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Coconut Island


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Coconut Island, or Moku Ola is a small island in Hilo Bay, just offshore from Lili'uokalani Park and Gardens, in Hilo, off the island of Hawaii. It is a small park, and is connected to the main island via a footbridge. The island includes a large grassy field, picnic areas, restroom facilities, and a few tiny sandy beaches. The name Mokuola translates as "healing island" or "island of life" from the Hawaiian language. Moku meaning island and ola meaning life. It was the site of an ancient temple dedicated to healing. It is located off Banyan Drive.

Legend tells that anyone who was sick or feeling ill would be healed by swimming around Moku Ola three times. In ancient times, Moku Ola was a pu'uhonua (place of refuge), where natives or warriors could 'redeem' themselves. Many native Hawaiians would also bury their children's piko (umbilical cords) under the flat rocks here, so the rats would not find them (piko are often considered sacred to Hawaiians, as they are the connection to their mothers and to their blood lines).




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