Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale, Or: Waipio Valley, Hawaii

Waipio ValleyThis week’s photo challenge calls for some scaling. I remembered this photo I took at Waipio Valley on the Big Island. It’s an incredibly beautiful and historically significant place; it was considered sacred land and the capital of the early Hawaiian kings. While the overall view from the lookout was amazing, I almost didn’t notice the (relatively) tiny waterfall at the far end of the shoreline. Fun fact: this was taken literally five minutes before the valley was engulfed in an intense rainstorm. I was lucky to get the shot.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity, Or: A Moment In The Jungle

A Moment In The Jungle

When visiting a famous landmark like Akaka Falls, it’s easy to overlook the smaller, more peaceful surroundings leading up to it.

On The Awini Trail

On The Awini Trail

Taken along the long, muddy Awini Trail near the Pololu Valley Lookout on the Big Island.

Into The Thurston Lava Tube

Into The Thurston Lava Tube

Taken at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.

Umauma River, Hawaii

Umauma River, Hawaii

Taken at the observation deck at the Umauma Falls Zipline. I would’ve taken some shots of the waterfalls themselves, but they were charging ten bucks for access, and I didn’t have an extra half hour to go deeper into the forest. Maybe next time…At least I got to see other waterfalls later that day!

Akaka Falls, Hawaii

Akaka Falls, Hawaii

Taken at Akaka Falls State Park on the Big Island.