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Mokuoloe Island
aka Coconut Island
Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Tiny Mokuoloe Island is more commonly known as "Coconut Island" and it is located in Kaneohe bay on the eastern windward side of the island of Oahu in Hawaii. It is a privately owned island that is currently being used by the University of Hawaii for Oceanography and Marine Biology Research.

Coconut Island
Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr (USGS)

This island is most commonly known as Coconut Island but its real name is Mokuoleo, which is sometimes spelled Moku o Loe. It has a lot of vegetation including two tall pine trees.

Located in the southern part of Kaneohe Bay. It is the remnant of the basalt ridge that forms the Pohakea headland. There is a fringing reef around the islnand that is similar in structure to the patch reefs in other parts of Kaneohe Bay. Originally it was about 12 acres in size but it has been dredged and filled and extended to about 28 acres.

Originally Moku o Loe was owned by Hawaiian Royalty and later it became part of the Bisohp Estate. In 1933 it was purchased by Chris Holmes, an heir to the Fleishman's Yeast fortune. He enlarged the island and built ponds, harbors, and a seawall that surrounded the island. He als planted a large number of coconut palms, giving the island its anme of coconut Island. Chris Holmes who killed himself in New York in 1943 or 1944.

After he died the island was used as an Army rest and recreatoina center until it was purchased by five investsters. Eventually Edwin Pauley became the principal ownerand he gave the University of hawaii some land and a large research grant to establish the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology on the island.

Today the island is owned by Japanese invester Katsuhiro Kawaguchi and the Research Institute hasbecome famous around the world

Mokuoleo Island was seen in the opening credits of the second and third seasons of a television show called Gilligan's Island.

Hawaiian Legend: Three brothers, Kahoe, Kahuauli, and Pahu and their sister Leo were sent from Ewa to live in Kaneohe. Loe lived on Moku o Loe, which means Loe's Island.

Mokuoloe (Coconut Island) and Mokolii (Chinaman's hat) are the only basaltic islands in Kaneohe Bay.

See Also
- More of Oahu's Offshore Islands
- Kaneohe Bay

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