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The Truth About Gilligan’s Island

I really hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but as you can see from the photo, Gilligan and crew really weren’t all that lost. It is no wonder so many people found their way to the island. What I don’t understand is how our intrepid castaways took so many years to find their way off! In fact, in re-run heaven, they are still bumbling around out there over 40 years later. (They must have gotten their directions from Moses.)

It’s official name is Coconut Island (Moku o LoÊ»e), and it sits in Kāne’ohe Bay, off the northeast side of Oahu. The entire island is now owned by the state. The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, an extension of University of Hawaii and the only marine research station built on a coral reef, is the sole occupant of the island.

This photo was taken from atop Pali Highway (That’s a whole other blog post all in itself.)  The haze over the photo, and the reason you cannot tell the ocean from the sky, is called vog — volcanic smog.  Oahu no longer has an active volcano, but Hawaii Island (aka “The Big Island”) is more than willing to share.  My eyes don’t care for the stuff, and I have been tearing, snotting and blowing for a bout a week now.


  1. It has been a while since I have been able to visit. Wow I like the new look of your place.

    I knew Gilligan’s place was close but I didn’t realize it was quite THAT close. How funny.

    Atop the Pali HWY…now there is a view AND a story. Cracks me up. My mom just finished making 5″ notebooks for Nana and her sister of the history of Hawaii and their old stomping grounds. She was so excited to find pictures of the Pali before there was a highway.

    Blessings to you friend.

    Julie~’s last blog post..Where Is My car……

    1. Jules — The story I was talking about is the history of Pali. I just didn’t think it belonged in the Gilligan’s Island post.

  2. That is really funny about the island, quilly. However, since I am directionally challenged from time to time, (most of the time) I can understand their quandry.

    Didn’t make it in time for the puny monday, but I’d not have known anyhow. I didn’t understand that was a club and not some weird sort of branding iron or something. Living in Texas colors ones perception….sometimes 😉

    amberstar’s last blog post..Mother’s Day recap

    1. Amber — it’s okay that you don’t like Punny Monday. You don’t need to apologize every week. Puns aren’t everybody’s cup of tea.

  3. I always find it fascinating to learn more about your part of the world, thanks for sharing this. It looks stunning, vog or no vog!

    Jientje’s last blog post..Ditched!

  4. So that’s where they all reside huh? I always loved the Skipper!

    I bigged it and was amazed at how crammed together the houses are on the Big Island! That takes a weeeee little bit away from that feeling of Paradise…. as does the vog! Ew!

    Melli’s last blog post..Stolen From Thom….

  5. You have taken away my illusions. Real life is so sad.
    But then you gave me another reason to be glad I don’t live in Hawaii.

    Dr. John’s last blog post..Me and Meme

  6. I can so tell that you don’t watch TV. WTG to spoil everyone’s fantasy about that Island…I so wanted it to be in the middle of the Pacific…I’m crushed

    Thom’s last blog post..Are You Rain or Snow?

  7. Pfftt… There’s no way it took 3 hrs to get to that island! So much for truth in advertising. Or… um… truth in sitcoms?

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