Coconut island, Travel Photo Mondays #16

Travel Photo Monday

Welcome to Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling.



A view of Coconut Island from Banyan drive.

A view of Coconut Island from Banyan drive.

Coconut island

Coconut island in Hilo Bay is a little coconut frond island and park with picnic tables, grassy lawns and areas to swim and snorkel. Outside of this being a very popular picnic and hangout spot with water access, the island also has a historic past and significant purpose to its use and history.

In ancient Hawaiian times, Coconut island or Moku ola means “Healing island” in Hawaii, was a place where an ancient temple was built and dedicated to healing. The island is also considered a place or refuge or Pu’uhonoa, ordinary people that broke a kapu or law could escape to the island and then be redeemed.  Many island natives also came to this sacred sanctuary to place their newborns piko (umbilical cords) under rocks because they considered the Piko sacred, connecting the mother and child with their blood lines.


Another view of Coconut Island

Another view of Coconut Island

Today the island is easily access through a walking bridge and is a place to enjoy the outdoors and water activities.  Every water recreation seems to happen around the island from paddle rowing, kayaking, sailing to snorkeling is a regular occurance. Even more popular is climbing some of the old stone towers and jumping into the deeper waters.

Here are a few more pictures of coconut island and some fun activities that locals enjoying doing.



Children playing at Coconut Island

Children playing at Coconut Island




Jumping off the stone towers

Jumping off the stone towers





Coconut island in black and white

Coconut island in black and white



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20 Responses to Coconut island, Travel Photo Mondays #16

  1. Jennie @ Got My Reservations October 16, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    It was interesting how you shared both black and white and color images of similar shots. It makes a difference in how we perceive the photo! Thanks for hosting.

  2. A October 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    I’ve never heard of Coconut island. That is interesting about going there to get redeemed. I heard about things like that, didn’t know about this particular island though. Thanks for the photos, it is great to learn about a new place.

  3. Jennifer October 15, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    Looks like a really fun spot to visit!

  4. Cathy Sweeney October 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    With such an inviting name as Coconut Island, I’ll have to make a point to visit. What fun everyone’s having there. Lovely photos, Noel!

  5. Neva Fels October 14, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Wonderful pictures of another island. Your pictures are amazing.

  6. Mary {The World Is A Book} October 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    I’ve never heard of Coconut Island and it looks like a great place to spend the day. Jumping off the towers looks fun and refreshing. Love how you captured them,

  7. Noel October 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    I’m so sorry that
    I was not able to set this up correctly,you can leave your links in the comments section and I will correct for next week

  8. Debbie at Travel with intent October 14, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    My post for the week is a literary statue from Paris:

  9. Ruth October 14, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    There are so many places in the world that I have never heard about before – thanks for sharing the enticing photos.

  10. Rachel M October 13, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    The pictures are beautiful. Jumping off the stone towers looks real fun.

  11. Ritva's ART / Ritva Sillanmäki October 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Beautiful shots as always, and I would assume that is something one would enjoy. Your link is not in place. So here is mine:

  12. Poppy October 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Hi Noel,

    Awe Inspiring photography of Coconut Island!! From the intriguing history to the current fun, I can understand its healing powers! Thanks so much for hosting and for such amazingly beautiful images! Love the centered one of the youngsters in the background, encircled in the leaves of the tree in the foreground; stunning!!!


  13. muzachan October 13, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    Lovely pictures 🙂

  14. Joyce October 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    I so enjoy your photos, years ago I actually lived on the island of Oahu. Husband was in military and we were stationed at Schofield Barracks. Such beauty, unlike anything on the mainland!

  15. Life Images by Jill October 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Coconut Island certainly looks like a wonderful place to visit for some summer fun. I have been away for the last 6 weeks travelling across Australia. It is great to be back and catching up with what has been happening with my blogging contacts. Have a great week.

  16. Debbie at Travel with intent October 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi Noel, the linky isn’t up, looks like the wrong start date. Debbie

  17. Marilyn Armstrong October 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Nice to see a normal website! I can’t get mine to boot, can’t edit or post nor can I get any other WordPress site to display normally. Nice to see a normal display and pictures I can see. I took some nice Cape Cod pictures today, but I can’t post anything. Sigh.


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