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chrisrainier
1161160.  Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:41 am Reply with quote

Ni'ihau [pronounced "Nigh-ay-aw"] - the westernmost inhabited of the Hawaiian islands, nicknamed The Forbidden Isle, privately owned by the Robinson Family after the original owner, a Scot called Elizabeth Sinclair, died in 1892. She purchased it from the Hawaiian king Kamehameha V in 1864 for $10,000 in gold.
Incidentally, King Kamehameha V's full name before he became king was Lota Liholiho Kapuāiwa Kalanimakua Kalanikapuapaikalaninui Aliʻiolani Kalani-a-Kekūanaōʻa.
Generally off-limits to the public, but since the late 1980's there has been some tourism, hunting etc. allowed.

During the attack on Pearl Harbour, Niʻihau became known for the "Niʻihau Incident" a.k.a. the Battle of Niʻihau: one of the Japanese pilots headed for Pearl Harbour crashed on the island and was imprisoned by local villagers. Some local Japanese residents switched sides and helped him escape, but he was later recaptured and killed. The incident directly influenced the Roosevelt administration to remove more than 100,000 persons of Japanese background from the West Coast and place them in internment camps in the interior of the country.

The island was also seriously considered as the location for the headquarters of the United Nations by Franklin D. Roosevelt; and, in the 2008 US presidential elections was one of only 3 [out of 538] electoral precincts in Hawaii that DIDN'T vote for Barack Obama.


http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigation/the-niihau-incident/
http://capital-of-the-world.com/full-appendix/
http://elections.hawaii.gov/election-results/

 
spursystarman
1218675.  Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:32 pm Reply with quote

chrisrainier wrote:
Ni'ihau [pronounced "Nigh-ay-aw"] - the westernmost inhabited of the Hawaiian islands, nicknamed The Forbidden Isle, privately owned by the Robinson Family after the original owner, a Scot called Elizabeth Sinclair, died in 1892. She purchased it from the Hawaiian king Kamehameha V in 1864 for $10,000 in gold.
Incidentally, King Kamehameha V's full name before he became king was Lota Liholiho Kapuāiwa Kalanimakua Kalanikapuapaikalaninui Aliʻiolani Kalani-a-Kekūanaōʻa.
Generally off-limits to the public, but since the late 1980's there has been some tourism, hunting etc. allowed.

During the attack on Pearl Harbour, Niʻihau became known for the "Niʻihau Incident" a.k.a. the Battle of Niʻihau: one of the Japanese pilots headed for Pearl Harbour crashed on the island and was imprisoned by local villagers. Some local Japanese residents switched sides and helped him escape, but he was later recaptured and killed. The incident directly influenced the Roosevelt administration to remove more than 100,000 persons of Japanese background from the West Coast and place them in internment camps in the interior of the country.

The island was also seriously considered as the location for the headquarters of the United Nations by Franklin D. Roosevelt; and, in the 2008 US presidential elections was one of only 3 [out of 538] electoral precincts in Hawaii that DIDN'T vote for Barack Obama.


http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigation/the-niihau-incident/
http://capital-of-the-world.com/full-appendix/
http://elections.hawaii.gov/election-results/

Actually the pronunciation is "nee-ee-how" with a glottal stop between the two pairs of "ee"s. I could write it in IPA but the symbol for a glottal stop does not appear on the keyboard - it's basically a dotless question mark. Ni'ihau is now I believe a privately-owned island where only the Hawaiian language is used (hooray! Or ho'opihoihoi!)

 

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