HAWAIIAN SHIRTS AND THE VACATED ISLANDS
Aloha Shirts and the vacated island I found a great article
for fifty fun facts about Hawaii at a Seattle paper (link),
it mentions Kahoolawe as having the color gray as its official
color, and that gray does not appear on Aloha shirts (beg to
differ). It got me to wondering about some of the other Hawaiian
islands, the ones you can't or won't visit.
Kahoolawe is Hawaiian for "the one that was taken away". It
is all of 45 square miles of desert sitting in Maui's rainshadow
surrounded by the Pacific. It is presently uninhabited, is reserved
as a site for the preservation of native Hawaiian culture and
was used as target practice by the US Navy (and its allies)
for decades. You may be able to volunteer to do work on Kahoolawe
as part of the restoration project.
Then there is Niihau, off the west coast of Kauai. It is privately
owned and its shores are vigilantly guarded. Landings are unwelcome.
Molokini is offshore south and east of Lahaina harbor on Maui.
It is a partially sunken volcanic cone, and the crater is tipped
so that it is full of water. It is a top diving spot, but going
ashore is a criminal offense.
Nihoa is an island about the size of a football stadium about
120 miles north and west of Honolulu. It is uninhabited, is
covered with archaeological sites, and has some species such
as the Nihoa finch that exist only there. Landings are by state
permissions only, and protection against biological contaminations
are vigorously enforced and extreme. For example, no cardboard.
It sometimes contains worm eggs of a sort that may violate the
existing Nihoa environment.
Lehua island, located north of Niihau is another island you
will probably not only never see, but never set foot on. It
is a seabird nesting reserve. It is a sunken volcanic caldera
Kaula lies about 23 miles west and north of Niihau, and is
a semicircular cliff edged island. It is about 160 acres, was
used for target practice like Kahoolawe (and Molokai for that
matter), and is considered sacred. No landings.
Manana is a 63 acre island off the coast of Oahu (also called
Rabbit Island) and is also a seabird sanctuary. No landings.
Na Molulua are two islands off the coast of Oahu you can set
foot on. Just a short kayak trip through the home of sharks
and you're there.
Mokolii off the coast of Oahu is known as "Chinaman's Hat Island"
due to its upswept shape. Open to the public dawn to dusk, all
12.5 acres of it.