Chinaman's Hat (Mokolii) is a popular spot for taking pictures on Oahu’s windward coast. The small island is located at the north end of Kaneohe Bay and is part of the 157-acre Kualoa Regional Park. Kualoa used to be a training ground for Oahu’s high chiefs, and Kualii, the first king of Oahu, lived there.
Mokolii means “little lizard” in Hawaiian. It’s called Chinaman’s Hat because of its cone shape which resembles the peasant’s hat worn in rural China. All you will find on the island are a few palm trees, two small beaches and two sea caves.
During low tide, it is possible to walk right over; the distance to Mokolii from Kualoa Park is about 1,477 feet. It can take up to 45 minutes to make it over there due to the sometimes strong current and waves. You will most likely counter hammerhead sharks on your way over as this is a hammerhead shark breeding ground. Most people who go there come with a kayak, surfboard or small boat.