Kaneohe Bay is located on the windward coast of the island of Oahu. The bay is approximately 8 miles long and 2.7 mi broad. The mouth of Kaneohe Bay has an opening of about 4.6 miles wide. It is the largest sheltered body of water throughout the main Hawaiian Island chain. The clear and calm waters, and shallow reef-dominated embayment constitutes significant scenic and recreational features along the windward coast of the Island of Oahu. There are fived named islands or islets within Kaneohe Bay.
Kapapa Island is a 3 acre low island about two miles off He’eia Pier. Kapapa is designated a National Historic Place. It is an historic spot with a fishing shrine and a heiau. The island is open to the public.
Kekepa Island – Turtle Rock
Kekepa Island, known as Turtle Rock or Turtleback Rock is located off the coast of Kaneohe near the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station. It is about 2 acres in size and it has an elevation of about 20 feet. The islet got it’s nickname because of it’s appearance resembling a turtle.
Mokoli’i Island – Chinaman’s Hat
Mokoli’i Island, commonly known as Chinaman’s Hat amongst Locals, is a 12.5-acre basalt islet peaking at 206 feet. Mokoli’i sits 1/3 of a mile offshore of Kualoa Point, located in the far northwest corner of Kaneohe Bay. Mokoli’i is part of the Kualoa Regional Park.
In the Olelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language) Mokoli’i translates to “little lizard.” According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is the remains of a giant lizard’s or dragon’s tail that was chopped off and tossed into the ocean by the goddess Hi’iaka. The common name of Chinaman’s Hat derives from its likeness to the Asian conical hat.
Moku O Lo’e – Coconut Island – Gilligan’s Island
Moku O Lo’e, commonly known as Coconut Island is a 28-acre island in southeastern corner of Kaneohe Bay. Over the years the island has seen a handful of private ownership. It is currently 100% owned by the State of Hawaii. Facilities on the island are used by the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, part of the University of Hawai’i.
Moku o Lo’e; Coconut Island was used as the backdrop for the opening sequence of the television program Gilligan’s Island. You know the story, The two-man crew of the SS Minnow with it’s five passengers who set sail on a “three-hour tour” from Honolulu. They ran into a tropical storm being shipwrecked on an uncharted island somewhere in the Pacific.
Ahu O Laka – Kaneohe Bay Sand Bar
Ahu O Laka; more commonly known as the Kaneohe Sandbar is one of its kind in all of Hawaii. Located in the middle of Kaneohe bay, the sandbar is a raised strip of land about the size of a football field featuring clear white sands. At high tide, the water is just above the waist and at low tide the sand is completely exposed.
The Kaneohe Sandbar is a popular hangout for both Locals and tourist alike; basking in the sun with clear waters and soft white sands. Looking back at Oahu, the beautiful views of the Ko’olau Mountain Range are breath taking.