Explore the Big Island of Hawaii

February 12–19, 2024

Join us on the big island of Hawaii. You’ll photograph waterfalls in the lush rainforest, fly over and photograph the spectacular north coast in a helicopter with the doors off, and photograph stars and the night sky above from the summit of Mauna Kea. You’ll photograph white and black sand beaches, plus craters and volcanic landscapes in Volcanoes National Park, while staying at the famous Volcano House with incredible views on the rim.

This small group of only six guests will be working with our pro to learn more about photography on one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific. You’ll have lessons on composition from the air and the ground, post-processing, and our famous image reviews.

During this workshop, you will see the most beautiful parts of this island, beginning on the Kona coast, traveling to the north shore, and ending up back on the Kona coast. You’ll also have the opportunity to photograph the archeological sites of the ancient Polynesians at Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park.

Muench Workshops is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.

Your Pro






February 12–19, 2024

Fitness Level



Open for Registration
Limited to 6 Guests


This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.

February 12, 2024: Arrive at Kona Hawaii airport by noon and transport to the hotel. We’ll help you arrange transportation to our group hotel. We’ll have a group introduction and discussion about the workshop logistics. Sunset photography shoot at Anaehoomalu Bay and dinner at the resort.

February 13, 2024: Sunrise shoot at Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. We’ll also visit St. Benedict’s Painted Church before breakfast. After lunch, we’ll visit the Kona coffee plantation and Kailua-Kona town.

In the afternoon, we’ll hold our first image review accompanied by post-processing. For sunset, we’ll photograph the Makalawena Bay/Kekaha Kai State Park. Dinner at the resort.

February 14, 2024: Sunrise shoot at Pololu Valley viewpoint. We’ll then explore the ranch land vistas nearby. We’ll then hold another image review with more lessons. Sunset will be at Mauna Kea summit to photograph the late light and starry skies. We’ll have the opportunity to view constellations with a telescope in addition to our night photography.

February 15, 2024: We have planned to take a doors-off helicopter tour of the North Kohala coast this morning. After our flights, we’ll transfer to Hilo, where we’ll visit the island’s wet side and the tropical gardens.

February 16, 2024: Sunrise photo shoot at Hilo Bay followed by a visit to Rainbow Falls. Depending on the conditions, we’ll visit Akaka Falls, the World Gardens, and Umauma Falls. We’ll plan to photograph along Saddle Road in the afternoon until sunset.

February 17, 2024: Sunrise photo shoot at Kama’ili Beach and Kalapana Coast. We may also visit the Painter Church in Kalapana-Pahoa. We’ll transfer to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and check in to the Volcano House lodge. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Thurston Lava Tube, Crater Rim Drive, and possibly Mauna Loa Road.

February 18, 2024: Sunrise photo shoot along the Chain of Craters Road and petroglyphs. We’ll have a mid-morning hike up the Kilauea Iki trail. After lunch, we’ll hold another image review, head out for our sunset photo shoot at the Halemaumau Crater and capture the glow of the lava, if it is flowing.

February 19, 2024: Sunrise photo shoot at Punaluu Black Sand Beach. Return to Kona for afternoon departures from the airport.



Moderate: Short walks up to one mile on trails and beaches.


Arrive Kona International Airport at Keāhole (KOA), Kailua / Kona, Hawaii before 12:00 PM on February 12, 2024. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on February 19, 2024.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $2,000 supplement.
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
  • All permits and park fees
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • All helicopter charters
  • Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
  • Multiple image reviews and post-processing sessions
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from Greg Vaughn
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Kailua / Kona, Hawaii.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.
  • Single rooming available for $2,000 supplement.

Payment Terms

  • Your deposit of $3,495 will hold your space in this workshop.
  • Further payment of $3,000 is due by July 1, 2023.
  • The balance is due not later than November 1, 2023.
  • All of our standard Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.


“Greg Vaughn is a class act. He is an excellent instructor and a gentleman. Up till now I have booked trips based on location, but in the future I might book a trip I would otherwise not be too excited about, if he was to be the instructor. ”

— Bob Slackman, Olympic National Park '21

“Greg was excellent at making sure each participant was set up and ok. He made the round coming back to check. Helped with technique and always noted numerous additional photos options. ”

— Ted Orwig, Oregon Coast '22