Parked adjacent to Liliuokalani Gardens and Park, and jutting out from the Waiakea Peninsula is a fun little isle known as Coconut Island or Moku Ola (island of life). Coconut Island is attached to the mainland by a short bridge, and features bathrooms, a large grass field, and several micro-beaches. Coconut Island is staple landmark of Hilo, and incredibly busy throughout the week and especially on the weekend. Despite its miniature size, people from all over flock to this island for picnics, events, swimming, or just to stroll.
The first thing you’ll notice upon reaching the island is how small it is, then, how many people are relaxing on the island. This is because Moku Ola is a perfect place to chill out and pretend you’re lost on your own private island. You get a perfect view of Hilo Town, the charming bay, the gardens behind you, and the seemingly infinite Pacific Ocean that stretches past the breakwater and toward the horizon. During the morning an immensely vivid red sun rises directly over the waters Coconut Island faces, and in the early evening, it sets perfectly over the towering Mauna Kea peaks. Coconut Island is perfect to take the keiki out for a picnic, birthday parties and more.
Even though strong trade winds buffet the island (sometimes relentlessly) Coconut Island will never fail to impress on a sunny or even overcast day. The waters and climate are always so perfect, and people's attitudes tend to reflect the easygoing spirit that embodies the island. In times past, Moku Ola was revered as a sacred site of healing and restoration where the waters would be used to regenerate even the most broken body. Many still believe in these ancient tales, and given the island’s magical atmosphere, it’s a hard claim to refute.
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Fishing, Snorkeling, Swimming, Electricity, Picnic Area, Drinking Water, Outdoor Shower, Restrooms, Pavilion(s), Wheelchair Accessible
No Camping Allowed