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or Ni'i·hau  (nē′ē-hou′)
An island of northwest Hawaii west of Kauai. A private ranch for most of the 1900s, it is home to a small Hawaiian-speaking population.


(ˈni iˈhɑ u, ˈni haʊ)

an island in NW Hawaii, W of Kauai. 237; 72 sq. mi. (186 sq. km).
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Anchoring between Kauai and Ni'ihau, Cook dispatched a landing party with instructions to seek fresh water and to return to the ships before nightfall.
Summary: Zach McGowan will play Benehakaka "Ben" Kanahele in movie about Second World War Ni'ihau incident
On the island of Ni'ihau, he meets Mele, a pretty strong-willed nineteen-year-old who persuades him to marry her so she can leave her island.
A certificate should verify that the lei's origin is the Forbidden Island, aka Ni'ihau (see "The Real Lost," opposite).
Hill to witness a village enjoying the arrival of a new swell, or even on the private island of Ni'ihau where the New Zealand owners and their guests had learned surfing from Hawaiians beginning in the 1860s, if you and your friends didn't get very far from "the seats of innovation" like Honolulu, then you might think surfing was dying out--or had died out.
The other three inhabited islands are small and, of those, only Molokai and Lanai are accessible by plane (the tiny Ni'ihau has a population of less than 300 and visitors are prohibited).
Outside of the Ni'ihau community, a small group of families in Honolulu and Hilo were raising their children through Hawaiian.
Eighty-three Hawaiian Plants On February 27, we designated critical habitat for 83 endangered and threatened plant species from the Hawaiian islands of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau.
Distributions of species were analyzed to determine single-island endemism, where the following groups were each considered a single island: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (Kure Atoll, Midway Island, Pearl and Hermes Reef, Lisianski Island, Laysan Island, Gardner Island, French Frigate Shoals, Necker Island), Nihoa, Ni'ihau, Kaua'i, O'ahu, Maui Nui complex (Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i, and Kaho'olawe), and the island of Hawai'i.