Time: Half day (4-6 hours)
Directions: Take Kamehameha Hwy south to Kualoa Regional Park, head toward the island from the bunker at the end of the beach. You can swim, snorkel, kayak, paddleboard, or walk across the reef.
To go up to the top of the island, follow the trail, staying to the left when it branches.
Jutting out above the waves on the north rim of Kaneohe Bay rises the island called Mokoli’i, or more commonly, Chinaman’s Hat. According to Hawaiian legend, Mokoli’i, or “little lizard”, refers to the island as the tail of a giant lizard that gave battle to and was killed by Pele’s sister Hi’iakaikapoliopele. In recent ages the little island has been renamed “Chinaman’s Hat” as the influx of Chinese immigrants came to work on the plantations because of it’s resemblance to the traditional bamboo hats they wore in the fields. To college students here in Hawaii, it is a place that adventure-seekers go to feel the adrenaline pump through their veins and to feel the danger of nature untamed.