KAKA‘AKO WATERFRONT PARK

by Justin

Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park is located 15 minutes away from Waikiki. This park is located in between downtown Honolulu on the west and Ala Moana/Waikiki to the east. Kaka‘ako is a popular running spot for locals that live/work in the area. Many local photographers often use this spot to do portraits. Kaka‘ako is nearly 35 acres and consists of green, rolling hills, concrete walkways, an amphitheater, open breeze concrete structures, bathroom facilities and the surf spots Point Panic and Flies.

Jetties

The first photography opportunity is the black rock jetty at the western most point of the park, near the MADD Victim Memorial. This jetty is very photogenic because of the leading lines created by the jetty. The black rocks clash with the smooth blue ocean. The jetty and the ocean can make for an excellent picture, but to take your photograph a level above, then you can look at incorporating some of the following tips. (1) Create a silky, smooth ocean [see below]. (2) Incorporate a human subject. (3) Shoot at sunset to provide additional color, a secondary subject and additional drama.

One technique for photographhing the ocean is to use a long exposure to create a silky, smooth, white ocean. This will give your viewer a different look at the ocean. In order to complete this technique, you need to use a tripod, a high f-stop (f-22) and a low ISO (100). If you have a wide angle lens, then you should use this lens, since it is often requires longer shutter speeds. If these measures do not allow you to get a shutter speed of at least 1 second, then you need less light. Wait til it gets darker or artifically make it appear darker to your camera by using a ND filter.

Take a walk along the waterfront path and you will also find additional subjects like a small wading pool and steps leading to the ocean pool. If you have a telephoto lens, then you can also photograph some surfers in action at either Flies or Point Panic.

Kakaako Rolling Hills and Palm Trees

Kakaako has many rolling green hils and palm trees that can be used in your photograph. Take a walk around the park looking for interesting subjects, to complement the hills and palm trees. You can also use the palm trees as your subject, but complement them with sunset colors. Often times, you will find barges heading into the harbor and airplanes taking off and landing in your background. Be on the look-out for these subjects and use them to provide additional color and interest to your photograph.

Best Time to Shoot

Kakaako has many rolling green hils and palm trees that can be used in your photograph. Take a walk around the park looking for interesting subjects, to complement the hills and palm trees. You can also use the palm trees as your subject, but complement them with sunset colors. Often times, you will find barges heading into the harbor and airplanes taking off and landing in your background. Be on the look-out for these subjects and use them to provide additional color and interest to your photograph.

Local Tips

How do I get there?

Address: 102 Ohe St, Honolulu, HI 96813

From the airport:

    • Head east on the H1 for 1.2 miles
    • Look for the Waikiki/Nimitz exit, Exit 18A, on the right.
    • Follow Nimitz Highway (H1-92) for 3.5 miles.
    • Turn right onto Cooke Street
    • Park in the parking lot.
    • Parking cost FREE
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