Waking up at 4am, driving for 50 mins, hiking for 20 minutes with all the photography gear - all that was completely worth it because at this exact location, watching sun rising over crystal clear turquoise water, i fell in love with Hawaiian landscape photography.
Hanauma Bay has long been one of the island of Oahu’s jewels. Native Hawaiians have been enjoying life on the bay for thousands of years. The beach and surrounding natural park get their name from two Hawaiian words: “hana” which means bay and “uma” which means curved. To the Hawaiians, Hanauma Bay has long been part of their history. In fact, there are many legends about how the curved bay got its name. The bay was historically an excellent area for fishing. Records show that the Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s often stayed at the bay for entertainment and fishing. Formed within a volcanic cone, Hanauma Bay offers a pristine marine ecosystem and in 1967 it was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park.