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The Islands of the Mo’o (Hawaiian Lizard)

Posted by E.G.D. on March 1, 2013

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Walter Wong:

On La'ie Bay (Photo by Walter Wong)

On La’ie Bay (Photo by Walter Wong)

Aloha from the Islands of Hawaii.  As a son of a Fisherman, I grew up swimming along with my father as he would spear fish for family meals.  It was a very special place I felt as “La’ie Bay”, located on the Northeastern tip of the island of O’ahu,  contained several islands which if assembled, would depict a giant Lizard or Mo’o as we say in Hawaiian.

My two sons and a Mo'o head (photo by Walter Wong)

My two sons and a Mo’o head (photo by Walter Wong)

The picture of my two sons shows the head of the giant Mo’o in the back ground with the hole representing the eye.  It was special to share this with my sons as we live on the Big Island of Hawaii.  All they could ask was “are there sharks Dad?”.   Soon, it will be time for me to give them the knowledge of swimming to the different islands of the Mo’o so they will know where and how to care for their families when the time comes.  In the mean time, I will watch and observe the ocean for the right conditions, and their journey will begin.  Aloha!

About the Author: Walter Wong is a Native Hawaiian who grew up in Laie, Oahu, Hawaii, now residing on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is the father of 8 children and the Owner of HawaiianUp.  He enjoys sharing stories about Hawaii and helping people to make their own memories.

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For more of our posts about the island of Oahu, please visit:

The End of the Road, Oahu, Hawaii

Iconic Chinaman’s Hat, Windward Oahu

Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Swimming and… Homework? Hanauma Bay!

Mystery Beach (La’ie Beach), Oahu, Hawai’i

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon (aka: The Hilton Lagoon), Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Beachcombing & Sea Turtles at Hale’iwa Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii

Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach (Oahu, Hawaii)

And many more! -E.G.D.

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4 Responses to “The Islands of the Mo’o (Hawaiian Lizard)”

  1. Jody said

    Aloha and thanks so much Walter! I’ll be heading to La’ie Bay to look for these islands my next trip to Oahu. Mahalo nui loa!

    • Ahhh, I hope the weather will be beautiful, but if not and the waves are big, you’ll see the “Mo’o” alive as it splashes and moves with every wave.. A very beautiful experience either way. After all, you’ll be in Hawaii!! Mahalo Jody!!

  2. Marianne said

    Beautiful boys, and a wonderful story about tradition being passed to new generations.

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