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Place of solace

Molokai's Moomomi Preserve recalls ancient Hawaii

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 15, 2013

~~<p>As legend goes, a submerged cave along Molokai's northwest coast was the source of a stony sponge valued for its medicinal properties. Only the bravest of souls attempted to gather the sponge because a fearsome moo (lizard) with iridescent eyes guarded the cave's entrance. Hence the name of the area &mdash; Moo&shy;momi, meaning &quot;pearl-eyed lizard.&quot;</p>
<p>At first glance the 921 hot, dry, salt-sprayed acres that make up Moo&shy;momi Preserve look like the stark kind of place where such a creature would exist. Sand dunes stretch about 2.5 miles long and a half-mile wide. Constantly shaped and reshaped by strong northeast trades, they are partly blanketed by low-growing shrubs and grasses that have survived in this challenging environment for centuries.</p>
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As legend goes, a submerged cave along Molokai's northwest coast was the source of a stony sponge valued for its medicinal properties. Only the bravest of souls attempted to gather the sponge because a fearsome moo (lizard) with iridescent eyes guarded the cave's entrance. Hence the name of the area — Moo­momi, meaning "pearl-eyed lizard."

At first glance the 921 hot, dry, salt-sprayed acres that make up Moo­momi Preserve look like the stark kind of place where such a creature would exist. Sand dunes stretch about 2.5 miles long and a half-mile wide. Constantly shaped and reshaped by strong northeast trades, they are partly blanketed by low-growing shrubs and grasses that have survived in this challenging environment for centuries. Login for more...



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