Mokolii Island (Chinaman's Hat)
This island off the coast at Kualoa Beach Park is also known as Chinaman's Hat because of its shape. It sits about 600 yards offshore and it is about 12.5 acres in size. The catamaran sail offered by the Kualoa Ranch has beautiful views of Mokolii Island. (is it true this island can be reached on foot when the tide is low? You can also rent Kayaks at the Heeia Pier. It has a lovely little cove with a tiny sandy beach that is privately located on the opposite side from shore. There are three small palm trees.
Cone shaped but it is not a separate volcanic cone. It is part of the old Koolau volcano that was separated form the main mass by erosion and left standing as a tiny island or sea stack. It is approximately 37 acres in size and about 213 feet tall at its highest point.
Hawaiian legend tells a different story about the formation of Mokolii Island. Pele's younger sister Hiiaka encountered moo dragon Mokolii when she was traveling on the windward coast of Oahu. She fought and killed the dragon. Its body supposedly formed part of the roadbed in Hakipuu and pone of the flukes on the dragon's tail is suppose to have formed Mokolii Island.
Mokuoloe (Coconut Island) and Mokolii (Chinaman's hat) are the only basaltic islands in Kaneohe Bay.