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Nihoa is unlike any of the other Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) with its 900 foot cliffs, basalt rock surface, and tiny beach. This small island is about 171 acres and is at the southeastern end of the NWHI chain.


~ Please enjoy the 360 panormaic video of the Midway Pier until we upload video from Nihoa ~

  • Many of the mea makamae (cultural objects) and structures associated with these wahi pana (cultural places) are similar to many found throughout the Main Hawaiian Islands.

  • Nihoa is mentioned in the mele Ka Wai A Kane:

    E ui aku ana au iaʻoe
    Aia I hea ka wai a Kāne
    Aia I kaulana a ka lā
    I ka pae ʻōpua I ke kai
    Eamai ana ma nihoa
    Ma ka mole mai o Lehua
    Aia I laila ka wai a Kāne

    I put to you
    where is the water of kāne
    out there with the floating sun
    where the cloud forms rest on oceans breast
    uplifting their forms of nihoa
    this side the base of lehua
    there is the water of kāne