Coconut Island, or Moku Ola is a small island in Hilo Bay, just offshore from Lili’uokalani Park and Gardens, in Hilo, off the island of Hawaii. It is a small park, and is connected to the main island via a footbridge. The island includes a large grassy field, picnic areas, restroom facilities, and a few tiny sandy beaches. The name Mokuola translates as “healing island” or “island of life” from the Hawaiian language. Moku meaning island and ola meaning life. It was the site of an ancient temple dedicated to healing. It is located off Banyan Drive.
Legend tells that anyone who was sick or feeling ill would be healed by swimming around Moku Ola three times. In ancient times, Moku Ola was a pu’uhonua (place of refuge), where natives or warriors could ‘redeem’ themselves. Many native Hawaiians would also bury their children’s piko (umbilical cords) under the flat rocks here, so the rats would not find them (piko are often considered sacred to Hawaiians, as they are the connection to their mothers and to their blood lines)
Ancient Hawaiian legend tells us that the demi-god, Maui, had a magic fishhook and a canoe that could take him to a neighbor island with two sweeps of his paddle. Maui felt sorry for Hawaiians who didnt have a magic canoe like his, and told a number of chiefs they could travel throughout Hawaii quickly if they followed him. Maui told the chiefs to paddle toward the ocean, without looking back, until the islands connected. Maui fastened his magic fishhook into the island of Maui and the men paddled feverishly. The island of Maui slowly moved closer, but just as it was to be joined with the Big Island, one of the paddling chiefs turned to look back. The magic spell was then broken and the island slid back, leaving a piece of land fastened to the magic fishhook, still caught on the Big Island.
Surfing has its roots on the Big Island. There is a Hawaiian Heiau (temple), Ku’emanu, at Kahalu’u Bay Beach Park in Kailua Kona which was dedicated to surfing, and the first documentation of surfing came when Captain James Cook visited the Kona coast. Surfing was much more than a sport or a pastime to the Hawaiians, it was integrated into their society through ritual and law and practiced by royalty. No matter your experience as a surfer, there is something extra special about sitting in the surf on the Big Island and tapping into the history and culture that created the sport.
Whether you are a first timer looking for a lesson, a beginner who needs a rental and some tips on where they can surf without getting hassled, or an experienced surfer who needs current information on swell size and direction in order to make educated decisions on where to surf, drop in to Kona Boys for all of your surf needs.
Kona Boys offers group and private lessons as well as custom packages for multiple day lessons or surf adventures. Kona Boys is proud to work with our friends, Bear of “Surfer Bear Hawaii”, and Ossian of FBI Surf School, to provide our customers with the best surf lesson experience available on the island.
As with all water sports, safety comes first so all lessons begin with an onshore orientation covering equipment, ocean awareness, etiquette, and fundamentals. Once in the water we’ll take time practicing basic skills such as paddling, turning, and sitting on the board to assure that you have a level of control before we hit the surf.
Kona Boys has one of the largest selections on the island and stock boards that appeal to all levels of surfer. Kona Boys supports local shapers and are proud to carry surfboards from Jeff Bushman, Kent Jacobs, Mike Jacobs, Gary Young, Ted Kearns, Carl Schaper, Jimmy Lewis, and more….We also work with Surftech, Firewire, and NSP to carry a variety of epoxy boards.
Kona Boys is about getting people in the water and helping them to have the best experience possible. To that end we carry boards for all levels of surfer and have a staff full of watermen and women that can help steer you toward the right board and spot that is suited to your expertise.
Drop in the shop to check out the boards, if you don’t see something that’s right for you, we work with several local shapers to provide custom boards, made in Hawaii.
The Big Island is just that, big and diverse.
There are all kinds of surf breaks, some right along major roads with easy and obvious access and mellow approachable waves, and others that are down nearly impossible 4×4 roads with difficult ins and outs and treacherous waves.
