The Ni'ihau Incident
History Detectives’ first ever Hawaii story takes us to the island of Ni’ihau, the backdrop for a fascinating tale often overshadowed by the enormity of the raid on Pearl Harbor.
This investigation hinges on two engine parts. Our contributor got the parts from his father who served as an army mechanic in Hawaii during World War II. His father said the parts came from a Japanese fighter plane that crash-landed on Ni’ihau during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The pilot survived, but held island residents hostage, setting the stage for a drama of terror and heroism.
History Detectives gains unprecedented access to the “Forbidden Island” to conduct this extraordinary investigation.
Pacific Aviation Museum
319 Lexington Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96818-5004
Ni'ihua Naval Report
- Related Investigation Body In The Basement Are these the remains of an executed prisoner of war from an English Civil War battle?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 World War II Leaflets How did this scrap of paper help change the course of World War II?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Early Monopoly Could this be the earliest version of the world's best-selling board game?
- Related Investigation 32' Ford Roadster Was this car among the popular hot rods that raced out at the dry lakes in the 1930s?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Texas POW Camp Was this small town in Texas the home of a WWII POW camp?
- Also in Season 9 Japanese Carved Cane What can the message on this cane expose about life behind barbed wire in World War II America?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.