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Kapou, Papa‘āpoho (Lisianski Island) 

Kapou, meaning “post, pillar, pole or shaft,” may refer to the unusual rainbow formations seen here that resemble “pillars going straight into the clouds.” Papa‘āpoho describes a flat area with a hollow or depression, which is exactly how this raised atoll is shaped. 


~ Please enjoy the 360 panormaic video of ulua and sharks in the NWHI until we upload video from Papaʻāpoho ~

  • About 20 million years ago, geologic forces raised the tip of a huge coral bank above sea level. Today, Papaʻāpoho is 381 acres, about the size of Honolulu. Its highest point is a sand dune about 40 feet above sea level.

  • Though the island is small, the reef area to the southeast, called Neva Shoals, is huge, covering 241,916 acres, an area nearly the size of O`ahu.