Islands are like snowflakes—each one is different. Yet, there are some basic commonalities: They are surrounded by water and can be home to people, plants and animals that are found only there. Island dwellers have to adapt to survive–they understand that resources are precious and should not be wasted. And in some cases, these communities have been able to keep their unique cultures and traditions untouched by outside influence, passing them down from one generation to the next.
In May, the Your Shot team traveled to the Big Island of Hawai’i for National Geographic. We spent several days at Volcanoes National Park for the BioBlitz, a 24-hour inventory of the park's biodiversity and celebration of the Hawaiian culture. We left those islands inspired by the people we met and the traditions we learned, and awed by the natural beauty. We left wanting more. Mahalo Your Shot—that’s what you gave us with this assignment.