Tiny Mokoli’i Island, near Kualoa, is one of O’ahu’s most interesting geographical sites.
But nobody really calls it Mokoli’i. Pretty much everyone just calls it “Chinaman’s Hat.” Yes, it’s a terribly outdated term, but it’s a very old name and in Hawaii it’s said without any animosity and nobody seems to take any offense, so don’t get all San Francisco PC about it and insist on calling it “Asian Person’s Head-Covering” or whatever.
It’s a unique and awesome place, by any name.
Look closely above and you’ll see three attack helicopters from nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
One day, many moons ago when I was young and indestructible, I swam alone around the whole island, just because. I wouldn’t do it today, at least not alone. Currents and sharks, and it gets deep pretty quick on the other side.
Must be an awesome view from up there.
The Mokumanu Islands on the left are just past the tip of the Mokapu Peninsula on the right, where the base is located.
Somebody left some nice white coral on a coconut tree stump.
Behind some bushes in Kualoa Regional Park is a hidden world, a small pond with lots of wildlife.
Two Ae’o, or Hawaiian Stilts, are hanging out. And yes, that looks like a beer can in a paper bag floating on the water. What a shame.
They’re really cute!
And have BIG mouths.
Hunting for something.
Looks like some kind of Molly.
And those are Tilapia.
I swear they look like a couple of ice-skaters!
Just doin’ their thing.
Great day at Kualoa and Mokoli’i.