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  • The Story of Chinaman
    The Story of Chinaman
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    Chinaman's Hat

    by csordila Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Mokolii Island is located off the Windward Coast of Oahu. The island is commonly referred to as "Chinaman's Hat" due to its resemblance to the hats worn by immigrant Chinese farm workers.
    The Story of Chinaman's Hat a children's book written by Dean Howell is an original legend about the origin of the islet. However, hawaiian legend tells a different story about the formation of Mokolii.

    It is one of the most popular areas for taking pictures and is also favorite place for weddings.
    It has a cove with a private sandy beach located on the opposite side from shore. There are three small palm trees.
    Getting to the island is up to you: swimming, snorkeling, boating, etc. but at low tide you can walk out across a reef. If you decide to do so, wear old sneakers to protect your feet from the sharp coral.

    Mokolii is the only basaltic island in Kaneohe Bay.
    Directions: Off the Kamehameha Highway offshore from the Kualoa Point, about 45 minutes drive from Honolulu.

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    WINDSURFERS & KITESURFERS DELIGHT

    by travelgourmet Updated Jun 9, 2009

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    KITE HIGH

    Oahu is not just board surfing, sunset sails, luau's, and high rise Waikiki. No, just head over the Pali Pass from Honolulu to Kailua/Kaneohe. No secret , the white powder sand will amaze you, but the waters are for windsurfers and kitesurfers, The windward side of the Island makes it the paradise all windsurfers and kitesurfers are looking for, and the best part about it, is that it's a big ocean.

    Rentals are available in Kailua and the beaches have grassy areas to picnic in to avoid the blast from the sand that can kick up. It is the windy side, remember. Up the beach from Kailua, toward Kaneohe, the sand mellows out to a less blasting feel and the beaches are not that touristy. Lay back and relax.. the little ones, keiki's, if you have children, will enjoy the beach. aloha.

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    FORT DERUSSY BEACH PARK

    by Onedragon Updated Apr 4, 2007

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    BETWEEN THE HALE KOA HOTEL AND THE ARMY MUSEUM IN WAIKIKI IS THE FORT DERUSSY PARK ..A REALLY NICE PLACE TO VISIT AND RELAX AND ENJOY THE SUN Visit Fort DeRussy Beach where in addition to picnic tables, volleyball courts and excellent surf, you'll find Battery Randolph Museum on the military grounds.

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    Watch Waves Crash on Rugged Beautiful Coastline !!

    by jdw7319 Written Feb 14, 2007

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    We were staying on the West Coast of Oahu at the JW Marriott at Ko Olina and decided to see how far we could go up the road along the coast. As we traveled North we knew the road would dead end at some point, but we had nothing else to do and were in an adventuresome spirit. We were shocked at how many homeless people had set up tents and such on the beaches along this drive. It makes perfect sense though, if you happen to be homeless, I don't know if there is a more beautiful or temperate place on earth to spend your time. Hawaii is very sensitive to this issue and hopefully good things happen for all involved. Anyway, we continued for about 15 miles and it became way more desolate, but still enough tourists so you at no time felt like a loner or anything like that. It was very comfortable. The surf was up when we there so the pics are probably more dramatic than usual but you will get the idea. We definitely enjoyed visiting whatever it was called.

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    SAND ISLAND BEACH PARK

    by Onedragon Updated Jan 5, 2007

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    THE CHURCH I GO TO HAD AN EASTER SERVICE AT THIS REALLY AWAY FROM THE ORDINARY BEACHES ON OAHU.
    HERE ARE SOME PICTURES THAT INCLUDE HULA DANCERS AND OTHERS DOING CHURCH
    Located at the entrance to Honolulu Harbor, Sand Island was extensively used by the military during WWII for coastal defense. Today, bunkers and lookout towers stand deserted and appear totally out of place among acres of grassy park land. Long white beaches extend around the tip of the island and are never crowded. Park benches and giant trees provide shady areas to watch the sunset or the ships sail in and out of the busy harbor.. TAKE SAND ISLAND ACCESS ROAD FROM NIMITZ HIGHWAY

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    See the real Oahu away from all the tourists

    by lkdahl Updated Nov 30, 2004

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    Misty mountain top, along the North Shore

    Rent a car for a day or 2 and take a trip up to the North Shore of Oahu. See the pineapple and sugar cane fields. Find a beautiful, secluded beach where you can count the people on one hand. Or go to the legendary Sunset beach and witness the Bonzai Pipeline, the most famous and dangerous surfing location in the world. See Waimaia Bay, where in the summer the bay the water is like a sheet of glass, but come the winter months the waves can be 50 feet high.

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    Pretty beaches at nite... take...

