Imminent death in paradise

Hawaii is synonymous with palm fringed beaches against a volcanic backdrop. It’s a holiday destination but also a wild place. However, this wild side is under threat.

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, islands of fire sit together surrounded by turquoise blue seas. They are beautiful and at times dramatic but they hide another story, one which is perhaps a microcosm of the future our planet faces in the now near future.

For your average visitor to Hawai’i’s Big Island, active volcanoes and intriguing marine life are a big pull and no holiday would be complete without both. However, look a little closer and it quickly becomes evident that there are problems, big problems on the horizon. 

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By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches photography, mentors and is a competition judge.