I’ve paddled to the Mokes once before. Did you know “moke” in Hawaiian is slang for redneck? Yeah, maybe that’s why I like to head out to the Mokes so much. Nā Mokulua are the twin islands you see from Bellows or Lanikai. The big one is Moku Nui. The smaller one is Moki Iki. A year ago I went out with a spouse group. We climbed to the Queen’s bath on Moku Nui. This year, the weather was a little more unpredictable. The water was super choppy but the waves were low. We made our way around to Shark’s Cove. It’s a little inlet on the back side of the island. My pictures don’t do it justice. 

We started with the two mile paddle from Bellows to the islands. 

DSCF0543Words can’t describe the beautiful turquoise of the waters there. The cloud cover mellowed it yesterday but it was still gorgeous. You can see the bottom. A rock formation that’s 15-20 feet deep looks close enough to reach out and touch. 

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It doesn’t even feel like exercise when this is your view. It feels like exercise today when I really don’t want to move my arms much but still. It’s always great to share a kayak with a friend. She didn’t even complain about my complaining!

The views once you get on the island are spectacular. 

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When you get to the back side, the sun glistens on the water as it rushes in over the rocks. It literally took my breath away. It was a little like it’s own little world. I’m surprised they haven’t filmed a movie back there. I guess it would be hard to get everything back there but still. It was nothing short of gorgeous.

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My pictures don’t do it justice. 

Then the climbing began. Of course, I volunteered and broke my neck to climb up to be first to jump. Of course, I did think twice at the top. You have to think twice when you are about to leap into something called shark’s cove knowing you’ve seen tiger sharks in the vicinity before. I could see to the bottom and there was nothing to bother me but a rocky ledge. 

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This would be Joe telling me where to jump and doing a good bit of teasing. Frankly, I knew I’d be jumping because no way was I climbing back down!

I jumped! (I’m borrowing this picture from my friend.)

It’s almost as great a feeling as surfing. Seriously. I went twice even with popping ear pain. 

After all that adrenaline, it was a bit of a hike back to the kayak. I was so ready for a nap after the two mile paddle back to the beach. Can I tell you I LOVE LOVE LOVE this trip like I LOVE LOVE LOVE this island. I was unbelievably tired last night. My neck and shoulders were achy but I was filled with Aloha and it’s the best sort of high.

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It was a good day!