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John Ching’s Tropical Chimeras

Los Angeles-based artist John Ching grew up in Hawaii and loves David Attenborough’s nature documentaries. He jokes that these are the two main things that shaped him as a person. He also claims that his chimerical creations are not so surreal. He simply sketches his childhood impressions of the bright colors, animals, and ocean of Hawaii. Continue reading »

“Aloha from Hawaii”: Sunny Surfing Paintings by Jack Soren

Jack Soren is an artist based and from Hawaii, where he spent most of his life surfing, exploring the islands, and his passions. Continue reading »

Photographer Thomas Strogalski Captured Wonderful Images Of Abandoned Cars Swallowed By Hawaii’s Jungles

Both unfortunate and slightly heartening, we see abandoned cars in Hawaii being swallowed up by the thick jungle around them. Vines, trees, and tropical foliage slowly engulf these rotting vehicles, showing that nature really will take over, if given time. In photographs by Thomas Strogalski. Continue reading »

Brilliant Landscape Photography In Hawaii By Jason Wright

Spectacular natural landscapes by Jason Wright, a gifted photographer, and contemporary painter who was born and grew up in Hawaii and has now returned to the Big Island. He studied Painting and Graphic Design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Jason specializes in landscape photography. He shoots awesome long exposure landscapes of Hawaii. Continue reading »

Fascinating Photos That Capture Everyday Of Oahu Beaches, Hawaii In The Early 1970s

Oahu, known as “The Gathering Place”, is the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It is home to roughly one million people – about two-thirds of the population of the U.S. state of Hawaii.

The state capital, Honolulu, is on Oahu’s southeast coast. Including small associated islands such as Ford Island and the islands in Kāneohe Bay and off the eastern (windward) coast, its area is 596.7 square miles (1,545.4 km2), making it the 20th-largest island in the United States. Continue reading »

Parts Of Hawaii Are Covered In Snow

The summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the big island in Hawaii were recently closed after snow created icy and unsafe conditions. When people think of Hawaii they normally think of sun and sandy beaches, but according to meteorologists around the world, more snow is on the way for Hawaii. Continue reading »

Hawaii Volcano Lava Prompts Evacuation Concerns

“Dozens of residents in a rural area of Hawaii were placed on alert as flowing lava from an erupting volcano continued to advance. Authorities on Sunday said lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii had advanced about 250 yards since Saturday morning and was moving at the rate of about 10 to 15 yards an hour, consistent with its advancement in recent days. The flow front passed through a predominantly Buddhist cemetery, covering grave sites in the mostly rural region of Puna, and was roughly a half-mile from Pahoa Village Road, the main street of Pahoa. Darryl Oliveira, director of civil defense for Hawaii County, told reporters during a late Sunday morning teleconference that the nearest home was at least 300 yards from the flow front”. – Becky Bohrer via The Associated Press.

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This October 25, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows lava flow advancing across the pasture between the Pahoa cemetery and Apa’a Street, engulfing a barbed wire fence, near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Dozens of residents in this rural area of Hawaii were placed on alert as flowing lava continued to advance. Authorities on Sunday, October 26, 2014 said lava had advanced about 250 yards since Saturday morning and was moving at the rate of about 10 to 15 yards an hour, consistent with its advancement in recent days. The flow front passed through a predominantly Buddhist cemetery, covering grave sites in the mostly rural region of Puna, and was roughly a half-mile from Pahoa Village Road, the main street of Pahoa. (Photo by AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)
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Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees on Maui, Hawaii


The phenomenon is caused by patches of bark peeling off at various times and the colors are indicators of age. A newly shed outer bark reveals bright greens which darken over time into blues and purples and then orange and red tones. Continue reading »

“Stairway to Heaven” in Hawaii


The Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder, is a steep hiking trail on the island of Oʻahu. The trail began as a wooden ladder spiked to the cliff on the south side of the Haʻikū Valley. It was installed in 1942 to enable antenna cables to be strung from one side of the cliffs above Haʻikū Valley to the other.

A building to provide a continuous communication link between Wahiawā and Haʻikū Valley Naval Radio Station was constructed at the peak of Puʻukeahiakahoe, elevation about 2,800 feet (850 m). The antennae transmitted very low frequency radio signals from a 200,000-watt Alexanderson alternator in the center of Haʻikū valley. The signals could reach US Navy submarines as far away as Tokyo Bay while the submarines were submerged. Continue reading »

Serene Waters of Hawaii

Amazingly every wave produces different textures from the last – from powerful blasts rushing over calmer water to gentle waves splashing together. Photographer Bryce Groark, is no stranger to the fascinating waves having lived on the island for 13 years and becoming inspired by other photographers snapping the water. But ironically after trying it for himself, he was drawn to those images where he missed the crest of the wave and instead preferred the ones where the wave had already crashed. Continue reading »