Photographer at The Wainaku Executive Center in Hilo, HI - Salt Drifter Photography captures stunning images against the backdrop of Hilo Bay. Available for weddings and special events.

The Wainaku Executive Center | Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai Photographer

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Welcome to the Wainaku Center, where your dream wedding or special celebration can become a reality! Picture this: a breathtaking panoramic view of Hilo Bay, framed with majestic royal palms and gently swaying coconut trees. It's the perfect backdrop for capturing those memorable moments. Not only is the Wainaku Center a beautiful and serene location, but it's also incredibly convenient. Situated less than a mile north of downtown Hilo along the historic Hamakua coastline, and just minutes away from Hilo International Airport, it's easy for you and your guests to get here.

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Did you know that the Wainaku Center has a fascinating history? It was originally the Hilo Sugar Mill and served as the home office for C. Brewer & Company. In September 2012, the property was acquired by the Edmund C. Olson Trust and underwent a beautiful renovation. Now, this two-story, 12,000 square foot building is surrounded by 12 acres of meticulously manicured grounds. Whether you're looking for an intimate wedding ceremony or a lavish celebration, the Wainaku Center offers a versatile and stunning space to create memories that will last a lifetime. Let us help turn your vision into reality at the Wainaku Center.


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