Rabbit Island / Manana Island

Rabbit Island / Manana Island
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Small islet and seabird sanctuary located off Oahu.

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Rabbit Island, also known as Manana Island is a small islet on the eastern end of Oahu. You can get the best views from Makapu'u Beach Park, Makapu'u Lookout, and Kaupo Beach Park. It's commonly thought that Rabbit Island was named after the rabbit colony that once inhabited it back in the 1880s. Other's think the name originated since the islet's formation appears to be a rabbit's head coming out of ocean.

Today, there are no longer rabbits here - they were eradicated in the 1980s after environmentalist observed they were destroying the native ecosystem of seabirds the bred here. There is a small sand beach on Rabbit Island. Today Manana is State Seabird Sanctuary with many varieties of tropical birds such as Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Sooty Terns, Brown Noddys and Bulwer's Petrels. Manana Island is also a resting area for endangered monk seals.

It is important to note that it is illegal to land on the islet without permission from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.