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Capturing your experience in Hawaii with photographer Harold Alvea

The Seek Spot team recently sat down with a new member of the Seek Spot partner family- Harold Alvea from Alvea Studios.

Tell us about a recent experience shooting photos that expresses why you do what you do?
A family from San Diego flew to Hawaii a couple of weeks ago to have a little break from their busy lives and have their little one enjoy the beach for a while. Taking their photos reminded me how amazing photos can be – it captures the little things long after you have forgotten those details.

It preserves the memories and the moments that are passing. Then, when you look at them later, you are taken back to the time when it was photographed. Sort of like a time machine.

What makes photography in Hawaii different?
A vacation in Hawaii will always be in anyone’s bucket list. Beautiful beach, fine sand, peaceful ocean and a good Mai Tai – it is the perfect escape! And if you are blessed enough to be in this paradise, there is no better way to preserve it than to have amazing photos.
Do you have a favorite setting for portrait sessions?
My portrait sessions usually take place in the famous Waikiki Beach with the majestic Diamond Head as the backdrop. Sessions can be done anywhere on the island that a client desires. Waikiki beach is my favorite spot for this kind of portrait session. Aside from the ease of being near where the guests are staying, Waikiki has a gorgeous sunset!
You said earlier that you get emotional sometimes when you work on a project, tell us more?
I realize that when I take a photograph, I sort of become part of someone’s life. I remember tearing up while editing photos of a family portrait session. One day, that family will look back at those old photos and relive that moment. They might forget my name and who I am but it was my vision that preserved that moment – and I was able to capture that through my lens and vision.
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Capture Your Hawaii Vacation

We all wish our vacation could last forever, don’t we? What better way to do just that than by having a photo shoot in paradise? Capture the beauty of Hawaii and make your family photos stand out in the crowd! Below are five celebrations worthy of a tropical shoot by Monica Lau Photography:

Wedding Anniversary in Hawaii

1. Anniversaries
Celebrate another year together and all the changes that can bring! Use props, such as a chalk board or wood numbers to show how many years you’ve been together. Perhaps the kids can hold the sign as mom and dad kiss below the palm trees!

Family reunion Hawaii

2. Family Reunions
The perfect excuse to get everyone together – a Hawaiian trip and photo shoot! Hold up photos of old reunions or signs saying where each family hails from.

3. Retirements

Years of hard work deserves to be remembered! Bring tokens of your or your loved one’s career to feature in the shoot or keep it simple with a sunset session signifying the end of an era.

4. Engagements
Announce your engagement in style on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Lanikai… or go all out and pop the question during the shoot! She’ll be so focused on enjoying the session that she’ll never see it coming!

Oahu Family  Portraits

5. Christmas at the beach
Be the most talked about Christmas card next year – ever heard of Christmas in July? Well, we have that year round here! Don some Santa hats at the beach, make some sand angels and sand people and guarantee yourself a spot on everyone’s fridge come December.

Family photos in Hawaii

Whatever it is you want to celebrate, do it in paradise and let me capture the magic! Call today to set up your Hawaiian photo shoot! Monica Lau Photography




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Personal Services…finding the out-of-the-ordinary services you need

baby tent for rentWhen you are traveling, it can sometimes be challenging to find the personal services you may want or need. For example, if you are a family, out and about here on Oahu with young children or infants, seeing sights or enjoying the beach, you may find yourself needing to rent car seats, strollers, baby shade tents, or other equipment you didn’t think to bring or found to be too cumbersome to travel with.  Perhaps you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary while here in Hawaii and would like to find a good, highly qualified local photographer to capture the special occasion on film. You might even wish to hire a personal chef for a memorable, relaxing evening of delicious dining without going out! There are often out-of-the-ordinary services you find yourself needing and yet you want to be sure of the quality and professionalism of the business. Seek Spot by Be Our Guest Directory can offer you this assurance. The above mentioned personal services, and more, can be found in our directory. We are dedicated to providing you information and access to the best Oahu has to offer and sincerely want your visit to Hawaii to be as enjoyable as possible! To view our personal services recommendations click here.

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Baby Equipment Rentals

paradise baby

Traveling with children can be challenging! Infants and toddlers need a stroller, plus all infants and young children need a car seat. Then there are things like a high chair or crib. You might want a “hands free” way to cart your youngster like a baby back pack, and let’s not forget the beach gear! Make it easier on yourself and get what you need from Paradise Baby Company! They are a full service rental company with everything you need, from essentials to those little extras (like a pop-up tent to shade your little ones at the beach!). They also carry items for the older children such as boogie boards, snorkel masks, and even children’s bikes. You will be amazed at the variety they offer, including toys to keep your child entertained, and rest assured that all their equipment is cleaned and sanitized prior to delivery. By the way, they offer free delivery too! Licensed and insured, they can truly provide for all your baby and child equipment needs. This vacation travel smart, travel light, and let Paradise Baby Company make your stay on Oahu easy and enjoyable! You can get more information in the Personal Services section of Seek Spot by Be Our Guest Directory.

