In Hawaii, a rainy day is a thing of poetry. The Hawaiian language has more than 100 words for "rain," which describe the location, volume and intensity of the shower. 'Awa refers to a fine rain or mist, and kawa is for when it's raining heavily. If a storm is unexpected, it's called ililani. If the rain is at a slant, it's called ua hikiki 'i. So much for "cloudy" and "sunny." gohawaii.com
I had five days on the Big Island. And I wanted to see it all. The exploding lava. The Jurassic-size clefts. Enormous manta rays. The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay would be my conduit to Hawaii's natural wonders, and to the photos that follow. — Jon Whittle
No matter how many times photographer Jon Whittle shoots the Big Island, he comes away amazed. These are the 10 most unforgettable scenes from his most recent trip.
We get thousands of submissions in our ISLANDS Photo Contest, but these weird and wonderful shots made us look more than twice. Enter your best island photo in the 2013 ISLANDS Photo Contest, and check out some of the best photos in the running here: 10 Amazing Reader Photos | Best of the Caribbean...So Far | Best of Hawaii...So Far | Best Beach Photos...So Far