Niihau Island

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The 181 km² (70 square miles) large Niihau Island is locally known as 'The Forbidden Island', as it has been closed to outsiders for a very long time. Even nowadays it can only be visited on pricey helicopter tours. Niihau's isolation has resulted in a lack of development. There are no paved roads on Niihau and the island has no telephones and no electricity network. There are only several places where generators produce electricity locally.

The entire island is a native Hawaiian reserve and it is the only place in the archipelago, where Hawaiian is the primary language. Niihau has about 230 residents. It is owned by the Robinson family, who are non-Hawaiian and run a huge ranch there.

Niihau is 250 km northwest of Honolulu.


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