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What You Don’t Know About Niihau, The Forbidden Island of Hawaii

Have you heard about the Hawaiian Island that’s so secret it earned the nickname “The Forbidden Island”? Anyone with a basic familiarity of Hawaii knows that the tropical tourist destination, renowned for having some of the most stunning beaches in the entire world, is actually a system of islands made up of unique and distinctive landscapes. The six major islands to visit include Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii (also called “The Big Island”).

Each of these islands is known for something a little different. Lovers and honeymooners typically favor Maui. Surfers strap on their boards and head straight to Oahu. Photographers looking for natural beauty hit up Kauai, while adventurers seeking rugged terrain book their tickets to Lanai.

Chances are, someone in your circle of friends has visited at least one of the six major Hawaiian islands. But it’s highly unlikely that anyone you know has stepped a sandy foot onto the shores of the Forbidden Island of Niihau (pronounced NEE-EE-HOW”).

It may sound like a fairytale, but this super-secret island spot is actually a real-life mystery, shrouded in secrecy, tradition, and legend. Read on to uncover some of the rumors that make Niihau so intriguing.

1. Niihau is the island that time forgot

Political map of Hawaii

Political map of Hawaii The island of Niihau is located just west of Kauai. | Peter Hermes Furian/iStock.com

Located a scant 17 miles off the coast of Kauai, Niihau may be geographically near, but it’s a world apart. Despite having a number of permanent residents, the island has no roads, no cars, no stores, no restaurants, no internet, no electricity, and no indoor plumbing. Even though people do live there year round, they have very little contact with the outside world.

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