Maui and Molokai wildflowers.
Our "Cultural Guide", Greg. His family has lived in the Halawa
River Valley on the eastern tip of Molokai for 8 generations. He showed us plants that were
said to cure cancer, and another that could be used as
shampoo, and Patrick found a strange fungus. On the way to the Halawa River Valley,
there were signs everywhere. At first we thought they were
advertising drugs for sale - we had read about marijuana growers in the thick rain forest.
When we asked, the signs say (in Hawaiian) something like "The family is everything -
Kay, on the north shore of Molokai, overlooking Kaluapapa.
We hiked down to Father Damien's leper colony, descending down a 1600 ft. cliff
that included 26 switchbacks.
- The little town of Kaunakakai
(where we stayed - see the rainbow) was the largest on the island. Here's the local
dining hot spot.