Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Molokai, Hawaii, and the Rolling Boulder Beach

For those who have any of the conventional preconceptions of what Hawaii is, allow Molokai to completely eradicate them. Hoping for a luau, a hula performance, nice tourist resorts, a beach full of thousands of scantily clad bodies? Don't come to Molokai.

This is not your "typical" Hawaii, and in that sense, it is the most Hawaiian of all the islands. Some might say Molokai is backwards, it's decrepit, it's too quiet, it has nothing to do. I'll take all of those as true, if you accept this: Molokai is beautiful. The setting, the culture, the pace of life, all of it. It's a rustic paradise of sorts - The coastline is rugged and deserted, the interior is part agricultural, part mountainous. There are no stoplights, and only two gas stations. There is no rush hour, and very little manmade noise overall. Compared to the other Hawaiian Islands, there is little tourism, and that's just how they like it.

And from the standpoint of a nature sound recordist and photographer, it's perfection. I could write more, and you could read more, but maybe you'd rather see and hear.

Look at the Molokai album on the Moodstreams Facebook page. Prints of these photographs are available on my photography site.

A new nature sound is available at, called Molokai Rolling Boulder Beach. A sample of it is available on the product page. Here is the description:

An island preserved in time, the rural and peaceful Molokai is not the "typical" Hawaii, and this is not your typical beach sound recording. This particular stretch of boulder beach is made of rocks that are just the right size, such that when a large wave hits the shore, the rocks can be heard clicking against each other as they roll back into the ocean. A backdrop of white noise punctuated by crashing waves makes this recording great for relaxation, meditation, or sleep.