To help you find some of the better known spots around the island, we have provided some information bellow. If your surfing is up to it and you have a sense of adventure, there are plenty of hidden gems tucked along the coastlines of the Big Island. These spots will help you to get your bearings and find some fun surf. We also encourage you to explore our coastlines and find your own secret spot.
When it comes to surfing etiquette, there are several rules that are important to learn and respect no matter where you surf. These rules are heavily enforced in Hawaii and exist to keep the lineups organized and safe.
You may have already visited Kahalu’u Bay in Kona near mile marker 5 on Alii Drive. But you might not know that it is one of Kona’s premier beach parks. Originally the spot of several Originally the spot of several heiaus (temples) and sacred fish ponds, Kahalu’u has the Big Island’s only surf heiau — that’s right, a temple where ancient Hawaiian cheifs used pray for good surf. Kahalu’u is also unique because of its barrier rock wall that was built, as the story goes, by the ancient Hawaiians known as the menehune
Officially called Manini’owali Beach, most locals and books still refer to this gorgeous beach as Kua Bay. This is one of our most highly recommended beaches north of Kona. Part of Kekaha Kai (lit. ‘the shore line’) State Park, it is a perfect beach for sunset watching, boogie-boarding, hiking, and just having a relaxed time with your family. If you’re looking for a hike, 4.5 miles of Ala Kahakai (“shore line path”) passes through Manini’owali on its way south. Ala Kahakai is a 175-mile National Historic Trail full of cultural and historical significance. The trail ultimately passes through hundreds of historic Hawaiian settlements and over 200 ahupua’a (historic land divisions).
La’aloa means ‘very sacred’ in Hawaiian. Often called White Sands, Magic Sands, or Disappearing Sands, this small, fun beach on the main drag in Kona is one of our favorites. So-named for the fact that the beach’s sand comes and goes seemingly overnight when big storms come, when the sand is in, it is a great place to relax and play in the shore break.
The Surfer’s Code
- Respect the beach, ocean and others
- The surfer closest to the peak has the right of way
- First to his or her feet has priority
- Stay out of the way of riders on waves
- If in doubt, don’t paddle out
- Be aware of currents, jetties and other surfers
- Hold on to your board
- Clean up after yourself and others less thoughtful
- Always aid another surfer in trouble
- Share the water, your knowledge and your stoke
- Give Respect To Gain Respect
Information for this post taken from www.konaboys.com website. Kona Boys is located at 79-7539 Mamalahoa Hwy. Kealakekua, HI 96750
In fact, more than a quarter of the marine life in Hawaii cannot be found anywhere else on earth!
Fair Wind Cruises offers a great snorkeling experience for the novice or experienced enthusiasts.
Located in Keauhou-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, Fair Wind Cruises has been offering snorkel excursions since 1971. We offer two vessels with two very unique snorkel experiences.
Our snorkel destination on Fair Wind II, historic Kealakekua Bay, is without question one of the most relaxing areas for snorkeling – maintaining clear visibility and very calm waters throughout the day. Kealakekua Bay was designated a marine life sanctuary in 1971. Since that time, Fair Wind continues to work with the state as stewards of the area to help educate guests on protecting this marine environment. As a result, you will see a variety of living corals and fascinating fish species. In addition, this area is rich in Hawaiian history and includes the site of the historic Captain Cook Monument. The land the monument sits on actually belongs to England and is the only place you can view British soil while visiting Hawaii!
Our newest vessel, Hula Kai, has been designed and built to accommodate guests who seek the very best in luxury, comfort, and technology. Our Hula Kai cruise offers the advanced snorkeler a way to explore some of Kona’s most unique and less traveled snorkel destinations along the spectacular Kona Coast shoreline.
We have taken great consideration in making our cruises available to all skill levels and ages! Our destinations, highly trained crew, and years of experience offer a safe and memorable cruise. We have floatation devices, view boxes, and snorkel instruction available for those needing additional assistance. Plus, our vessels were specifically designed with two custom staircases to make entry and exit of the water safe and easy.
For more information online or to reserve a cruise, please visit our website at www.fair-wind.com. We look forward to sharing the beauty of our island with you!