Paddle to Mokoli'i

Mokoliʻi Island

Activities

Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Kayaking, Swimming

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Added by

Erik Holmes

Romantic
Scenic

Paddling to this small island off Oahu is a one-of-a-kind experience in Hawaii. You can paddle or swim, or at low tide, even walk out to Mokoliʻi.

Mokoli'i, also known as Chinaman's Hat, is located off the coast of Kualoa Regional Park. You can swim, kayak, or SUP to the island. When it’s low tide, you’re actually able to walk out there, but be mindful of the tides, because the current picks up on higher tides, which makes the route back more difficult. If you choose to hike/swim out there, it takes about 15 minutes. Make sure to wear some sort of water shoe to help you on the rocks. Once you get to the island, there’s a short 10-minute hike that takes you to the top of Mokoli'i. It’s not too strenuous, but the trails are narrow and rocky – just be careful going up and down. At Kualoa Regional Park, there’s plenty of parking. There are also lifeguards on duty who you can chat with if you have any concerns about the trek to Mokoli'i. If you need to rent kayaks, you can rent them from Kailua Sailboards. Once you make it back to shore, head up to Kahuku for either Fumi's Shrimp Truck or an ahi poke bowl at Kahuku Superette.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $67/night

Outsite Haleiwa

Haleiwa, Hawaii

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Great Climbs

Tight climbs but they're not difficult. I love this hike—be sure to pull your kayak/board in so that the tide doesn't pull it away while you climb.

Tian Lee

over 5 years ago

Walk / swim / SUP out to Chinaman's Hat Island

The ahi poke bowl is LEGIT. Grab 2, you're gonna be hungry!

Activities

Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Kayaking, Swimming

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Added by

Erik Holmes

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