Hui Wa'a Kaukahi

Nui a lehulehu na mokupuni, 'a'ole lawa ka manawa

So many islands, so little time!

Kayakers hiking and kayaks on the beach on Goat Island

Goat Island (Moku’auia) 2024

Story and photos by Stan McCrae

January 14, 2024

The Mokuauia island paddle was very nice. We had 11 kayaks including some new members. As the paddle leader I did my diligence and had everyone sign in on the paddle waiver. We launched from the beach at about 11 am. We landed on the Laie side of the island because the North Shore wrapping swell would have been challenging to get through to the nice lagoon on the Malaekahana side of the island.

After landing we took a leisurely walk around the island. The waves were crashing against the outer point of the island which made for some beautiful photos. We also got to hear and see a migrating Kioea (bristle-thighed curlew.) It is a bird that passes through Hawaii. On completing the walk, some of the members enjoy a quick lunch before returning to shore.