About Nohea

Nohea Runnells

Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Nohea Runnells officially became a photographer at the age of 10 when she decided that her ever tolerant cats would be the object of her artistic expression. Trial, error, and some great pictures inspired her to branch out to flowers, sunsets, and anything else that caught her attention. When Nohea started modeling at 16, she quickly found that good, professional photographers that were easy for a young girl to work with were few and far between. Inspired by a family of entrepreneurs, she began doing model photography for other young women and quickly became popular. Nohea's business name, Funkyhulagurl Photography, was inspired by her integrated relationship and respect for Hawaii. She began dancing Hula at the age of 14, gaining a new appreciation for the social aspect of the Hawaiian culture, a good compliment to her interest in the natural world. She would go on to get her A.A. degree in the Hawaiian Lifestyles Hula tract and still continues to dance today. Nohea's photography business has evolved to encompass everything from big wedding events to website photography and it's not uncommon to see her husband, Chris Runnells, also a semi-professional photographer and web designer, working at her side. Nohea currently resides in South Kona with Chris, 4 cats, 1 horse, and builds and landscapes houses between photography jobs.


10% Kama’aina Discount Available For Residents/Return Costumers

All sessions include high-resolution photos on a DVD delivered approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the session date, an online web gallery, and a print release that allows client to print photos on his or her own for personal use. A retainer fee of 50% is due upon contract signing in order to hold the session date and will be applied to the total session price. Travel fees are separate and may apply.

Professional prints and albums are available may be purchased separately.

~A rush fee of $200 can be added for photos wanted in three weeks.


Hourly Rate for Portraits
10 people or less: $250
11+ people: $400
Average session lasts 45min – 1hour.
Includes a CD/DVD of all photos and photographer's edits.
Weddings & Events
2 hours $800
4 hours $1800
8 hours $3600
4+ hours includes two photographers
Additional time: $500 per hour
90 minute “just the two of us/renewals” $500
90 minute engagements $350

Photo Booth

  • $400 for one hour with unlimited prints
  • $125 each additional hour

Prop boxes – Standard, Lu’au, Super hero, Holiday

Book two or more hours and receive a soft cover album of the Photo Booth pictures.

Travel Fee May Apply
South Kona, Kailua-Kona $0
Kukio, Punalu'u $30
Waikoloa, Mauna Lani, Hapuna $40
Volcano, Waimea $50
Hamakua, Kohala, Hilo $85


If you'd like to contact Nohea about what she can do for you, email: nohea@funkyhulagurl.com