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Voyage to Kure: The Northwest Hawaiian Islands

<< Expedition Diaries | About the Islands

Nihoa Island

Satellite photo of Nihoa Island

Up to 175 people inhabited the island circa 1000 1700 C.E.

Has more than 80 known cultural sites, including habitation terraces and bluff shelters, religious sites, agricultural terraces, and burial caves.

In 1857, King Kamehameha IV officially annexed the island as part of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Is the largest volcanic island in the NWHI, with steep slopes and sheer sea cliffs.