La’ie Point – Legend and Scenic Lookout

The Legend of La’ie Point

The North Shore of Oahu is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Hawaii. Sandy beaches, challenging surfing, and scenic lookouts with breathtaking views, such as La‘ie Point.

Ancient Hawaiian Legend

The point of land that extends out into the ocean is called Laniloa. According to an old Hawaiian legend, this land was patrolled by a giant lizard, or Mo‘o, by the name of Laniloa, with a reputation for killing any passerby‘s that would dare to venture into his territory. At that time, Kana, a legendary warrior, and his brother had rescued their mother from the Island of Molokai and had taken her back to the Island of Hawaii. Kana then set out on a journey to kill all the Mo‘os in the islands. In due time he reached La‘ie, where the Mo‘o had been killing many people.

The defeat of Laniloa

Kana easily defeated Laniloa, taking his head and spreading it around what is now La’ie Point. He chopped it into five pieces and flung them into the ocean. The pieces of the lizard’s head can still be seen today as five small islands lying off-shore. Their original names were: Kihewamoku, Moluaaniwa, Pulemoku, Malualai, and Keauakaluapa‘a‘a. To the far left of the Point you will see this unusual rock island known by the locals as Puka Island, or the island with a hole. The hole in the middle of the island was created bye the pounding waves of a tsunami in 1946.

Where is Laie Point located?

You will find La‘ie Point signs on Kamehameha Hwy, (HI-83W) just after the Polynesian Cultural Center, turn right onto Anemoku St, and then right again onto Naupaka St. All of our Circle Island Tours of Oahu, and tours to the Polynesian Cultural Center visit La’ie Point, spending plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the North Shore’s landmark lookout. Join us to see La’ie Point on tour, and reserve your seats today. The picture opportunities are endless, and this island lookout is one that you must-see.

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