Hawaii June 03, 2017
The Hidden Adventure In Hawaii Where You’ll Feel Like You’re At The Edge Of The World
The Hawaiian Islands are comprised of approximately eight inhabitable islands, and more than 130 small, uninhabited, islands, atolls, islets, and seamounts – all stunningly gorgeous in their own way. And while there is no way to visit many of these tiny islands, others are accessible via plane, boat, or even kayak.
Also known as Chinaman’s Hat for its likeness to the Asian conical hat, the small island of Mokoli’i lies off the coast of Kaneohe Bay, and is part of Kualoa Regional Park. This enchanting spot will certainly make you feel as though you’re at the edge of the world.
Even though it’s quite easy to reach, many people only know of Chinaman’s Hat from dry land - while driving down Kamehameha Highway, hiking nearby trails, or hanging out at Kualoa Regional Park.
Mokoli’i lies approximately one-third of a mile offshore, and it can be visited by kayak, boat or surfboard during daylight hours. At low tide, some even choose to walk along the sandbar to reach the small islet, though it is dangerous.
From the kayak landing, it is approximately a 15-20 minute hike to reach the islet’s iconic summit. The trail does require some rock climbing, and though short, the path is no joke - we suggest you ditch your slippers and wear water shoes (or hiking boots) with some grip.
Mokoli’i translates to "little lizard" in Hawaiian, and according to Hawaiian mythology, the island is what remains of a giant lizard whose tail was chopped off and thrown into the Pacific by Hi’iaka, a Hawaiian goddess.
The 12.5-acre islet was once part of a basaltic ridge on Oahu before marine erosion separated it, and is home to two tiny beaches, a few sea caves, some palm trees, and incredible views.
The panoramic vista from the summit of this tiny island will surely take your breath away - you will find 360 degree views of the surrounding coastline as well as the sparkling Pacific Ocean.
Have you ever visited Chinaman’s hat? For another dreamy day trip on Oahu’s windward coast, kayak to
the Mokulua Islands.