Current conditions at Rabbit Island

Active Alerts

High Surf Warning

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 3:30am to Friday, November 24, 2017 - 6:00am
Issued Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 3:30am

Beach & Nearshore

No conditions available

Shoreline conditions do not apply to this location.
Primarily for beachgoers and surfers

Offshore

Extreme Hazard

Offshore conditions are extremely dangerous. Kayakers and users of other unpowered craft are advised to stay out of the ocean.
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
Learn more about these rating signs and alerts. Ratings updated Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 10:00am

Weather

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76°F
Overcast
Winds from the Northeast at 15.0 gusting to 25.3 MPH (13 gusting to 22 KT)

Surf

SURF ALONG EAST FACING SHORES WILL BE 10 TO 15 FEET THROUGH FRIDAY.

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Beach ID: 49

Not lifeguarded.

Getting There

Rabbit Island is located on the Oahu Windward (East) Shore.

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Background

Two islands lie offshore Kaupo Beach Park. Manana, the larger island, is popularly known as Rabbit Island. In the late l880s John Cummins, the first owner of Waimanalo Plantation, released rabbits on the island and a colony of them survived for many years. The last of the rabbits were removed in the early 1970s. Rabbit Island's Hawaiian name, Manana, means to stretch out or to protrude. Kaohikaʻipu, or Black Rock, is the smaller island adjacent to Manana.

Manana and Kaohikaʻipu Islands are part of the HawaiʻI State Seabird Sanctuary, where landings are prohibited without a permit. Manana is a volcanic crater, its floor honeycombed with the nesting burrows of wedge-tailed shearwaters. Many other sea birds nest on both islands. A surf site called Rabbit Island breaks on a shallow reef at the north end of Manana.

This description is from John R. K. Clark’s book - Beaches of Oahu (Revised Edition) published and available for purchase from the University of Hawaiʻi Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing his beach descriptions for use on this site.
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