Engagement Session with Addie + Kana on The Big Island, HI


When Kana's mom contacted us to shoot her son's proposal and engagement shoot, we were so thrilled to accept this photography opportunity. I remember how special it was when Ryan proposed to me on Easter Island, and I couldn't wait for us to create such a special moment for these two for their engagement in Hawaii.

Kana, a native to the Kau region of Big Island, met Addie while living in Utah. Kana knew he wanted to propose to Addie on the Big Island because it was so special to him. Kana's mom helped coordinate the whole surprise and even convinced Addie's mom and sister to fly over from Utah to the Big Island for the big surprise proposal. 

Kana's mom, Kapuaonalani, was the main contact person and made sure we were all at the Four Seasons thirty minutes before Addie and Kana planned to show up. She went over the entire plan with us. Addie's mom, sister, Kapuaonalani, and I planned to hide behind the bushes as Addie and Kana made their way to the beach. 

As we hid from bushes beside Four Seasons beachside restaurant, Ulu, we saw the entire interaction between Kana, Addie, and Ryan. Ryan was pretending to be a local photographer taking photos of couples on the beach. He asked Addie and Kana if they'd like photos taken of them and they agreed. Ryan also had a haku in the cooler for Addie to put on for a 'more Hawaiian experience'. 

As Kana pulled out the haku from the cooler, he also grabbed the ring that was inside the cooler and got down on one knee to ask Addie to spend the rest of her life with him.  As soon as she said yes, her mom and sister, as well as Kapuaonalani ran out to surprise Addie even more. She was in utter disbelief that her family and mother-in-law were in on the surprise and were there to relish in such a beautiful moment in their lives.

As Addie and Kana caught up with their family, we were able to capture some amazing in-the-moment shots of everyone's reactions. The rest of the shoot was so much fun and ended with the most amazing sunset! We couldn't be happier for Addie and Kana and cannot wait to hear more about their future together.

Who else would love to get proposed to in Hawaii?!