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  • An island of northwest Hawaii west of Kauai Island. It is used mainly for cattle grazing.

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  • proper n. The seventh largest island of Hawaii, nicknamed the "Forbidden Island".


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Hawaiian Niʻihau


  • The southern point of Niihau, which is to the west of Kauai, the evident standpoint of the poet, and therefore "below" Kauai.] [Footnote 248: _Milo-lii_.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii The Sacred Songs of the Hula

  • Half-conscious, aimless and wandering, he lived back in his life to his early manhood on Niihau.

    Koolau the Leper

  • He had learned to shoot as a wild-cattle hunter on Niihau, and on that island his skill as a marksman was unforgotten.

    Koolau the Leper

  • He knew the man, a deputy sheriff, for it was by him that he had been harried out of Niihau, across Kauai, to Kalalau Valley, and out of the valley to the gorge.

    Koolau the Leper

  • I, alone, Koolau, who was once a cowboy on Niihau, can hold the trail against a thousand men.

    Koolau the Leper

  • They had hunted sharks on Niihau and wild cattle on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, broke horses, branded steers, hunted goats, dived (Lyte could dive to 15 fathoms and stay under two minutes), and surfed.

    “Day had broken cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray, . . . .”

  • This Large Marine Ecosystem includes the main Hawaiian Islands of Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau, as well as the outer northwest islands and their near-shore boundaries.

    Insular Pacific-Hawaiian large marine ecosystem

  • In fact, Rob Cowie and I recently met with one of the local USFWS biologists to talk about possible reintroductions of locally extirpated land snail species to Lehua Island, a small island just north of Niihau.

    Is there a statute of limitations for introduced species on Hawaii?—A reader’s response

  • Had the Niihau incident been significant, then Japanese Americans in the Hawaiian Islands would have been interned.

    Asian History Carnival #11

  • The Niihau incident itself got very little attention, as far as I know, either in the press or in the security analyses; much less than Japanese language schools and newspapers, imported nationalistic Nichiren priests, kibei educational returnees and other community ties to Japan.

    Asian History Carnival #11


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