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Coconut Island (Mokuola) Tours

Coconut Island (Mokuola)
Mokuola, or Coconut Island, is just offshore from the Big Island’s Lili‘uokalani Gardens and connected by a wide footbridge. Easy access and calm waters make it one of the Hilo’s most convenient and popular beaches. It’s great for swimming and sea turtle watching, and the picnic tables and grassy areas often host barbecues and local events.

The Basics
Coconut Island was once home to an ancient temple whose Hawaiian name, Mokuola, means “healing island.” The water around the island was thought to have healing properties. Today it is a popular place to swim, fish, spot sea turtles (honu), or bike or stroll around the island, and enjoy a lovely sunset. Many local events and gatherings are held in the grassy park on the center of the island.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Coconut Island is ideal for beach lovers and families with children.
  • The water surrounding the island can be murky, and while it is a popular place to swim, it is not good for snorkeling.
  • There are showers, restrooms, changing rooms, and barbeques on-site.
  • If you want to jump off a tower into the water, check the tide table and arrive at high tide.
  • The island is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
Coconut Island is located in the Big Island of Hawaii’s Hilo Bay, next to Lili‘uokalani Gardens and directly behind the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. There is a small parking lot at the end of Keli‘ipio Place, where you can access the footbridge; if the lot is full, you can park at the hotel and walk from there.

When to Go
Hilo has mild tropical weather year-round, with temperatures ranging from about 65°F (18°C) to 85°F (29°C). Arrive before sunset to see stunning colors over the water. The Big Island sees the most visitors in July, August, and December, so arrive outside of those months for a somewhat quieter experience.

Healing Powers

In ancient times, Coconut Island was known for its healing powers—legend has it that if a person swam around one of the rocks at the eastern inlet of the island, they would be healed from illness. There is also a small rock pool on the island called Pua‘akaheka, which was also believed to have powerful healing properties.
Address: HI 96720, USA
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Coconut Island (Mokuola)

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Big Island Adventure Bundle: 5 Epic Audio Driving Tours

Big Island Adventure Bundle: 5 Epic Audio Driving Tours

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Shaka Guide is an audio tour app that gives you the benefits of a guided tour with the freedom to explore on your own terms. This Big Island Tour Bundle comes with five socially-distanced audio driving tours: • South Island Epic Coastal Journey (8-10 hour tour) • North Island Jungle Adventure Loop (8-10 hour tour) • Kona Big Kahuna Loop (4-6 hour tour) • Kohala Coast and Backcountry Tour (3-5 hour tour) • Volcanoes National Park Tour (6-8 hour tour) The app uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn navigation to historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches and scenic hikes with stories about the places you’re visiting and music to entertain you along the way. All Shaka Guide Tours... • Never expire - take them multiple times or buy in advance • Work 100% offline - no data or wifi necessary • Let you take the tour when you want - download the tour and choose the day that works best for you *Please use the link in your confirmation email to download the app*
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Big Island - North Island Jungle Driving Tour

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Shaka Guide's driving tour app works like a tour guide in your car! On this tour drive along beautiful green coastlines, through tropical jungle roads, and go star gazing on the tallest mountain in the world. We've done our research so you will not miss a thing! Just sit back and listen to fun stories along the way. Skip the tour bus & explore Big Island at your own pace for a fraction of the cost with the best self-guided audio GPS tours for Hawaii! Rated the #1 best GPS tour app for Hawaii with over 6,000+ raving reviews and 200,000+ downloads. Why you need it: ✅ You don't need service because you can download the tours & use them offline ✅ Much cheaper than a tour bus at only $9.99 for lifetime access ✅ Save time planning your trip because we have the best stops lined up ✅ Freedom to stop and go as you please, unlike a tour bus where you are confined to the pre-determined route (no fun!) ✅ Hear cool and fun stories along the way (and some corny joke's that might make you laugh)
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Pele's Creation Day Tour from Hilo - Puna 2018 Lava Flow (Hawaii)

Pele's Creation Day Tour from Hilo - Puna 2018 Lava Flow (Hawaii)

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The 2018 eruption wreaked havoc upon the subdivision of Leilani Estates. While there is currently no active surface lava on the island, the destruction is still evident here. You will hear first-hand accounts from real homeowners and see Fissure 8, the largest fissure from the eruption. We have exclusive access to visit 4 different properties destroyed in the eruption. A portion of our sales goes to those who tragically lost their homes.
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Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach

Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach

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Circle the Big Island of Hawaii along the Mamalahoa Highway on this guided, full-day, small-group adventure. Travel almost 250 miles and visit the two biggest cities on the island, Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Climb through several climate zones and native rainforest to the summit of the world’s most active volcano inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. All while learning about Hawaii’s history, culture, religion, geology and fragile ecosystem. All entrance fees plus a hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Hilo Culture, Legends, & More Day Tour (Hawaii)

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Enjoy a guided one of a kind tour through some of Hilo’s most iconic areas. Learn about Bayfront, Rainbow Falls, Wailoa State Park, and finally discover Coconut Island. This is a historical and cultural viewpoint. Learn lots of fun facts about Kamehameha the Great and the area itself. Fun Hawaiian Legends are told that tie Hawaii to other South Pacific Islands.
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Historic Hilo Biking Adventure Day Tour (Hilo, Hawaii)

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Historic Hilo Bay and Coconut Island Guided Kayak Adventure

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Experience the history and natural beauty of old Hawaii. Unlike anywhere else in the islands, Hilo Bay captures the feeling of going back in time. Join our guided 2 hour kayak tour paddling with the majestic snow capped peaks of Maunea Kea crater in the distance. Learn about the history of the last Hawaiian monarch at Queen Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens. Discover secluded coves, marine life that gather in the tide pools, and make a stop at Coconut Island. Come talk story with our guides and learn more about the unique history of Hilo Bay.
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