Aloha for the ‘Āina: A Curated Collection by Our Photographers In Honor of Earth Month
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and we want to honor and celebrate our aloha for our ‘āina and home. We asked our photographers, Aaron K. Yoshino and David Croxford, to curate a collection of their work in tribute of Earth Month.
This article was originally published on April 30, 2020 for Earth Month. It was updated on June 15, 2021 for Nature Photography Day.
Aaron K. Yoshino
Lightning storm over downtown Honolulu, 2018. We are just guests on this ‘āina. Images like this remind me of that.
The last Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. sugar cane burning and harvest on Maui, 2016. The end of an era in Hawai‘i, and a sign of changing attitudes about the value of our natural resources.
Waimea, Hawai‘i Island.
Queen’s Beach during a king tide, 2017. If you know this beach, you know how weird this photo is. The king tides give us a preview of what the everyday effects of sea level rise might look like. The longboarder on a knee-high wave on the left is where the water line would normally be, and there is normally about 30 feet of sand between the sidewalk and the water.
Hālona Beach at moonrise, 2 a.m.
This isn’t the nicest photo ever but it is one of the last images taken of an Achatinella apexfulva; this one is known as Lonesome George. George was a snail endemic to O‘ahu and the last known surviving member of his species. He was being kept alive at the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Snail Extinction Program laboratory. Invasive predatory snails, rodents and of course human encroachment have impacted the more than 750 different species of snails that once lived here.
This past month’s supermoon.
Mokoli‘i. I grew up on the East Side of O‘ahu and have many memories of camping along this coastline as a child.
Waimea Canyon, Kaua‘i.
This was an incredible moment. In 2014 I was at Halema‘uma‘u Crater on Hawai‘i Island to photograph the moonrise over the crater. Soon after moonrise, a huge bank of fog rolled in and enveloped everything. The sky transformed from almost perfectly clear to this, in minutes. It was otherworldly.
Tag your favorite Island photos that show us your love for Mother Earth #alohaainaforhi.