The Dunes of Mo'omomi

Photos by Dewitt Jones

Beautiful Mo'omomi Beach on Molokai's northwest coast is a Nature Conservancy Preserve.

Waves break along a rocky shoreline at Mo'omomi.

The entrance road to Mo'omomi Preserve passes through a field of native 'aki'aki grass.

Mo'omomi is one of the last remaining examples of an intact sand-dune coastal ecosystem in the main Hawaiian Islands.

Native yellow ilima flowers grow in a field of 'aki'aki grass at Mo'omomi.

Wedge-tailed shearwaters, an indigenous seabird, have recolonized Mo'omomi, burrowing into the sand to create their nests.

A yellow nehe flower rests atop the bluish-green hinahina at Mo'omomi.

The silvery 'ena'ena is one of many rare and endangered plants found at Mo'omomi.

Sandstone, coral and opihi shells in neat formation on the beach.

Mo'omomi contains fossil roots of ancient vegetation that once covered the dunes. 

Mo'omomi's fossil roots take many different forms and shapes.

Mo'omomi's fossil roots can give the preserve an other worldly appearance. 

Strong and constant winds at Mo'omomi have eroded the rocks and sand along the shoreline.

Waves break against the shoreline in the morning light at Mo'omomi.


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