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Kane'ohe Bay, Kaneohe

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Kāneʻohe Bay, at 45 km2 (17 sq mi), is the largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaiian Islands. This reef-dominated embayment constitutes a significant scenic and recreational feature along the northeast coast of the Island of Oʻahu. The largest population center on Kāneʻohe Bay is the town of Kāneʻohe.

The Bay is approximately 8 mi (13 km) long and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) wide, with a mouth opening of about 4.6 mi (7.4 km) wide and a maximum depth of 40 ft (12 m) in the dredged channel. It has one of the two barrier reefs in the archipelago, the other being the 27 mi (43 km) barrier reef of Molokaʻi island, and also has extensive development of shoaling coral reefs within a large lagoon. Two navigable channels cut across the northern and southern ends of the barrier reef. The deeper, northern channel, located off Kualoa Regional Park, provides entrance from the North Pacific Ocean to a ship channel dredged the length of the lagoon between 1939 and 1945. The lagoon contains extensive patch and fringing reefs and its southern end is partly enclosed by the Mokapu Peninsula. This peninsula is occupied by Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

There are five named islands or islets within Kāneʻohe Bay. A sand bar (Ahu o Laka), Kapapa, and Kekepa (Turtleback Rock) are all islets on the barrier reef. Two islands within Kāneʻohe Bay are prominent: Mokoliʻi and Moku o Loʻe (Coconut Island), the largest of the five. Mokoliʻi is a volcanic remnant at the very north end of the Bay, site of former Kualoa Airfield. The community on the northern side is called Waikane, or North Koʻolaupoko.

Coconut Island is an isolated volcanic remnant located in the southwest part of the bay. Coconut Island is owned by the state of Hawaiʻi and home to the University of Hawaiʻi, and Pauley-Pagen Laboratory (SOEST). Coconut Island was used for the opening sequence of the television program Gilligan's Island.
In August 2010, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was filmed on the bay.
Geologically, Kāneʻohe Bay forms part of a former caldera of the Koʻolau volcano. In prehistory, most of the volcano catalysmically slid into the Pacific Ocean, leaving behind only the Range and the Bay.
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  • Kane'ohe Bay stretches from the Mokapu Peninsula, home of the U.S. Marine Corps, and is Mokoli'i Island or Chinamen’s Hat. The bay is the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Islands and.....  more
    Kane'ohe Bay stretches from the Mokapu Peninsula, home of the U.S. Marine Corps, and is Mokoli'i Island or Chinamen’s Hat. The bay is the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Islands and.....  more »
  • Worth a visit! Absolutely beautiful - caution re swimming though as there are sharks at some times of the year 
    Worth a visit! Absolutely beautiful - caution re swimming though as there are sharks at some times of the year  more »
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  • I spent a week in summer to setup my daughter who is in the marine biology program. It’s an amazing place. So lush and green like the rest of Hawaii but more secluded. It’s away from the commercial areas. Especially enjoyed the farmers market. You can buy your fresh fruits, veggies, herbs and exotic flowers for pennies that would cost a fortune in a grocery store. Many thanks to Judith Anderson who is an amazing real estate lady with many years of experience in this area of Hawaii. She introduced me to the farmers market which is in the middle of a mall. I am her adopted sister!
  • Kāneʻohe Bay is so serene and beautiful. I really enjoyed the views here of Chinaman's Hat from Kualoa Regional Park. ☁️

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