This is the tree I grew up with…A monkeypod planted in the early ’70s when my family first moved to Maui Meadows and I was in kindergarten. It now stands at least thirty feet tall, if not more. I love looking up at the sun peaking through its magnificent branches while floating in the pool or waiting for the sunset on the observation deck. Moi Moi can often be found sitting below enjoying the shade it provides.
Taken with the iPhone 3G on Instagram, toaster .
This post was inspired by Plant a Wish, a native tree planting and documentary film project founded on earth day in 2010 by Sara Tekula and Joe Imhoff. They met their goal of bringing together communities to plant native trees in all 5o states and are now creating a documentary about their journey. During the holidays, they also encouraged others to do as they do…decorate a live native tree which can then be planted and nurtured instead of discarded.
The monkeypod, although not a native tree, was first introduced to Hawaii in the late 19th century.