Once called the Forbidden Isle, now few outsiders visit Ni`ihau. Elizabeth Sinclair bought it from King Kamehameha V in 1864 and the island now is the final preserve of the Hawaiian culture. The Robinsons regulate who can land on the island to protect the Hawaiians from outside influences. Only native Hawaiian is spoken here and there are no phones, lights nor electricity.
The island is only 17 miles from Kauai, yet many hundreds of years distant. A few hundred residents populate the island and I hear they have had financial problems recently. The Robinsons continue to support the "pure" Hawaiian culture. I can only imagine what the island looks like as I have not yet been. Travel is limited and contact with the residents is near impossible.
To measure something you must effect that which is measured. To take the temperature of an ice cube, the thermometer warms up the cube as the cube cools the thermometer. Such is Ni`ihau. It is a shame that to preserve the Hawaiian ways the few hundred residents must refuse contact with outsiders. If you have not yet read the Hawaiian timetable on the NOTES page, please do so. Possibly you will understand my sadness for these people.
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