Is Niihau still forbidden?

Is Niihau still forbidden?

Niihau, about 18 miles northwest of Kauai, is the “Forbidden Island.” It has been privately owned by the same family since 1864, when Elizabeth Sinclair purchased it from King Kamehameha V for $10,000.

Why is no one allowed on Niihau?

It Was Deemed The “Forbidden Island” Due To A Polio Epidemic. During a polio epidemic in the Hawaiian Islands in 1952, Niihau became known as the “Forbidden Island” since you had to have a doctor’s note to visit in order to prevent the spread of polio.

How do you tour Niihau?

There are no ferry services taxiing tourists to Niihau from the other islands, and no flights there either. That means you only have two options for visiting the island: take a helicopter tour from Kauai or reserve a spot on a hunting safari.

Who currently owns Niihau?


Nickname: The Forbidden Isle
United States
State Hawaiʻi
County Kauaʻi
Co-owners Bruce Robinson Keith Robinson

Why are Niihau shells so expensive?

The value of a Niiahu shell lei is calculated based on its uniqueness, color, type of shell, and how clean the shell is. What makes a Niihau shell lei so valuable? While the physical state of each shell is the biggest contribution to the price, the tedious work put into making the lei is a priceless process.

Can you go to Niihau?

The only tourists allowed on Niihau, 18 miles across a rough ocean channel from Kauai, are those few who join an owner-controlled half-day helicopter tour or a hunting safari day trip (for feral sheep and eland, an antelopelike creature that was introduced to the island).

Does Bill Gates own the island of Lanai?

Gates and his wife, Melinda, rented out the entire island for their marriage in 1994, and Ellison has a home on Lanai. The state owns 2 percent of the island.

Is the island of Niihau a hunting safari?

Now YOU can visit the privately owned island of Niihau on a half-day Tour or a Hunting Safari and take some “Niihau Aloha” home with you. This Niihau.us Web site gives you some information about our island, tours, safaris and Niihau Shell Lei.

Where is Niihau Island in the Hawaiian Islands?

Now you can own some of this beautiful jewelry made with Niihau Aloha Niihau Island is located 18 miles from the island of Kauai across the often-times rough Kaulakahi Channel. The oldest of the inhabited Hawaiian islands, Niihau is also the least changed by modern progress.

What kind of animals are on Niihau Island?

NIIHAU SAFARIS LTD. For a tropical and challenging safari, come and hunt with us for your choice of free roaming Wild Polynesian Boar, Hybrid Sheep, and limited hunting is available for Wild Eland, Wild Aoudad (Barbary Sheep) and Wild Oryx. Niihau Safarishas the exclusive hunting rights on the 72 square mile island owned since 1864 by one family.

How much does a book about Niihau Island cost?

This is a cultural study authorized by the owners and residents of Niihau Island, written in both english and hawaiian and owned by the chuch of the people of Niihau – Hoomana Ia Iesu Church, Inc. The book is $45.00 plus tax and shipping.