Your Hawaii Photos

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Coconut Grove, Oahu
Photograph by Gabriel Coloma, My Shot
A coconut grove at sunset in Aina Haina on the island of Oahu in Hawaii


Green Sea Turtle
Photograph by Lorenzo Menendez, My Shot
A Hawaiian green sea turtle swims in just a few feet of water.


Plumeria Lei Stand, Oahu
Photograph by Noel Hawkins, My Shot
Lei stand near the Dole Plantation, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii


Conch Shell
Photograph by Kim Wobensmith, My Shot
While on our way home from Okinawa, we stopped in Hawaii and witnessed this!


Polihua Beach, Lanai
Photograph by Nanouk el Gamal Wijchers, My Shot
Polihua Beach on Lanai, Hawaii. One of the most deserted beaches in Hawaii.


Lava Flow, Big Island
Photograph by Lorenzo Menendez, My Shot
Lava flow right before the sun came up in Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii


Waterfall, Big Island
Photograph by Joey Buchanan, My Shot
A beautiful day on the Big Island of Hawaii. Wish I could see this every day.


Skimboarder, Sandys Beach, Oahu
Photograph by Ashley Hamel, My Shot

A skimboarder at Sandys Beach in Oahu hits the water.

Sunrise, Kauai
Photograph by Matt Wade, My Shot
This scene looks peaceful enough, but it was actually one of the most treacherous and turbulent landscape shots I’ve taken. The pre-dawn ocean was violently churning and downpours of rain were sporadic. I was literally in the water to get this shot and my camera almost got washed away a couple of times. I used a neutral density filter over the lens to slow the waves to get a fog effect.


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Photograph by Sergio Dennis, My Shot
Lava pouring into the sea after midnight. Shot on Kodachrome film in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


Haleakala Volcano, Maui
Photograph by Kahuna Hawaii, Your Shot
A Hawaiian kahuna welcomes the sun from the 10,000-foot summit of Haleakala volcano.


Surfers, Oahu
Photograph by Christian Vetter, My Shot
Surfers scoping the waves on Oahu’s North Shore


Splashing Waves, Oahu
Photograph by Olivia Boyle, My Shot
We were standing on a ledge that dropped about five or six feet and created huge splashes. She was eventually soaked. Summer 2010, Oahu, Hawaii.

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Rainbow, Maui
Photograph by Robert Langley, My Shot
This was taken during a three-hour jaunt to Hana on the wonderful island of Maui. This was one of the many spectacular views seen during this wonderful drive. This rainbow was clearly visible throughout the entire journey.


Bluestripe Snappers and Milletseed Butterfly Fish, Oahu
Photograph by Brandi Mueller, My Shot
I was diving a wreck off Oahu, Hawaii, at about 100 feet and my camera was having technical difficulties. I stopped swimming to try to fix it and these bluestripe snappers and milletseed butterfly fish crowded around me. By the time I got my camera to work again I couldn’t even see the wreck, just the fish. It was amazing to have them so close.


Storm Clouds and Rainbow
Photograph by Marcelo Dapino, My Shot
The storm lasted about one minute.

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Cliff Jumpers
Photograph by Jon Neal, My Shot
Cliff jumpers in Hawaii


Sunset Beach
Photogrpah by Lisa Marsh, My Shot
North Shore


Crab, Kauai
Photograph by Lorenzo Menendez, My Shot
A crab took a defensive stance when I got too close to him. I was shooting on the north shore of Kauai at sunrise when I saw all these crabs popping out of the sand and running toward the ocean.


Lava Flow, Big Island
Photograph by Alain Barbezat, My Shot
On a holiday trip to Hawaii this July my wife and I decided to treat ourselves with a helicopter tour of the Big Island. We flew over the lava flowing into the sea, and the moment I saw it I knew I had to come back at night to capture the majesty of it. I went back the next day, driving four hours to get there and a bit of hiking as well. By 9 p.m. it was time to go back to our hotel, which was still a four-hour trip back. I can still see and hear it roar in my head, the unbelievable beauty of nature.


Valley of the Temples, Oahu
Photograph by Steven Lau, My Shot
On a recent trip to Oahu, I spent the early afternoon at the Valley of the Temples, which had breathtaking views of the Ko’olau Mountains in the background.


Mountains, Kauai
Photograph by Kevin Raggio, My Shot
An aerial view of the mountains on the island of Kauai, Hawaii


Lighthouse, Big Island
Photograph by Linda Wanless, My Shot
While exploring the Big Island in Hawaii, we made our way up a little dirt road that seemed to go nowhere. After getting out and climbing over an old metal gate we weaved our way closer to the sound of the ocean. What a beautiful sight we stumbled upon … breathtaking.


Byodo-In Temple, located at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in the Valley of the Temples, Windward, Oahu, Hawaii. It is a scale replica of a temple in Uji, Japan, that was built over 900 years ago.


Heavy Clouds, Maui
Photograph by Wassim Diab, My Shot
I captured this while on a boat sailing around the west coast of Maui, Hawaii. Heavy clouds were casting large areas of shadow on the mountains. At sunset, the horizontal sunlight enhanced the giant clouds. I hand-held my Nikon D300s, did my best to avoid shakes, and had a fast sequence of three exposures at 1 EV difference (HDR image), trying to capture a better dynamic range of that marvelous scene. I used Photoshop CS4 as a digital darkroom to adjust the white balance and the contrast.


Pipiwai Trail, Maui
Photograph by Mark Corcoran, My Shot
Hiking the Pipiwai Trail on the east side of Maui takes you from sea level to the spectacular 400-foot Waimoku Falls. Along the way the trail bisects a serene bamboo forest, which provides a welcome natural cooling effect.



Wailua Falls, Kauai
Photograph by Lorenzo Menendez, My Shot
The beautiful Wailua Falls on the island of Kauai. Normally these run as twin falls, but during heavy rains they become massive.


Silver Sword Bloom, Maui
Photograph by Guy Hamilton, My Shot
I finally witnessed, and was able to capture, this image of the rare silver sword bloom, after three years of trekking to Haleakala National Park on Maui. This amazing plant only grows at above 9,000 feet elevation and “only” on the island of Maui. It lives for 50 years, blooms only once in this spectacular display, then dies. I discovered this bloom one afternoon and with special permission from the park service, I spent the next three nights with this natural wonder.


Passion Fruit Blossom
Photograph by Iris Takahashi, My Shot
Honolulu, Hawaii


Na Pali Coast, Kauai
Photograph by Andre Salvador, My Shot
On a boat cruising along the Na Pali Coast is the only way I can get this close to the sharp ridges and deep gorges of the Na Pali Mountains. This was taken at sunset with a pristine, white-sand beach separating the sea and the sharp-edged mountain of the Na Pali Coast.


Surfer and Sea Turtle
Photograph by Lisa Marsh, My Shot
I’ve never seen another shot of a green sea turtle (called honu in Hawaii) surfacing at the exact same time that a surfer is wiping out and the surfboard is at maximum height. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I downloaded my memory card and scanned through the shots.

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