Mokolii Island

Mokolii Island, Oahu: Address, Mokolii Island Reviews: 4/5

Mokolii Island
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Island off the coast of Oahu, also known as Chinaman's Hat.
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Ken Low Jr
Escondido, CA1 contribution
Rewarding
May 2020 • Family
As a youngster in the fifties (yeah I know) my dad took the ohana out to the hat for a day of pole fishing. The catch was minimal but the fun was unforgettable. Those days it was easy wading at low tide even for a little squirt like me. Times have changed and the best thing is to check with locals on the water conditions and weather. It’s a trip for the time of your life.
Written 11 April 2021
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johnnnita
Napa, California, United States1,735 contributions
YOU MAY KNOW IT AS "CHINAMAN'S HAT"
Sep 2019
I revisited this small island view from Kualoa Regional Park picnic/beach area. The island view is quite well known among locals and those lucky tourists who learn about it on a tour or otherwise. I was fortunate to have someone drive me to such places; a special long time friend. The best way to see sights like this is by taking a drive along Kamehameha Highway (King Kam Hwy). You'll find this location not too far once you cross over from Waikiki on the H1 (Pali) or H3 Highway. Then, get it on the Kam Hwy. It's basically the only main highway that takes you around the island and back to Waikiki (heading north). This is a one of the main stops you should make.
Written 20 December 2019
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Jeanine L
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Swim out, hike, swim back, tired.
May 2018 • Friends
I have been to Mokolii island several times during vacations to Oahu. Visits were from May to October over that past ten years to the present. I like to swim out to the litttel island. Is is possible to wade out during low tide, but at some points the water can still be over your head. The calmest, and safest approach is from the left side of the island. The water is warmer, bluer, and much more shallow. There is a lifeguard station further down the beach nearer to the right side of the Mokolii as you are looking out to the island. The water there is much deeper, darker blue and the currents are stronger. The lifeguards advise not to try to reach Mokolii from that side. I tried it once and they came out to tell me so. I prefer to just swim out as it is faster than wading and I am an experienced, strong swimmer. I recommend wearing water shoes because the island itself is not sandy. Is is rocky as you approach the coastline and the shore has numerous small, sharp pebbles. The climb to the top of the island is not easy but doable for adults. And probably not advisable for small children. The view at the top is spectacular. I have been told that the area is a nursery for tiger sharks after breeding season but have not seen any myself. It's a great activity while on Oahu and a terrific workout. It will take a few hours, at least 3, probably more. If you don't plan to swim out to Mokolii, the nearby beach is beautiful, it's a state park with restrooms and family friendly.
Written 18 August 2018
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Sarah
State College, Pennsylvania18 contributions
Kayaking and hike/rock-climbing
Jun 2018 • Couples
We rented kayaks from Beachtime rentals. Due to commercial restrictions, we could not pick them up from Kualoa Beach park. We parked at the ranch and walked across the street to a smaller beach (see photo attached for start location. We started our 1.6 mile out and back kayak trip around 11am and the high tide was coming in and we thought the swells were kinda big but overall manageable. It took about 50 mins to paddle out (and 20 mins to return based on wind and currents). Once we arrived on the inward side of the island on the very small beach we got our sneakers out of the dry bag for our hike up. The path is very much a loose dirt and there is not much for hand holds. Once you pass the phase 1 of the dirt “slide” you will navigate/crawl though some trees with low clearance. Phase 3 is what I would rock climbing. This section weaned some of the group based on the sheer climb. As long as you go slow you should be able to go up and left to reach the summit. Great 360 view from the top. Coming down was a bit slow and hard to see where to put your feet. Overall would do again!! Total trip time was 3 hours. We then visited Waiahole Poi Factory for lunch.
Written 11 June 2018
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RLD808
Oahu, HI5,698 contributions
Amazing coastal and mountain view point.
Dec 2017 • Friends
Lovely area, but sad to see all the beach erosion Be careful to lock your car and don't leave anything visible in the cabin as there is a high rate of car break-ins in places like this around the island.
Written 6 January 2018
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Jenn_Dickenson
London, Canada305 contributions
Beautiful view, visible from many different angles
Mar 2016 • Couples
An interesting island history. Visible from a lot of different angles- along the highway. Add some great background to photos
Written 7 April 2016
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Kyle C
Munster, IN198 contributions
Kayak to Chinamans Hat!
Mar 2016 • Solo
First things first, you need to be able to kayak to reach this island. Second, its nice. There are tons of tidal pools just teeming with life. You can walk around most of the island. The hill is climbable, but challenging. To do it, you'll want to land on the west side of the island. And go straight up feom there. Just remember, pack out what you pack in!
Written 20 March 2016
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Dawgs11
Macon, GA72 contributions
Long swim but worth it
Apr 2013 • Solo
This is a beautiful island to explore with a private beach on the back side. You either have to swim, use a float, use a kayak or a boat to get to it. Unlike the previous reviewer you can not wade out to this island. I swam this using a float as the water was 15 to 20 feet deep all the way from the main shoreline to the islands shoreline. The water is clear so take a mask with you so you can see the marine life around you. It was well worth the swim and the island was interesting. The view from the island looking at the mountains was spectacular.
Written 27 October 2013
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bwco
Rockaway, NJ1,739 contributions
Beautiful island
Sep 2011 • Couples
We passed by this on our tour of Oahu. What a beautiful island. It is possible to wade out to it, but be careful. The week before we visited, several people drowned when the the tide changed on them.
Written 27 September 2011
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