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The Best Way to Get to Mokolii (known to locals as 'Chinaman's Hat')

September 3rd, 2019 Outdoor Activities
The Best Way to Get to Mokolii (known to locals as 'Chinaman's Hat')

The uninhabited Mokolii islet is like something from prehistoric times. The pointed formation reaches out of Kaneohe Bay off the coast of Oahu, looking like a nesting place for a pterodactyl. Coincidentally, it’s located right near the Kualoa nature reserve, which was a filming location for Jurassic Park.

 If you’re thinking of setting your feet on the alluring islet, here’s what you need to know.

Getting There


Mokolii is located one-third of a mile from Kualoa Point. To get there, you’ll want to rent a kayak. While you may have heard that swimming is an option, we’d recommend against it, as you’ll have hammerhead sharks and shifting tides to contend with.

A kayak trip will take about 20 minutes. You can book a kayak tour with the folks at Kualoa Ranch, or rent a kayak as part of the Secret Island Beach package, which allows you to explore at your leisure.

Kualoa Ranch offers private buses from Waikiki for $15 roundtrip with booking rates. Read more.

Hiking & Swimming

With 12.5 acres to explore, the little island offers footpaths for hiking and tide pools for swimming. You can also pack a lunch to enjoy a picnic with stunning views of Hawaii’s windward coastline. 

What to Bring

To ensure comfort, plan your daypack ahead of time. Useful items include:

-Water shoes that are versatile for hiking and swimming
-Bathing suit

Book your stay in Waikiki while exploring the island of Oahu

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is your best pick in Waikiki, conveniently located on Kalakaua Avenue, right across the street from Kuhio Beach. Plan your trip today and be part of the Coconut Club, which gets you rooftop access with amazing views and other perks you won’t find anywhere else. Read more.

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