If a picture is worth a thousand words, what does it mean when a photograph leaves you speechless, or questioning reality? Surrounded by the beautiful Pacific Ocean and full of stunning mountain ranges, valleys, forests, and even volcanoes, Hawaii will often have you questioning your reality – even if you’ve lived here your entire life. These 17 photos prove that Hawaii is so stunning, and varied in its landscape, that sometimes, you can’t even tell if we’re on earth anymore.
1) “Mauna Kea 1” by Hector Parayuelos
The stark contrast between sky and mountain has you wondering if this could even be earth.
2) “Almost Enough to Touch” by Brian Uhreen
It’s hard to tell if this is a photograph, or a painting.
3) “Tropical Aurora” by Floyd Manzano
It sure does look like the Northern Lights made a visit to Hawaii, doesn’t it?
4) “Light & Shadow” by Glen Malley
Even the trees in Hawaii look as though they were painted, or somehow altered.
5) “Makapuu Night Panorama” by Tommylege
The combination of light, clouds and stars make for one dreamy photo.
6) “New Time Zone, Still No Friends” by Zach Dischner
I can’t believe two things about this photo – the colors and lighting in this sunset, and that this is actually a self-portrait.
7) “Ethereal-ish” by Dustin Williams
Yet another other worldly shot taken in Hawaii. It’s gotta be the lava rocks, right?
8) “Flowing Rock” by Paul Bica
Never has a volcanic eruption looked so beautiful.
9) “Waikiki Winter” by Kanaka Menehune
This is a pretty unique shot – as the surf is not often calm enough to get straight reflections like this.
10) “Spouting Horn Kauai” by Christian Arballo
Beautiful during the day, this photo taken at night experimenting with LED light is absolutely breathtaking.
11) “Shimmer” by Andy Beal
How cool are the lights from these little shops reflecting on the water?
12) “Mystical Kalalau” by Alex Schwab
Sometimes I can’t believe the beauty of this magnificent state – it feels like a fairytale.
13) “Healing Waters” by Andy Beal
From the photographer: “An overcast day at the Iao Valley provided the perfect opportunity to get this dreamy shot.” We couldn’t agree more.
14) "Morning Fog" by Megan Shute
The way the fog rolls over the Ko’olau Mountains is stunning.
15) “View of Keonehe’ehe’e (Sliding Sands)” by David Fulmer
This photo appears as though it was taken on Mars, rather than earth.
16) “Pink Sunset of My Dreams” by D Sharon Pruitt
Is it possible that a sunset could actually be so vibrant?
17) “Wispy Makena Cove Sunset” by Peter Liu
The fiery sunset and lava rocks were captured brilliantly in this long exposure shot.