Mokoli’i Island
Mokoli’i Island
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Mokoli’i is one of Oahu’s small offshore islands. It is about half a mile from the mainland and is accessible by water (kayak/canoe or swimming) or at low tide by walking. The hike to the top may be challenging as it is steep and rocky (bring appropriate shoes); from the top there are lovely views.
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN4,967 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I drove up to Kualoa Regional Park hoping to kayak out to Mokoli'i Island and then to hike to the top. However, there were no kayak rentals on the weekday that I went and I'm not sure if they are ever regularly available. It was quite windy, and it would have probably been a mistake to try to kayak to the island which is possibly why no rentals were available that day. Nevertheless, the stop at Kualoa as part of my drive around the island was enjoyable and provided some great photos.
Written 12 January 2024
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LisaMNUSA
Saint Paul, MN982 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We stopped here while driving the north shore. Maybe because we just visited Oregon cost, I wasn't;t impressed by the sight.
Written 20 May 2023
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Andrea L
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We walked to Chinaman's hat at low tide but were about waist high or chest high in the water the entire time so don't picture walking on any dry ground or tide pools or anything like that. Definitely take water shoes to protect from sharp rocks and coral. I would recommend doing the kayak tour instead of walking. My 11 year olds brought boogie boards and we pulled them along when they couldn't touch the bottom. Much faster to walk through the water than swim however. We climbed to the top and I was nervous at the rock-climbing portions - it is a little scary at times.
Written 4 April 2023
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May_EXL
Winnipeg, Canada993 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Mokoli’i island aka Chinaman’s Hat is part of Kualoa Regional Park which is right on Kamehameha Hwy across from Kualoa Ranch on the east side of the island. It’s one of the favourite spots for photography. We’ve seen kayakers going to the island and people climbing up to the top of Chinaman’s Hat. It’s approximately 500 meters from shore with a bit of a current. The lifeguard told us that someone was renting out kayaks by the park’s entrance or you can also bring your own.
Written 22 February 2023
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Barb Z
Barrie, Canada85 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Not much to see, other than what you see in pictures, but we stopped took a photo also, and then carried on.
Written 16 December 2022
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Lynn R
108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
This is an iconic landmark. There is a nice park where you can take pictures. The park is across the road from Kualoa Park.
Written 28 November 2022
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,505 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We paid a short visit here as part of a Round the Island Tour. It’s a cool looking island shaped like a traditional hat worn by Chinese immigrants in the past. We also saw it when visiting Kualoa Ranch.
Written 7 April 2022
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ITRT
Virginia44,690 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The official name of this island is Mokoll’l which means “little lizard”. Chinamen’s Hat is so called because the shape of it looks like the straw hats worn by the Chinese immigrants. This piece of land was once part of Oahu but years of erosion caused it to separate. I read that during low tide, it is possible to walk from the nearby Kualoa Regional Park. If you are a kayaker, you can reach it by kayak.
Written 29 March 2022
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london057
Dublin, OH669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
First of all this very funny look. Second the hot is very cool tool. Third I would bring my mom to it. Lastly, I would take my nephew to it.
Written 28 December 2021
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Vince G
Pottsville, TX157 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Not really sure what the fuss is about here. The only thing interesting about it is, if you are driving the loop clockwise, as you approach the view of the island, it gets smaller the closer you get to it instead of bigger. WHAT??? Yep. Smaller instead of bigger. Anyway, if you are driving by it, great. If not, don’t go out of your way.
Written 6 December 2021
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