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posted by Dave on Jan 13

La’ie Point is on the Windward/North Shore side of Oahu. Just past the Polynesian Cultural Center on Kamehameha Highway (83) make a turn to Anemoku and then a left to Naupaka and follow it to a parking lot area.

From here there is a spectacular view. The picture above shows one of the several large rocks in the distance this one with a hole through it. Laniloa is actually made up of 5 of these “rock islands”.

Laniloa the Mo’o: A Legend of Oahu.

This point of land that extends out into the ocean is called Laniloa. According to legend this peninsula was originally a “Mo’o” or giant lizard standing upright to kill any intruder.

After Kana (a legendary warrior) and his brother had rescued their mother from Moloka’i and had taken her back to Hawai’i, Kana set out on a journey to kill all the Mo’o in the islands. In time he arrived in La’ie where the Mo’o had been killing many people. Kana easily defeated the Mo’o taking its head, he chopped it into five pieces and flung them into the ocean. The pieces of the lizard’s head can still be seen today as five small islands lying off-shore. Their original names were Kihewamoku, Moluaaniwa, Pulemoku, Malualai and Keauakaluapa’a'a.


Be sure to drop by this if you are on this side of the island.  The legend is written on the stone shown above and the views are amazing.

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