Oh man, getting this shot was quite the exercise in perseverance. Getting to Pololū Valley from Kona (on Hawaii’s Big Island) is about a 3 hour round trip drive. It’s a sunrise location, which means you’ll need to leave Kona between around 4am to 430am to get there and still have enough time to scope things out and hike down the trail of switchbacks that leads down to the optimal vantage point. I had to make that drive 3 times to get conditions even worthy of taking my camera out of the bag. The first two attempts involved me sitting in my car at the parking area while it rained cats and dogs for over an hour. I kept waiting hoping the rain would stop but it never did. It was raining so hard (on both days) that just had to look at my watch to tell when the sun had risen because I couldn’t tell looking out the window.
The third time was a charm though, because instead of a storm being straight overhead it was out over the ocean. The rising sun forced gorgeous diffused light through the base of the storm and onto the cliffs that surround Pololū Valley. It was worth the effort!