1st Place Photo Contest winners

Westways Magazine, the magazine for Auto Club Members.

(See pages 42-43 in the October 2019 issue.)

  • 2019 Westways Magazine Winner - October issue

    We were so happy and surprised our photo won 1st place. I saw Pele's Well online before left for Hawaii in May of 2018, I knew I wanted to capture this well. We scouted out the area around noon and went back right before sunset. When we got the place seemed magical and beautiful. We had a wonderful time in Hawaii, despite the break out of COVID in 2020.

As Dennis and I planned a trip to Hawaii for our 30th anniversary, we came across a photo of this place and knew we wanted to capture it. Pele's Well is a lava tube where waves force water to rise and drain through a natural well. It’s amazing and fun to watch! We scouted the area earlier that day, it's just south of Elison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole, and came back just before sunset. We were ankle deep in the surrounding water, we had to work on timing a bit so we could capture the waves as they would drain. We were excited to see the images appear on the back of our camera. We framed this photo and now hangs in our living room. This made our anniversary extra special.


Round-trip coach air travel for two to Hawai‘i Island on Alaska Airlines; four (4) nights’ stay for two in a Makai Ocean room at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawai‘i Island; One (1) Hawai‘i Island Waterfall Heli-Trek tour for two from Paradise Helicopters; One (1) full-day photo tour for two from Hawaii Photo Retreat; Two (2) tickets for a Volcano Unveiled tour from Hawaii Forest & Trail; a five-day car rental on Hawai‘i Island from Hertz; one (1) courtesy week pass from The Parking Spot; a dinner for two at Merriman’s Waimea; and a $100 worth of gas cards from Aloha Petroleum. Estimated retail value: $9,118.

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