These photographs are part of an assignment for the Molokai Visitors Association, documenting the island with landscape photography and environmental portraits. I feel very lucky to have had access to parts of the island that aren’t frequently visited. The shoot took us from the sleepy town of Kaunakakai, to Hawaiian fishponds, farms (produce, macadamia, coffee) and scenic views above Maunaloa. The Molokai landscape is absolutely amazing to photograph, but what I remember most about the island was how wonderful it’s residents are.
In Hoolehua, we spent some time with Buzzy Sproat and his mules at the top of the Kalaupapa Trail. After sending a group of mules and riders down the trail, Buzzy sat down to “talk story” with us. Later that day, we trekked into Halawa Valley to visit Anakala Pilipo at his taro farm. We had to perform an Oli (Hawaiian chant) to ask permission to enter the valley. Chicken skin… Everywhere we went, people were welcoming and gracious.
If you haven’t been to Molokai recently, I’d recommend a visit – If you’re looking for the real Hawaii, this is it.