Mokoli'i, also known as Chinaman's Hat is a basalt volcanic rock islet at the very northernmost tip of Kane'ohe Bay. Located just offshore of Kualoa Beach Park, this tiny island was once connected to Oahu before erosion separated it. The name Mokoli'i in Hawaiian means "little lizard." In Hawaiian mythology, Hi'iaka, the Hawaiian goddess of Hula and one of Pele's many siblings, was traveling through the Kualoa ahupua'a when a "mo'o" or giant lizard creature came after her. Hi'iaka fought and killed the mo'o, cut off its tail, and threw its tail into the sea. The discarded tail of the slain mo'o became Mokoli'i.
Mokoli'i is one of five offshore islets visible in Kane'ohe Bay. You can see it from where we are located at He'eia State Park. However, it is five miles from our location, making it too far to try to kayak to from our launch point. In order to kayak there, you would need to transport your kayaks and equipment on your car to Kualoa Beach Park in order to launch from there. This is definitely possible, however we do not provide roof rack equipment, straps, rope, or tie downs of any kind. You would need to have the necessary equipment and the means to transport the kayak there. We also do not allow kayaks to be transported off site whenever any type of marine advisory, wind advisory, surf advisory, or small craft advisory is in effect. When planning to kayak to Mokoli'i, or anywhere for that matter, make sure you are aware of current wind, swell, current, and tide conditions and forecasts. There are no lifeguards on duty. At very low tides it is still possible to walk to Chinaman's Hat from Kualoa Beach, but this can be dangerous and is not advisable if you are not familiar with the local tides and currents. As always, know before you go, and if in doubt, don't go out!