You’ll likely hear this called “Chinaman’s Hat” for its shape, but the tiny, pointy islet 1/3 mile out into Kaneohe Bay is actually called Mokoli‘i or “little lizard” and is a part of Kualoa Park. In Hawaiian lore, a giant lizard was slain by Hi‘iaka, sister of Pele. She lopped off the creature’s tail and tossed it into the ocean, leaving its body on shore. Nesting seabirds and hammerhead sharks are among the exciting wildlife in the area.
- Sharks are known to reside in Kaneohe Bay’s calm area between Kualoa and Mokoli‘i.
- If you do venture to the island, don’t disturb any birds or nests.
- Kualoa Beach Park is a great place for kite-flying.