Coconut Island or Moku
Coconut Island is known to the Hawaiians as Moku 'Ola or "Island
of Life." Moku 'Ola and Maka oku, the piece of mainland opposite the
island, formed a place of refuge for defeated warriors and others who
needed safety. It is also said that the many fresh water springs
around the island are beneficial to health.
The Legend: Maui, the demi-god, had a magic fishhook which he
would never show to anyone, not even his brothers. He also had a
magic canoe which could take him from island to island with two
sweeps of his paddle.
One day as he watched a canoe leave on its way to a neighboring
island, Maui felt sorry for his people who did not have a magic
canoe. He called a meeting of the chiefs and people and told them of
his plan to join the islands together so they could travel throughout
the kingdom easily. He told them he needed their help to pull but
that they should not look back until the islands were connected. Maui
fastened his magic fishhook into Maui Island and the men paddled and
pulled with all their might and the island slowly moved behind them.
Just as Maui Island was about to be connected to Hawaii Island, one
of the chiefs (some say one of Maui's brothers) looked back and broke
the spell. All of the island slid back to its former position except
for the piece fastened to Maui's fishhook. This piece of land is
known as Coconut Island or Moku 'Ola.