Hawaii the Big Island Photography Workshop

3 Days - Kona, Big Island, HI
Jan 2 - Jan 4, 2019
Activity Level


Join us in paradise for this 7-day, 6-night Big Island photo workshop in Hawaii! Beth Ruggiero-York will provide her expert guidance in photographing seascapes, landscapes, waterfalls and stunning botanicals.  As a special treat you will photograph flowing lava from a helicopter, and take an evening guided tour to Mauna Kea to photograph the mountain summits and stars.  Registration deadline on January 4th, 2019.

Registration deadline: December 5, 2018


Pay a deposit of $1,000.00 per item

This 7-day, 6-night Big Island photography workshop in Hawaii is a photography wonderland of landscapes, waterscapes and nightscapes.  Look forward to a special half-day helicopter lava tour with world-renowned lava photographer Mr. Bruce Omori, an outfitter-guided summit and stars tour to Mauna Kea, as well as a whale watching tour. If conditions allow, we may also partake in a lava boat tour to photograph lava as it flows into the ocean.


On this incredible journey, we will travel the island photographing green and black sand beaches where you will learn long exposure photography for creative beach/water/surf/wave images, green turtles coming to the beach, waterfalls using both short and long exposures, botanical treasures of Hawaii with and without flash, amazing sunrises and sunsets  and, of course, fantastic night photography. During this epic Hawaiian adventure we will be staying on the Kona side of the island.


Workshop Includes:

  • Photographic instruction
  • Roundtrip transportation from Kona
  • Lodging based on Double Occupancy
  • Lunches, snacks and a farewell dinner
  • All applicable entrance, park, permit and tour fees
  • Pre-workshop webinar
  • Post-workshop critique

Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change dependent on weather and lighting conditions.  We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.

Day 1 – Sunday, February 10

  • 5:00PM – Meet in conference room at the Kona Seaside Hotel for introductions and orientation
  • 6:00PM – Dinner together

Day 2 – Monday, February 11

  • We will depart early to head to the east side of the island for a sunrise helicopter ride over Kilauea Volcano to photograph the lava flow.
  • After breakfast, we will visit Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden to shoot the vast variety of tropical plants and flowers, and even a waterfall.
  • On the way, we’ll stop at Rainbow Falls.
  • In the afternoon, we will visit Laupahoehoe Point to photograph dramatic scenes of waves crashing on unusual rock formations. Return to our hotel in Kona via the Saddle Road across the island.

Day 3 – Tuesday, February 12

  • Another big day on the Big Island, we will start with a visit to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau Historical Park for many photo opportunities.
  • Return to Kona for lunch.
  • Early afternoon we will depart with our outfitter for our sunset and stars tour to Mauna Kea.

Day 4 – Wednesday, February 13

  • Today, we drive south of Kona to South Point, the southernmost point on the island to photograph its sea cliffs and fishermen.
  • Stop for lunch at a local eatery before continuing on to the Black Sand Beach, where we hope to see the green sea turtles resting on the sand.
  • After dinner, we will go to a small park for a sunset and evening shoot with dramatic foregrounds, including a large abandoned pier.
  • Return to Kona.

Day 5 – Thursday, Feb 14

  • This morning, we will go on a whale watch to photograph the humpback whales that winter in these waters.
  • Back in Kona we will break for lunch and then meet for an image critique in the afternoon.
  • Late afternoon we will stay in Kona to shoot sunset.

Day 6 – Friday, Feb 15

  • In the morning, we will head to the Pololu Valley and Waipio on the north side of the island to photograph the stunning views of the sea cliffs and ocean.
  • After lunch we will explore Saddle Road, including a trip up the side of Mauna Loa, where we will have beautiful panoramic scenes of Mauna Kea, hopefully with snow on the mountain.
  • Return to Kona for our farewell dinner.
  • Workshop concludes

Day 7 – Saturday, Feb 16

  • Participants depart for home

Strenuous Rating: Moderate.
Hikes on uneven rocks, shoreline and volcanic rock. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots recommended. Neoprene gloves are recommended to protect hands when traversing the lava rock shore lines. We will be working at both sea level and at higher elevations. For our guided outfitter tour to Mauna Kea you are advised to wear Layered clothing, long pants, closed-toed shoes. Hooded parkas and warm gloves will be provided by the outfitter. Because of high altitude this tour does not allow those with respiratory, heart, or circulatory conditions, people in generally poor health, or pregnant women

Lodging During the Workshop

Kona Seaside Hotel
75-5646 Palani Road.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Tel: (808) 329 2455

Six nights lodging is included in your workshop fee. Single room supplements are available for an additional fee.




Beth Ruggiero-York
Vicki Uthe
Photo Guide
Megan Galope
Photo Guide
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Should you find it necessary to cancel your workshop, the following fee schedule applies.
  • 90 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
  • Between 89 and 61 days prior to the start of the workshop, AHPS will retain your full deposit.
  • 60 days and fewer to the start of the workshop your entire workshop fee is retained.

Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS.  Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.

PAYMENT TERMS:  A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space.  Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit.  Final payments are due 60 days prior to departure.  Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.