Hawai’i is like no other place in the world. The island chain is the most isolated land mass on earth. New species arrived and established themselves about once every 10,000 years and the islands are the endangered species capital of the US.


In geological time, they barely exist–each island breaking the surface, growing up to 15,000 feet high, and disappearing within 10 million years, eventually to be swallowed up into the earth’s crust. Despite being in the tropics, virtually all of the earth’s climate zones are represented across the islands.

 
Hawai’i

If you only know Hawai’i from TV, images of hula dancers, luaus, tropical drinks, and other human-made tourist attractions, you should know that the real Hawaii is something entirely different.

I’ve been to every island in the main chain except Niihau, which I’ve been off shore of. Each island is similar, but different, often with stark differences within a few miles.

Maui

Moloka’i

Kauai

Virtually all of my photos are of nature, with a few of myself and others.

My obsession began in 1996 with a trip to Moloka’i, motivated by a desire to visit the Kalaupapa leper colony.

Sorry, no photos of Oahu, which I don’t visit as much.

Hawai’i, the Big Island

Kalalau Valley, Kauai

 

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