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Voyage to Kure: The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

<< Expedition Diaries | About the Islands

Gardner Pinnacles

Satellite photo of Gardner Pinnacles

Hawaiian name: Puhahonu (“turtle surfacing for air”).

Named after the two pinnacles of volcanic rock that make it a distinctive landmark for mariners.

Smallest island in the NWHI.

Known for its abundance of giant opihi, the endemic Hawaiian limpet.

Underwater shelves are incredibly diverse, home to among the highest recorded numbers of fish species in the NWHI, including many fish found nowhere else in the NWHI.

Land mass is home to only one plant, the succulent sea purslane.