Chinaman's Hat, Honolulu
Chinaman's Hat, also referred to as Mokolii ("little lizard"),is a tiny island off of Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii. It is a 12.5 acre, 206 foot tall basalt island one-third of a mile offshore of Kualoa Point. Geologically, it used to be connected to Oahu before erosion cut it off. It is also known as "Chinaman's Hat" for its likeness to the straw hats Chinese immigrants wore.
The island's eponymous profile is well-known from numerous vantage points on Oahu's windward coast, and its image graces many a calendar and coffee table picture book about Hawaii. But its real attractions are accessible only to those who take the trouble to visit it. By far the best way to get to Chinaman's Hat is by walking across the reef. The island sits a few hundred yards off the Kualoa Point State recreation Area, a popular park reachable by car or public transportation via the Kamehameha Highway, the main road circling Oahu.
Once you get to Chinaman's Hat, you have two basic options: circle around the island to the small beach, or climb the steep volcanic cone for an unmatched panorama of the windward coast and the Koolau mountains that form the spine of Oahu. Families with little children might forgo the climb and head around the island to the beach at the back, but nearly everyone else should make for the summit.
One of Oahu's offshore islands, Chinaman's Hat can be reached by kayak, water raft, or sailboard. Its sandy ocean-facing beach is unsafe for swimming.