Ha'a Keaulana captures a few of her favorite things
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 October, 2015 - We’re expecting big things from Ha’a Keaulana. She is Hawaiian royalty. Granddaughter of Buffalo Keaulana and daughter of Brian Keaulana she was introduced to the ocean by Hawaii’s first family of Makaha.
Currently she does stunt work with her dad, models, surfs and shoots amazing images. Her Instagram followers are into the 6 digit range, something normally reserved for pop singers and TV stars. Looking at her images it’s easy to see why. Ha’a is at that great moment in one’s life where things are about to bust wide open.
Where are you from and what you shoot with?
I’m from Makaha, Hawaii. I shoot with a canon 7d and a canon mark 3 5d.
How did surf photography start for you?
Surfing has always been my first love, then during highschool I got passionate about capturing my favorite things with a point-and-shoot. After shooting so much with that camera, I invested in getting a DSLR and I've loved it ever since.
Share with us something that most people don’t know about surf photography.
Sometimes it can be really hard for me to shoot because I'd rather surf it than shoot it.
Tell us about that one time you almost died, on a surf trip or in the water.
I've never had a situation yet where I thought I was going to die. My dad and family made sure that we wouldn't put ourselves in situations that would put our lives at risk.
I did have sketchy situations happen to me before where I almost had a bad wipe-out.
One time I got caught on the inside really deep at Teahupo’o when the sets where coming in. I was shooting with my girlfriends and it was scary to the point to where I had to grab on to the reef with one hand while holding onto my camera with the other so that I wouldn't get dragged on to the dry reef.
Name one photographic image you saw that changed the way you approach photography.
One of my all-time favorite photos that I feel really captures the essence of the surfer riding the wave is of Midget Farrelly surfing the inside of Makaha taken by LeRoy Grannis in 1968. (See below).
You can follow Ha'a on Instagram: @haakeaulana and check out her Tumbler at Joyfuldancingsea.tumblr.com
Midget Farrelly © LeRoy Grannis