Photographer at Makalei Golf Club capturing stunning coastal views and beautiful wildlife in Kailua Kona, HI - Salt Drifter Photography.

Makalei Golf Club | Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai Photographer

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At Makalei Golf Club, we sit at elevations ranging from 1,800 to 2,850 feet, and let me tell you, the view is absolutely breathtaking. With a panoramic coastal view of the island, you'll get to experience the beauty of Hawaii like never before. Not only that, but the cooler temperatures up here provide the perfect climate for a relaxing day out on the green. Now, when it comes to the landscape at Makalei, it's a true photographer's dream. You'll find yourself surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, including over 100 peacocks, pheasants, and turkeys. It's truly a sight to behold and adds an extra touch of natural beauty to our venue.

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Speaking of our venue, we offer both indoor and outdoor options for your special day. Whether you prefer an intimate indoor setting or an outdoor ceremony with a stunning backdrop, we've got you covered. And let's not forget about the amenities. We have a full-service restaurant and a full bar with a liquor license, so you and your guests can enjoy a delicious meal and raise a toast to your love. But Makalei Golf Club isn't just for weddings. We also have an exquisite golf course that you won't want to miss. With 18 holes of cool, woodland play, you'll be treated to scenic vistas and distinctive features that make this course unlike any other in the state. And here's a fun fact for you - our smooth-rolling Bentgrass greens are rarely seen on Hawaii courses, making your golf experience with us truly unique. So whether you're planning your dream wedding or looking for a tee time to play our exceptional golf course, Makalei Golf Club is the place to be. Come and experience the natural beauty, the wildlife, and the unforgettable memories that await you at our stunning venue. You won't be disappointed.


Some love from those we've served.

“This year I had my first ever photoshoot, and I'm so glad I had it with Leah, she made me feel confident in front of the camera, had great time and photos turned out amazing!!! Thank you Leah for making my memories about Hawaii unforgettable!!! Recommend 100%”

Inga Bilaisyte

“I purchased a photo session for my daughter-in-law as a baby shower gift, to be used for maternity or newborn photos (she chose maternity). The photos are magical - they perfectly capture their love story. Leah is a talented photographer who brings out the very best, and is so easy to work with. Both my son and daughter-in-law thoroughly enjoyed their session. If you're looking for a photographer, look no further. You won't be disappointed.”

Tina Duke

“The best photographer ever! She brings out the best in people and captures a beauty and magic that I didn’t know existed. She is creative and encouraging and a true artist, creating images that last forever. Can’t recommend enough!!”

Ann Hoku Lyn

“Leah was awesome to work with. I went in with a little vision of what I wanted my shoot to look like and she used all the natural elements in my favor. The outcome of the photo shoot gave me several awesome options to choose from for my song release. I highly recommend Salt Drifter Photography for your photo needs in Kona.”

Ellen Keehan

“Leah is the most magical person to shoot with. She really knows how to make it an experience. Such memories are built. Highly recommend ✨ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

Ruth-Anne Santoro

“Leah is so talented behind the lens and she really knows how to interact with people to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera. We were so lucky to have had our first ever photoshoot with her. She has set the bar high for future photographers. The experience we had during our engagement photoshoot is one we relish. We felt so confident and comfortable. Also, Leah had our pictures ready within a week. They turned out amazing! Thank you Leah!”

LC Dizon

“Absolutely love love love this woman only one I trust to take my pictures, makes you feel very comfortable in your own skin!!can’t wait for future shoots❤️”

Alyssa Sasaki