Traveling north on Kamehameha Hwy. about 11 miles north of Kaneohe, at the northern edge of Kaneohe Bay, is Kualoa Beach Park. This little sliver of golden white sand is usually not crowded. There are awesome ocean and mountain views. There are amenities such as restrooms, barbecue grills, showers, and camping is also available.
Chainman’s Hat, or Mokoli’i Island, is a well-known attraction found just offshore of Kualoa Beach. It takes 15-20 minutes to get to the tiny island by kayak. Bring polarized sunglasses to cut the glare off the water. It’s like snorkeling from your kayak. The island is about a quarter mile offshore, and at low tide you can wade across the submerged reef from Kualoa Beach Park to Chinaman’s Hat. Be aware of ocean conditions at Kualoa Beach to assure you provide yourself a safe way back.
The legend of Mokoli’i Island has it that Pele sent her sister out to Kauai after a handsome prince. On the way, Pele’s sister was confronted by a mo’o, which is like a large dragon-like lizard. Pele’s sister defeated the mo’o, cut of its tale, and threw it into the sea. Mokoli’i means “little dragon”.