Monkey Pods

One of the iconic trees in the Hawaii landscape, is the monkey pod tree. The branches stretch forever (so it seems).

But remember how I’ve been saying that I’m only seeing alien birds? Well, some people are saying that monkey pod trees are alien (or invasive) plants and even though they’ve been there years and years and years … some are making an effort to get rid of them. Honolulu itself is saying “no more invasive plants.” However, no one is cutting them down, just not replacing ones that die. Other people see them vital to Hawaii’s scenery and don’t want them touched.

I have no idea. I am just the messenger of something I’ve read in several places.

For now, they’re happily growing on the Hawaiian Islands

Here is one we saw. Even before I knew anything about the monkey pod tree, this tree(s) caught my attention and I took its picture.

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The night we went over to the resort area, we ate a very cool restaurant called the Monkey Pod Kitchen. We ate on the patio as spotted doves danced around our feet and looked for handouts.

And we ate watermelon pizza. Truly. The pizza was good! I’d get it again!

Try it!

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