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Pretty beaches at nite... take a sunset drive! Just about sunset is the best time to drive around. If it is clear skies, even at night, it is nice to be at the beaches. Sandy's is nice... Makaha is nice... Lanikai is nice... And if you like to camp, Malekahana near Laie is nice too at night!!!

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    Lanikai Beach

    by derats Written Jun 1, 2003

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    'Lanikai Beach'

    One of Hawaii's best spots for swimming, gold-sand Lanikai's crystal-clear lagoon is like a giant saltwater swimming pool that you're lucky enough to be able to share with the resident tropical fish and sea turtles. Too gorgeous to be real, this is one of Hawaii's postcard-perfect beaches: It's a mile long and thin in places, but the sand's as soft as talcum powder. Prevailing onshore trade winds make this an excellent place for sailing and windsurfing. Kayakers often paddle out to the two tiny offshore Mokulua islands, which are seabird sanctuaries. Because Lanikai is in a residential neighborhood, it's less crowded than other Oahu beaches; it's the perfect place to enjoy a quiet day. Sun worshipers should arrive in the morning, though, as the Koolau Range blocks the afternoon rays.

    There are no facilities here, just off-street parking. From Waikiki, take the H-1 to the Pali Highway (Hwy. 61) through the Nuuanu Pali Tunnel to Kailua, where the Pali Highway becomes Kailua Road as it proceeds through town. At Kalaheo Avenue, turn right and follow the coast about 2 miles to Kailua Beach Park; just past it, turn left at the T intersection and drive uphill on Aalapapa Drive, a one-way street that loops back as Mokulua Drive. Park on Mokulua Drive and walk down any of the eight public-access lanes to the shore. Or, take TheBus no. 56 or 57 (Kailua), then transfer to the shuttle.

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  • Beautiful and rugged coastline...

    by Hawaii-5-0 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Beautiful and rugged coastline along the eatern part of Oahu.Many people miss this picture postcard view because they only travelas east to Haunama Bay.This famous coastline is often seen in many movies and tv shows:Magnun P.I., Hawaii Five-0,Baywatch Hawaii,
    Pearl Harbor with Ben Afleck,and Here to Eternity.

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  • Most people stay in the heart...

    by KristinaLMF Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Most people stay in the heart of Waikiki because that is where all the action is, but there are lots of famous beaches around the island that host huge surf tournatments in the winter. If you rent a car and plan to drive around the island (only 90 miles around the island) then you must visit the North Shore, Pipeline and Sandy Beach. Even if you are not a surfer these are great places to experience the local life.

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    This is the beach that was...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This is the beach that was one of my personal favourites, pristine beauty with this shallowed stretch that brought sea water inland to form a continuing stream, often with little fish swimming in it, truth is they were trapped but would get out during high tide. For that reason, when you came back the following day, a whole new change in fish. Like a natural aquarium. Fortunately for me, a good friend of the family lived about a block away from this very spot.

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    Over on the Windward side of...

    by pjallittle Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Over on the Windward side of the Island there are no end of pretty beaches, this one is alway on the top or near the top of th World's Most Beautiful Beaches. Not too much tourist traffic here. This is LANIKAI BEACH.

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    One of the local favourites...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    One of the local favourites which serves families well, this very large beach and park has hardly changed in appearance over the last 50 or more years. It is one of Oahu's largest community parks, hosting hundreds of families who come to picnic, play softball on any of several diamonds, for casual swimming and somehow has not been inundated with tourists. It is a fair distance from Waikiki proper, too far to walk, besides, they're across the street at the Ala Moana Shopping Center.

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    Makapuu Beach is the favorite...

    by pjallittle Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Makapuu Beach is the favorite for Island boys who enjoy a real challenge but don't have the time to get out to the North Shore. It is the premier location for heavy duty body surfing. Get too high on a wave and fail to bail and you are slammed forcefully on the sand, concussion time. Happens to the best of bodysurfers. It ;s like falling off of a three story building. Ruptured an eardrum here a long time ago.

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    Everyone knows this one,...

    by pjallittle Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Everyone knows this one, Waikiki retains its consistent shape because of natural reefs which are visible from high up in the air. These keep the sand from being carrried out to sea and otherwise disrupting the general lay of the land.

    Occasionally, there will be men out on the reefs with flashlights. They are squid hunting. The squid like to frequent the reefs and are vulnerable a low tide. Coral of the type common to Hawaii is actually quite dangerous if you should step on a shard and have it embed in your foot.

    Because coral is a living organism, if it does get down into your deeper flesh, a war ensues within and the effects can lead to blood poisoning until the foreign object is removed. Even ordinary superficial cuts will sometimes take a longer time to heal than had you sustained a similar injury .

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