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SLIDESHOW: HAWAII Magazine's 12th Annual Photo Contest best photos


Like the photo above?

So did we. A lot.

And that’s why it’s the grand prize-winning entry in HAWAII Magazine’s 12th Annual Photo Contest.

Last May we asked HAWAII readers to send us their best photos of the Islands in four categories: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. Nearly 3,000 entries flooded our offices.

After three days of scrutinizing, studying, pondering and debating — all while locked in a conference room — the HAWAII Magazine staff agreed on two winners for each island and the grand prize-winning photo you see above of Manana Island on Oahu’s Windward Coast.

Let us tell you, it was no easy task selecting a grand-prize winner.

But Kailua resident Mary Paik’s shot of the the Kaupo Beach shoreline near Makapuu Point, and Manana Island—also known as Rabbit Island—basking in the purple and orange hues of sunrise, was a standout.

“The word, manana, in Hawaiian means ‘buoyant,’” Paik wrote. “The morning light illuminated Manana Island, creating a ‘buoyant morning’ experience, full of light sparkle and reflection, lifting my soul.”

And earning her quite the prize package.

Paik wins airfare for two to Kauai from Hawaiian Airlines, a six-night stay at the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation in Poipu and an assortment of 100 percent Kona coffee from Hula Daddy valued at $250.

And the other winners, whose photos you’ll see in a slideshow on the next page?

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