The area loosely known as Kane’ohe is both commuting distance from Honolulu and a world away, the gateway to the North Shore and its country-style life. Many native Hawaiians live here and the area is peppered with historic sites. You notice the difference at once – more pickup trucks, parked vehicles selling fresh fish and Hawaiian foods, and a slower pace.
Must-See Site: Mokoli’I (Chinaman’s Hat): A lopsided conical island (pictured), visible from He’eia to Kualoa, Mokoli’I is oft-visited by kayakers. It is said to be the remains of a giant mo’o (lizard god)
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