Posted by: kauaikolea2 | February 25, 2012

The Forbidden Island… Ni’ihau


Ni’ihau is 18 miles off the Kauai Coast, and can see seen from several cruises of the Napali Coast departing from Port Allen.  in 1864 Ni’ihau was purchased by Elizabeth Sinclair from the Kingdom of Hawaii and private ownership passed on to her descendants, the Robinson family.  As of 2009 the population was 130.  The primary language spoken is Hawaiian.  During World War II, the island was the site of the Ni’ihau incident, where a Japanese fighter pilot crashed on the island and terrorized its residents for a week after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  The people of Ni’ihau are known for their gem like shell lei’s.

The island is generally off-limits to all but relatives of the island’s owners, U.S. Navy personnel, government officials and invited guests, which gave it the name “The Forbidden Island”.  In 1987 a limited number of supervised tours and hunting safaris have opened to tourists.

In 1992 Universal Pictures was allowed to film scenes for Jurassic Park on the island.

The oldest of the inhabited Hawaiian islands, Niihau is also the least changed by modern progress. The Niihauans fish and hunt for their main staples of food, with their diet supplemented by supplies brought in by air and sea by the owners of the island. The residents of Niihau still hunt with ropes and knives and fish with spears and nets.

Take a cruise on one of the tours to Ni’ihau from Port Allen, which is an easy drive from the Condos.  Being mid island makes any trip an easy one to endure. Go out on the Kuhio Hwy and head south, past Koloa and Poipu and you will be on course to Port Allen.  Along your way you will also pass by Kauai Coffee Plantation in case you want to plan a stop on your ride.

Stay with us!  We are not forbidden! You can book one of Hula Now’s Kauai vacation rentals safely and securely on line: www.hulanow.com

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