Mokulua as seen from offshore

Mokulua Islands

Highlights:
  • Kayaking to the islands
  • Exploring the lava formation underwater
  • The diversity of marine life
Description:
Just off the coast of Lanikai Beach are the twin islands of Mokulua (the name meaning "two islands" in Hawaiian). The islands were also known as "Mokes" (twin islands). Both islands are sea bird sanctuaries protected by the State of Hawaii. Some area is off limit and protected by law, particularly the small islet is off-limits to visitors, but during the day, the beach on North Mokulua is open to the public.

North Mokulua, known as Moku Nui, has a peak that is 225 feet high. The island is 1000 feet by 800 feet in diameter with steep cliffs on the north, east and southeast sides.  A beautiful sandy beach can be found on the west side. South Mokulua, known as Mokuiki, only consists of a single hump of 150 feet in height. It is smaller in size than North Mokulua, 875 feet by 700 feet in diameter. On its western side it has a rocky coral beach.

Reaching the island can be undertaken by kayaking from Kailua Beach about 1.6 miles offshore, which would take about 45 minutes to two hours depending on the experience of the kayaker. Persons seeking a bit of adventure often journey out to Mokulua islands for fun and excitement. Paddling to the islands is quite easy when the ocean is calm, but becomes difficult when surf winds are blowing. The waves flow around both islands on their approach and clash together in front of them. On certain days, the current may be quite strong with waves coming from a side angle which can be hard for an inexperienced kayaker to not flip over. Also, often the ocean may seem calm and flat when looked from the shore, but on the way the waves may be suddenly larger.

The area is a great place for snorkeling as there are many underwater lava formation quite interesting to explore. An abundant diversity of marine life can also be seen; turtles, rock crabs, wedge-tailed Shearwaters, and on occasions during the winter, dolphins or humpback whales. There are also special trails in Moku Nui for rock climbers.
 
Type:
Beach
Landmark
Offshore Island
Beach Features:
Bodyboarding
Canoeing
Fishing
Kayaking
Scubadiving
Snorkeling
Surfing
Swimming
Windsurfing
Saliing
Activities
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Location
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States 96734
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