If he was so special, why couldn't MIB find the light source at the waterfall?

Why couldn't MIB find the light source (from above) the 30 years he looked for it? It may seem like a minor question, but it's bugging me.

  • Was it that he simply couldn't find it? => Seems odd - he had 30 years and was a special enough that during that time he built a fricking wormhole donkey wheel.
  • Or was it because only the island's protectors can see it? => But then how did he see it the first time when his mother showed it to him?
  • Or was it that because only the island's protector can see it, along with those the protector wishes to see it => But then how could he see the light from below?

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