The Wai’oli Hui`ia Church is iconic on Kaua’i. Standing by itself toward the end of Hanalei on the road it’s one of those places that just begs to be photographed. And it gets its fair share. One can usually see people pulled over snapping photos throughout the day. On this particular Friday night in February 2010 I had spent sunset out at Ke’e Beach (see: Sun’s Retreat) catching a very tranquil end of day. Clear, calm. Perfect winter day. On the way back the itch got a hold of me and I pulled over myself to see what I could do in the full moonlight.
One of the difficulties of photographing the church is getting a proper angle on it. Because of various obstacles this becomes challenging. Plus now it was night and had to balance all the light sources being throw at me. Recalling correctly I spent the better part of an hour trying all different options. On this particular capture I very well might have been standing on the roof of my car across the street. In the end the mix of moonlight, Church light, star light and street light all combined to make a perfect little scene in Hanalei that night!