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Molokai’s West End

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Molokai, west side, mauna loa, jason poole, accidental hawaiian crooner

Molokai's West End (Mauna Loa, Molokai, Hawai'i (7.3.11)

Today I realized that most of the photos that I’ve shared from my times on Molokai are of the island’s East End.

East End (and Hālawa Valley, specifically) is lush and green and tropical and damp and heavenly.

Molokai’s West End is dryer and hotter and has lots of red soil and reminds me of the western plains here on the mainland.  (It’s absolutely heavenly, too!)

I’m always amazed that you can drive from one climate zone to another in such a short amount of time.  All on one island.  33 miles long, 10 miles wide.

So, I thought I should show the west side of the side of the island some Aloha and post a photo.  (And a giant ALOHA to the ‘ohana up there!)

I love the West End.  Stunningly beautiful.

And those skies at night…

So big that I lose my balance when I look up.

6 Responses to “Molokai’s West End”

  1. NoHo says:

    Oh Crooner,
    I love the city life so much but crave the balance that you have. Stars. I think I miss seeing stars the most of all. Sigh.
    Living vicariously through your posts will have to do for now.

  2. Jason Poole says:

    Mahalo for that, NoHo! I love the city life, too. Itʻs what comes naturally to me. But being there, surrounded by natureʻs majesty, I quickly see how that is where we came from. Amazing. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be there–and blessed to have the chance to share it with you.

  3. LeAnna says:

    ‘And those skies at night…So big that I lose my balance when I look up.” That’s IT exactly!!!

    The West End reminds me a lot of West Texas.

  4. Nicole Thibadeaux says:

    Stars. Yes. I remember those.

  5. Jason Poole says:

    Thanks, LeAnna! I love that you agree with me. Kind of “knock you right off your feet”, right? I remember the first time I stared at the stars on Molokai–was down at Kaupoa Beach when the ranch was still in operation. I got dizzy from looking up. And I hear you about the West End reminding you of West Texas. Kind of like “paniolo country” right?

  6. Jason Poole says:

    Hi, Nicole! Yes… my fellow urban dweller… we remember… we remember…