga and I am looking forward…

Douglas win Eastman Kodak Gallery Award

This year the the Professional Photographers of Hawaii were invited to join the Professional Photographers of  Oklahoma State Competition.  From the competitions Douglas Hoffman’s Poetry in Motion received the prestigious Eastman Kodak Gallery Award.  His piece will be formally exhibited at the 2011 IMAGING USA Convention in San Antonio, Texas in January.   If you are…

Soft Coral Diving in Fiji

Here are two other underwater image Doug sent back.  I believe these are from his Bega Lagoon Soft Coral Dive with Aqua Trek or while diving on the Naia around Fiji. Keep checking back. The humpback whale images should be coming soon.  Doug arrived in Tonga on Tuesday and was out on the water Wednesday.…

Shark Diving – Fiji

Finally images from Fiji!! Doug just sent these images back to share.  He has been shark diving with Aqua Trek in Fiji on their Ultimate Shark Encounter Dive.  After three days of shark diving he also did there Soft Coral Dive.  I’ll share those images soon. If anyone is interested in joining Doug on his…

A Present from the Bride & Groom

Before Ji & Joon’s wedding at the Grand Wailea Resort, we arrived to create family portrait of their guest. After short introductions we walked around the grounds to different portrait locations. We did a few in the lobby, on the beach, at the waterfall and by the fountain. The light was a bit harsh late…

Mieko wins Kodak Gallery Award

This year the the Professional Photographers of Hawaii were invited to join the Professional Photographers of  Oklahoma State Competition.  From the competitions Mieko Hoffman’s Turkey Fish received the prestigious Eastman Kodak Gallery Award.  Her piece will be formally exhibited at the 2011 IMAGING USA Convention in San Antonio, Texas in January.   If you are interested…