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Dining In?…Hire a Chef!

john adams

Many of us look for restaurants when we visit, but it doesn’t always cross our mind to hire a personal chef to cook for us! Perhaps where you are staying has that perfect sunset view, or that relaxing atmosphere you want to savor while on vacation. Why not sit back and enjoy it to the fullest? What a culinary treat it is to have your own private chef prepare your meal for you. These professional chefs use fresh, local ingredients to create a gourmet delight personalized to your tastes! Whether it’s for one, two, or ten, they can accommodate your request . Seek Spot Directory can provide you with information on private chef services  available. Enhance your stay on Oahu and make your island experience even more memorable! Pamper yourself while enjoying your island vacation!

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Transportation and shuttle services around Oahu

Not everyone who comes to Hawaii to visit chooses to rent a car, and even if you do, there are other transportation options to consider when deciding what to see or do while you are here on Oahu. For example, there are guided tours and charter services available for a day sight-seeing trip, if you have a large group or just want to “sit back and enjoy the ride” with a professional tour guide! Perhaps you are planning a wedding and are looking for limo service, or maybe you just need an airport shuttle. Another fun way to see the island is by biking and there are bike rentals available. Oahu also has excellent bus service and you might want to find the bus routes and schedules ahead of time. All of these options are to be found in the Transportation and Important Information sections of our directory. There are so many ways to enjoy Oahu!

Check our directory for the mode of transportation that best suits your needs!

Go To North Shore Transportation

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Sun Rider Images….

Laurie’s expertise and creativity make her an excellent choice for those priceless wedding and family photos.


North Shore Photography by Laurie

When you visit the website of, we are sure you will be impressed with the beauty and the artistic quality of the photography of Laurie Kasten! Describing herself as “always happy” and pursuing her lifelong hobby, Laurie says what sets her apart from others in her field is “my eyes versus their eyes”. She truly does have an “eye” for creating gorgeous photos! Many of them, such as those taken on her travels and here on the beautiful North Shore, are available for purchase and would make a memorable gift for yourself or a friend. Laurie’s expertise and creativity make her an excellent choice for those priceless wedding and family photos. We are sure, no matter the occasion, you will find her fun to work with and be pleased with the results! Laurie loves her work and it shows!

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Paradise Baby Co…..

Make your trip easier and eliminate the hassles by calling Paradise Baby Co.

Inspired by her own travel experiences as a parent, Cara Ballard decided to provide a full-service baby equipment rental company, but she took it a step farther than the usual run-of-the-mill rentals. We are talking top of the line products just as you would have at home for your child! There is a vast array of choices to meet any need your baby or child might have, from the usual things such as cribs, strollers, and car seats, to boogie boards, bikes, beach gear, and more! In addition, all equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to delivery, their prices are great, and they deliver. Cara’s goal is to make your trip to Hawaii safe, easy, and enjoyable. She will also gladly share with you her local knowledge of the most family friendly beaches and activities! Make your trip easier and eliminate the hassles by calling Paradise Baby Co., or go online to see all the products available for rental at We are confident you will be glad you did!

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Private Chef North Shore…

He is an experienced, professional chef with a diverse background and is able to prepare many different foods for your enjoyment.

His name is John Wesley Adams and his calling is cooking. John, who has been a private chef for the past five years and in the cooking profession for 26 years, says he’s been in the kitchen since he was 15 years old! He found he liked cooking and, even better, he was good at it. John has had many opportunities over the years to learn from some great chefs and he has never tired of the creativity found in food preparation. In 2007 he decided to go out on his own and began being a private chef. John says this particularly suits him because he loves meeting new people and he loves cooking for people in their homes, whether for a special occasion or just a relaxing “evening in”.

John works with local farms and fishermen to bring you the freshest local flavors and if you have something special in mind that you want, just let him know! He is an experienced, professional chef with a diverse background and is able to prepare many different foods for your enjoyment. When asked what his biggest life lesson learned is, he replied “Stop and smell the roses, or on the North Shore, watch the sunset”, so call John and let him cook up a delicious dinner for you and, while you wait, you can watch the sunset! For contact information visit his website……or look for his add in the Seek Spot by Be Our Guest Hawaii Directory.

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