An iconic house on the Puako shoreline, this roomy structure was built by the King family from Texas (owners of the King Ranch) in the late sixties. Puako long-timers still call it the King House, but the new owners have improved both structure and design without changing the comfortable sea-side character of the original family retreat.

How to make sure the new owners’ investment is supported by appropriate rentals? Good photography gains more rentals and those renters know it’s worth the premium fees. The current owners are very happy that the value of Kaiakea is evident in pictures I supplied in two visits to the house in 2013 and 2014.

As you can see there are some tricky angles to capture and the charm has to remain. I didn’t want to shoot such mannered images that the place lost its inviting character. On the other hand, to me, it’s a trophy place to stay. (Can I make that a phrase?) These were multiple-day sessions. In a house this big you can’t be in all the rooms at the precise moment the light is best on the ocean-facing side of the house. In addition, the exterior offered lovely approach and detail. So many good views, so little time!

Mahalo nui to 2 Papayas, LLC, the property’s management company, for the serious responsibility to make exciting images to promote this wonderful vacation house. A print brochure was produced from my shoots, and of course, Mary Fox of 2Papayas pursued all the on-line marketing she always does so well. Working as I do with full frame cameras gives designers of print materials great flexibility in their designs. In current high-end real estate this high-end capture quality is a requirement.


Comments (1)

  1. Ariana Vincent

    This is a very inviting and well-produced body of work, Jonathan. The architectural photography is superlative. I love the long shots, medium shots and close-ups. The location images portraying the proximity to the water are lovely too. The wood really shines in the imagery. The angles and lines work very well to not only create interest for potential renters, but also to create some astounding fine art architectural photography. I would love to rent this property. Your photos are very inviting.

    It’s interesting that the King Ranch family from Texas once owned the property. I wonder if the King family participated in any local farming and ranching endeavors when they were there in the late 60s.

    Here’s a little information about the King Ranch in Texas: “In 1853, Captain Richard King purchased a creek-fed oasis in the Wild Horse Desert of South Texas, sparking generations of integrity, preservation, and innovation called King Ranch. The Ranch now covers 825,000 acres—more land than the state of Rhode Island. Over the course of 150 years, King Ranch has led some of the first cattle drives, developed the Santa Gertrudis and Santa Cruz breeds of cattle, bred the finest quarter horses, and produced champion thoroughbreds—all under its iconic Running W® brand. Today’s King Ranch has diversified into a major agribusiness with interests in cattle ranching and feedlot operations, farming (citrus, cotton, grain, sugar cane, and turfgrass), commodity marketing and processing, luxury retail goods, and recreational hunting.”