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Fine Art Images of Hawaii by Thomas Upton

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Photo Greeting Card Shop Opened - 6/20/24

  • Fine-art photo greeting cards now available in sets of 5

  • Printed by top artisan printer ( with a different photo from this website on each card

  • All card sets ship free!

Photo Merchandise Available From Fine Art America 5/23/24

  • The Social Links in the footer at the bottom of each page now contains a link to my portfolio at Fine Art America (FAA)

  • FAA is the world's largest art marketplace and print-on-demand technology company. 

  • A wide variety of photo merchandise items with select Big Island Images photos printed on them are now available through my portfolio at FAA

Website Policies and Cookie Banner now implemented - 4/8/24

  • To comply with current privacy regulations and for your protection, we have implemented and published policies that govern operation of this website. 

  • You may read all of them here.

New Photos Added and Website Operations Streamlined - 4/2/24

  • Many recent (2024) Island photos added to the Hawaii galleries.

  • Gallery and Blog operation has been improved to be more responsive. Bugs fixed!

New and Completely Revamped Fine Art Shop - 3/20/24

  • Purchase of prints in many different presentation formats are now possible online. All prints are professionally printed by, a top commercial photo printing facility, and shipped directly to you.

  • Selection of print options has been simplified and is easily completed with a few clicks

  • Prices are all set to be only cost of production plus an artist's commission of 25%. Shipping cost is set by Bayphoto without markup. Sales tax is collected where applicable

New Blog Post: Kaulana Manu Nature Trail - 7/15/23

  • A beautiful short hike through an old kipuka on the Saddle Road

  • Known as a bird sanctuary and for it's diverse plant life, it is well marked with many informational signs

  • Recently modernized to include parking and restrooms for visitors

New Blog Post: Hiking Makai side of Kawaihae-Mahukona Road - 7/15/23

  • A number of old 4WD trails run down the hillside to a coastal trail near the ocean

  • A short hike to a seaside kiawe grove provides access to rocky coves and isolated small beaches

Revamped Hawaii Collection Search Feature - 7/14/23

  • Peruse all 160+ photos or select a subset by location and subject in the Hawaii Image Collection

  • Explore a large area of the Big Island or pick a favorite spot

New Blog Post: Hiking to the Kohala Summit 7/7/23

  • We hiked up the Koai'a Corridor and into the Kohala rainforest to reach the volcano summit

  • The corridor trail climbs open pasture and provides great views of surrounding volcanoes and coastline

  • The rainforest is dense and "jungle-like" with a trail that is challenging to follow

New Showcase Galleries Created - 7/1/23

  • Several small galleries are here covering specific locations, other islands, or subjects in more detail than in the main galleries

New Landing Page - 6/27/23

  • Created new landing page for, currently showing a time lapse video of HIbuscus blossoms blooming

  • Different videos and photos will greet the user on this landing page over time

Re-Imagined Image Galleries -6/25/23

  • Replaced previous 14 gallery collection with a single user-configurable gallery that presents all Big Island Images photos

  • Use "pickers" to decide which photos you want to see based on area or location and subject

  • View as many, or as few, photos as you want based on your choices

New Blog Post: A Short Hike up the Iconic Huluhulu Pu'u on the Saddle Road - 5/29/23

  • This pu'u sits across the highway from the Mauna Kea access road. It requires a brief hike over a good trail that is steep in a few spots. There are multiple well-maintained trails

  • There are great views of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea from various points along the hike

  • There are great views of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea from various points along the hike.

Etsy Shop for Prints, Cards, Calendars - 10/20/22

  • Purchase high-quality folding photo greeting cards displaying images from this Hawaii portfolio on the cover

  • Cards available in sets of different photo subjects

  • Print and calendar sales coming soon

New International Photo Gallery - 9/28/22

  • Gallery of international photos taken by Thomas Upton

  • See a selection of images from the author's portfolio, many of which have been recognized and/or published on highly curated photography websites

New Blog Post: Mana Road - 6/22/22

  • Mana Road starts in Waimea and winds clockwise for 40+ miles around Mauna Kea

  • One of the most remote, and beautiful routes. Truly a "place to get away for awhile"

Expanded Print Purchase Options - 6/1/22

  • Big Island Images now offers custom Fine Art prints in many formats, as well as more economical prints and photo merchandise

  • New photo greeting cards and calendars are now available!

New Blog Post: Kalopa State Park - 6/1/22

  • Read about a Big Island hidden gem: the forested preserve near Honoka'a called Kalopa State Park

  • Great hiking and photo opportunities in a serene and lightly traveled location. I call it "the Big Island's Muir Woods"

New Blog Post: Guide to Fine Art Media - 2/15/22

  • Some things to consider when contemplating purchase of a Fine Art print

  • Media types, presentation format, and basic costs

Aerial Photos Added - 1/25/22

New Blog Post: Top 15 Photo Spots - 12/16/21

  • My list of the Top 15 places on the Island to head for great photo opportunities

  • An illustrated guide to must-visit locations if you want to see the most beautiful and richly photogenic places

New Blog Post: Koai'a Sanctuary - 10/27/21

  • Read about the Koai'a Tree Sanctuary on the Kohala Mountain Road

  • A little known oasis amid the Kohala ranch lands and a preserve for the rare and highly prized Koai'a Trees

New Panorama Gallery! - 10/23/21

  • The new Panorama gallery is live. The Big Island is filled with grand vistas that lend themselves to wide-open photos

  • Check here regularly as this gallery grows!

New Blog Post: Onomea Trail - 9/10/21

  • New blog post about the Onomea Trail, near Hilo. A great short hike with gorgeous views

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