Rabbit and Shark Fin Island

Right off the Southeast coast of Oahu are two small, uninhabited islands, called rabbit island and shark fin island. The islands are easily visible from Makapu’u point and beach.


Rabbit island was used as a site for raising rabbits as a food source in the early 1800’s. Some say it also looks like a rabbit with its ears tucked behind it.


Next to it, the smaller island is Shark Fin island. Ancient Hawaiians believed the island to be the incarnation of the shark god. Ocean voyagers and fishermen would place offerings on the island in hopes of a bountiful catch or a safe voyage. 


Today both of these islands are home to thousands of nesting seabirds– Shark Fin Island is actually a protected seabird sanctuary.


Shaka Guide’s South Shore Oahu Tour takes you to the Rabbit & Shark Fin Island Lookout, in addition to many other must see destinations!