Mokoli’i, commonly known as Chinaman’s hat, means ‘little lizard’. According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is the remains of a giant lizard’s or dragon’s tail that was chopped off and tossed into the ocean by a goddess. Today, Chinaman’s hat is part of the 157 acre Kualoa Regional Park. Besides being home to very important Oahu wildlife, this little island has also been the set and backdrop for many blockbuster movies like Jumanji and Pirates of the Caribbean. Our Ohana Circle island tour visitors will also enjoy posing with the island at a distance, lining up underneath it in order to make it look like an actual hat! Boasting movie scenes from Jurassic Park, Kualoa Ranch can also be seen in the backdrop.
Ohana Circle Island tour visits a family owned farm that began its roadside operation in 1987. With Kamehameha highway in the front and the Pacific Ocean at its back, this farm boasts natural beauty in abundance. Roosters and chickens can be observed roaming the property and pecking on macadamia nuts and their shells. The farm reserves an area where guests can put their skills to work and and crack open their own nuts by placing them on a tree stump and striking them with a rock. A decently sized gift shop can also be found nearby, for those who prefer their macadamias pre-cracked. Many flavors are available – from simply salted to fun flavors like caramel and cinnamon. Guests are also able to enjoy delicious Kona coffee and purchase locally crafted arts and a variety of gifts.
Also known as Amelia Earhart lookout, this is the first stop of Ohana Circle Island tour. Amelia Earhart lookout is the highest point reachable on Diamond Head crater with no need of a hike. This beautiful lookout near Diamond Head State Monument overlooks the clear blue water where Amelia Earhart gained reputation as the first person to solo flight from Hawaii to north America. Directly below, surfers can be seen hitting small to medium waves at one of the most legendary surf locations on Oahu. When peering the other way around, the crater can be seen from below. Considered a defining element of Oahu’s skyline, Diamond Head is estimated to be about 400.000 to 500.000 years old.