Mānana Island, a frequent star in the Magnum P.I. series (because it can be seen from the estate known in the series as “Robin’s Nest.”) is less than a mile from shore near Kaupō Beach on the windward side of Oahu. Mānana Island (actually an islet) is a tuff cone — a geological formation made when burning magma comes into contact with surface water.
Mānana Island is also known as Rabbit Island. I wasn’t quite certain why, since mānana is the Hawaiian word for bouyant, so I looked it up. It seems that the name Rabbit Island has two origins. One, the island supposedly looks like a Rabbit’s head (think swimming rabbit), and two, there was an experimental rabbit farm on the island, but the rabbits were quickly destroying the echo system and had to be removed. There are currently no wild rabbits on Oahu. The agricultural department would like it to stay that way.
Currently, Mānana Island is a State Sea Bird Sanctuary. Landing on the island without permission from the State of Hawai‘i, Department of Land Natural Resources is illegal. The island provides breeding grounds for the Wedge-tailed Shearwater, the Sooty Tern, the Brown Noddy, Bulwer’s Petrel and the Red-tailed Tropicbird. Although the island is primarily a bird sanctuary, Hawaiian Monk Seals also often sunbathe on the island’s lone beach.