Lit., Buoyant. (Clark)

Also know as Rabbit Island

There are 4 islands off Makapu'u.  The largest is Manana (now called Rabbit Island).  The next is a small one called Kakalaioa. The next largest with a patch of green plants on it, is Mokuhope, and last of all there is a tiny island, merely a rocking sticking up above the water.  It is Kaohiipu.

Charles Alona

    Informant, Sept. 14, 1939

    Waimanalo, Oahu Place Names

Click on the image of May K. Kamai and she will tell you her story of swimming

with the sharks, her 'aumakua, at Mānana


Kaohikaipu.  Islet near Rabbit Island, O’ahu.  A native reports that the island was formerly called Mokuhope (island behind), and that a rock that projects at low tide was Kaohikaipu

(hold back the container), so called because the rock blocked sea-swept matter.

Places Names of Hawaiʻi

Pukui, Elbert, Mookini


Click on image to learn more about Mānana

Kakalaioa.  It was named Kakalaioa because the rocks were as sharp as kakalaioa thorns.

No kakalaioa has ever grown on it.

Pukui, M.K.

Waimanalo, Manana

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