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The ballots are in and this years Aipono winners were announce at a glamorous gala held at the Four Seasons Wailea! Check out the winners here! This year’s Best of Maui issue features a cover photo I shot of Chef Cameron’s beautiful creation at Spago Maui.Congratulations to all this years winners! This issue is full of beautiful stories about all of Maui’s best of the best.

Nina Kuna Photography Spago Maui Aipono Ballets are in!  Latest Cover Photo by Nina Kuna

It’s out! And I was lucky to be a part of it! I was sent on assignment for HAWAI’I magazine to shoot Maui’s Da Kitchen, Star Noodle and Sam Sato’s in Wailuku for their 2013 Food Issue.  Thrilled to see that my photo of Da Kitchen’s crazy Notorious B.I.G. made it to the title page!

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Once again I had the pleasure of photographing dream team Chef Brian Etheredge and Chef Chris Kulis of Capische fame. This time for Modern Luxury Hawaii.  The cover photo was of a stunning creation full of color, texture and height, with the ingredients plainly discernible yet so artfully put together. I photographed the duo right before their nightly dinner rush on their famous lanai as we worked with the sun’s every speeding decent. A fabo collabo, I can’t wait to work with these incredibly gifted guys again!

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The May/June Issue of Maui No Ka Oi magazine featured a photo taken by myself and Art Director John Giordani at Mama’s Fish House. It pictures their signature stuffed Mahi Mahi dish. I love the bright colors in the copy and title that compliment the photo. If any of you dine at Mama’s, this is the entree to order!

Nina Kuna Photography Mamas Fish House Maui No Ka Oi Best of Maui Dining Issue

Shooting the Dec Cover for Maui No Ka Oi was fun – as always – especially since I was with Art Director John Giordani. He brought the festive props and made it just a bit Hawaiian with a few mac nuts. I must say, we sampled one of these amazing pies and were floored with how tasty it was! The kicker: There’s a ooey, gooey puddle of caramel in the middle. YUM! To the right is another option we took for the cover but the chocolate pie stole our hearts. Happy Holidays!

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I recently shot artist Sandra Clark for Wailea Magazine. Her work was stunning and saturated with color and her light filled home was the perfect backdrop for the shoot. I haven’t seen the publication but it should “hit the streets” (of Wailea) soon! Her works can be seen in person at Napua Gallery at the Grand Wailea Resort.

Nina Maui Photography Sandra Clark Wailea Magazine Wailea Artist Sandra Clark for Wailea Magazine

When I was sent on assignment to Amasia by Maui No Ka Oi magazine, I  was in for a lot of surprises! The smooth bar was made out of unfinished wood and was as soft as fine leather, and I was told it had to be sanded every night to keep it looking so pristine. You can appreciate the grain in the Dining cover photo below. The traditional Japanese restaurant was lovingly updated with beautiful accents to the interior, but definitely remains true to it’s heritage. Chef Alan Wong was great to work with and photograph, a stoic and humble man with an infectious smile… and yes! Also a passionate food photographer! Here are some fun additional photos and outtakes.

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I had the great pleasure of shooting artist Maia Marinelli for Modern Luxury Magazine. Her close relationship to wind in her artwork naturally led us to Sprecklesville beach on Maui’s North Shore, a well known playground for windsurfers. She needed little direction and looked beautiful and natural against the spectacular backdrop!

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I had no idea that there used to a zoo on Maui,  and I definitely didn’t know that there is now a beautiful Botanical Garden in it’s place! Full of native plants, I’ve started taking lunches there from time to time with my husband to sit in a quiet oasis of native Hawaiian plants and trees… for free! Check it out on a lazy weekend afternoon… visit for directions and hours. Here are some of the tear sheets from the article just published in Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, designed by Art Director John Giordani.Nina Maui Photography Maui Nui Botanical Gardens 1 Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului

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Every year Maui No Ka Oi honors members in the community that have made it their personal missions to be protectors of Maui’s beautiful natural environment, and every year I have the pleasure of meeting and photographing them for the story. This year, MNKO featured Captain Jim Coon, founder and owner of eco-friendly Trilogy Excursions, who also donates his boats monthly to reef clean up; Bryon Stevens, a Natural Area Reserves specialist celebrating 20 years of service,  and Kuhea Paracuelles, who has dedicated her life to environmental conservation and now oversees the outreach and internship programs for Haleakala National Park hoping to inspire youth to consider careers in nature conservation. These are very inspiring and passionate people, and it’s an honor to be able to take their portraits!Nina Maui Photography Captain Jim Coon Trilogy Maui No Ka Oi Environmental Heroes Issue

Nina Maui Photography Kuhea Parcuelles Maui No Ka Oi Environmental Heroes Issue