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The Pono Team

We have assembled a remarkable team of professional Hawaii Photographers in Maui and Oahu who wholeheartedly share my vision of capturing breathtaking moments in beautiful light while providing exceptional service. 

Rest assured, no matter which one of our talented photographers is behind the camera, the resulting images and experience will be nothing short of amazing! What sets us apart is that we are one of the rare photography teams in Hawaii to have a dedicated full-time professional editor. This expert ensures that every image we edit undergoes a thorough review process before it is released to our clients, guaranteeing that it perfectly aligns with our brand and high-quality standards.

Passionate about the art of creating stunning photos, we are eagerly looking forward to capturing your special moments in the stunning backdrop of Hawaii!


Lead Photographer & Owner

Hey there! I'm Clarissa, a true creative spirit who was lucky enough to grow up in an environment bursting with artistic vibes. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, I naturally developed my own unique way of expressing myself through art and photography.

After studying Arts and Photography at the awesome University FAAP in Sao Paulo, I felt the itch to explore new avenues. That's when I made the leap across the pond to the United States, landing at the renowned Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). There, I dove headfirst into the captivating world of Jewelry Design, pushing my creativity to new heights.

But life had a funny way of leading me down unexpected paths. While vacationing in Maui, Hawaii, I stumbled upon the exhilarating sport of kitesurfing, and boy, did it change everything! I fell head over heels for the adrenaline rush and the sheer joy of soaring through the air. So, without hesitation, I decided to make the islands of Hawaii my new playground.

For six epic years, I lived and breathed kitesurfing, competing and traveling the globe. Little did I know that this incredible adventure would unlock a hidden talent within me - photography. As an athlete and model for my sponsors, I found myself on the other side of the lens, experiencing the magic of capturing moments in a whole new way.

Fast forward to today, and I'm now a proud mama, taking a break from the competitive kitesurfing scene. But you know what? It's allowed me to refocus my energy and passion on my true love: photography. Whether it's immortalizing the beauty of weddings, capturing the love and joy of families, or exploring the wonders of nature, I pour my heart and soul into every shot.

So, let's make some magic together! I approach photography with a modern edge and a friendly vibe, ready to capture your unforgettable moments with a cool and creative flair. Trust me, the final results will blow you away and leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Let's create something extraordinary!

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My Family

Our Photographers


QUICK FACTS about Clarissa

"Surfing is my biggest passion"


"I consider myself a Super Mom of 3 children"


"I miss my world traveling days..."

"The ocean is my church"

"Some people couldn't live without their phones, and I couldn't live without CHOCOLATE!!!" 


"I live for those special and joyful family moments" 


If you have questions about photography, packages, availability or anything else, please get in touch!

We look forward to speaking with you!

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