Manana Island, Oahu

Manana (Rabbit) Island

Between Makapuu Point and Waimanalo on the island of Oahu you’ll find the islet of Manana. Sometimes called “Rabbit Island” for it’s part in rabbit breeding operations until the mid-1990’s, Manana literally translates to, “to stretch out, or to spread out.”

The island is about 3/4 of a mile long by about 1/2 mile wide and now acts chiefly as an important breeding area for seabirds and has been deemed a sanctuary for this purpose. Thousands of sea faring birds flock to this protected area during the spring and summer months, safe from predators and humans.

Similar to Oahu’s famous Diamond Head, Manana is what is left of a volcanic tuff cone. Also similarly, Manana is visible from several vantage points and is remarkable enough to be photographed by thousands each year.

 

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