Manana Island, better known as Rabbit Island
Manana Island is a small islet located off the eastern windward shore of Oahu, between Makapu’u Point and Waimanalo. FYI – In the Hawaiian language, manana means buoyant.
Manana Island is tuff cone and has two craters. The small island is about 63 acres in size. The highest point on the islet rises to 361 feet.
It is known as Rabbit Island, because its shape as seen from Oahu looks something like a rabbit’s head and because it was once inhabited by rabbits which were introduced to the island in the 1880s. The rabbits were eradicated about a hundred years later because they were destroying the native ecosystem, an important seabird breeding area which is a State Seabird Sanctuary. It is home to over 120 thousand different types of seabirds and numerous Hawaiian Monk Seals.
It is illegal to land on the islet without permission from the Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources.