Rabbit Island or Manana Island, Hawaii
Rabbit Island or Manana
Island is so named for two reasons. One, its
shape, seen from the shores of Oahu,
resembles a rabbit’s head, and two, it was
home to a rabbit-raising farm. The rabbit
farms were closed down when
the rabbits started
negatively affecting the island’s natural
The island, also referred to as Manana
Island, is a seabird sanctuary protected by
the state of Hawaii.
It is home to thousands of
exotic and rare birds including Sooty Terns,
Brown Noddys, Red-tailed
Tropicbirds, Bulwer’s Petrels and Hawaiian
It is located a kilometer from Kaupo Beach.
It is close to Makapuu on the eastern tip of
the Oahu in Hawaii. Manana, in the Hawaiian
language, translates to “buoyant”.
Rabbit Island is a tuff cone. It has two
craters, and the highest point on the islet
is 361 feet high.
The island has an area of
approximately 63 acres. It is 2,319 feet
long, and 2,147 feet wide.
Manana has one small sand beach on the
southwest side of the islet. The beach is
nearly forty feet
wide and is at a height
normally unreachable by waves coming in from
the ocean. The beach curves
from the south to the west
of the island.