the legend of Mokoli’i Island

Mokoli’i Island, better known as Chinaman’s Hat because of the island’s shape, is a famous landmark located off the windward side of Oahu.

There is a Hawaiian legend telling how this island came to be. Madame Pele’s sister, Hi’iaka, the goddess of lightening, defended herself by slaying a giant mo’o or lizard. She cut off the tail and threw it into the ocean. Legend has it that this giant tail of the lizard became Mokoli’i Island.

Pictures taken at Kualoa Beach Park on a windy overcast day:



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