These next few posts are a bit late. I needed a good long rest after what had happened and here I’ll tell the first part~
Just in time I reached Mount Hokulani on the day the biggest “star-shower” took place. The nights before I had already seen a few “stars” raining down but last night it reached the pinnacle of this season.
Travelling up the mountain by foot was out of question sadly. I hope I can come back later when fully healed and go up there on my own. This time I had to take the bus.
On top I had a beautiful view over Ula’ula Island, although there is one even higher mountain to the south, Mount Lanakila. While it was very chilly during the night and we even had a bit of frost in the morning, Mount Lanakila is covered in snow all year round. I doubt I’ll be able to get up there for at least another month, maybe even two to get my stamina back.
But for now I enjoyed the stay at the Hokulani Observatory and learned a lot from the staff here about the stars and Pokémon. Yes, Pokémon too as the “star-shower” I mentioned ain’t actually stars. They are Pokémon!
They’re called Minior. They live actually at the edge of the planet orbiting around, “eating” space dust and growing their outer shell. Maybe this part taken out of one of the info displays at the observatory explains it a bit more clearly:
Minior are incredibly light and float in the stratosphere of our planet. There they absorb particulate matter from which they build their core and shell. Eventually, this shell makes them too heavy and they fall towards the surface of the planet. The shell usually breaks off upon landing, making Minior ascend to the sky again. However, they cannot survive long enough with the core exposed, and will eventually die before reaching the save stratosphere again, making this star shower phenomenon beautiful and sad at the same time.
Places where Minior fall are few, Alola being the most common alongside Voluca Island located in the Lental Region.Info-brochure by bulbagarden
There seem to be trainer who successfully could capture Minior before they ascended into the sky and managed to stabilise their core not to wither away. Maybe I can meet one of these trainers one day!
The “star-shower” itself is beautiful and sad at the same time. A colourful natural phenomenon that happens every year.