A trip of a lifetime – Aloha Coxes – New England Photographer in Oahu, Hawaii

aulani resort oahu hawaiiJust in case you weren’t following our travel adventures on instagram (@briannacox and @windingandweekending) or snapchat (@briannamcox), I just returned from a very special trip to Hawaii with my husband and his whole family.

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Diamond Head Lighthouse


My husband, Peter and his family had been to 49 out of the 50 U.S. states until this past week when they got to check off their 50th state in Hawaii! Growing up going on cross country road trips with his family, the travel bug was instilled in him from a very young age. The same can be said for his mother, Gigi who grew up traveling all over North America with her late parents. We took this trip to celebrate the life of Gigi’s Mom (Peter’s Grandmother) Shirley, by checking off their 50th state, and visiting Hawaii with the entire family!
I was honored to be included in this memorial trip. 

The Coxes proudly displaying their achievement of visiting all 50 states from the top of Diamond Head Volcano!

The Coxes proudly displaying their achievement of visiting all 50 states from the top of Diamond Head Volcano!

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Walking THROUGH Diamond Head Volcano and the view of Honolulu from the top

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My grandmother lived in Oahu, Hawaii for some time, as did my father throughout different stages of his life so it holds a special place in my side of the family’s heart as well. Above are pictures of me with my father the last time I visited Hawaii when I was 4 years old, my Grandmother and my father by their homes in Oahu.

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We found the beach facing Chinaman’s Hat that my Dad played on when he was little.


Just some of the many tropical flowers we encountered and coffee cherries!

Just some of the many beautiful tropical flowers we encountered (and coffee cherries)

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IN Waimea Falls

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Manoa Falls

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Green Sea Turtles at Turtle Beach on the North Shore of Oahu.


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Halona Blowhole and Lookout


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This was a humbling, awe-inspiring journey with so many natural wonders and beauty, I was moved to tears at times. Our creator is a true artist!
I feel so blessed to have experienced this gorgeous place again as an adult when I could truly appreciate it.

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For a fun addition to the new Brianna Cox Photography website and blog I’m going to be sharing more personal, travel and “behind the scenes” blog posts. But don’t worry, there will be more wedding posts to come very soon. 😉 I’ve been a busy bee, editing wedding photos while on vacation too. So keep following along the Brianna Cox Photography blog for more wedding and family portrait sessions, wedding planning tips, surprise elopements and more!

Mahalo and Aloha! <3

  • Sara - Stunning! This certainly made me want to pack my family up and go on this sort of trip of a lifetime! Visiting all 50 states is quite a rare achievement!

    Your work is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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