The Forbidden Island • The Forbidden Island

Just 17 miles off the coast of Kauai lies — Niihau — the smallest of the Hawaiian islands. For over 150 years, Niihau banned all visitors from the outside world, earning the nickname “the forbidden island.” Given its extreme exclusivity, Niihau attracts the attention of travelers and celebrities wishing to stay on its shores. But it’s the backstory behind Niihau that’s more fascinating than its restricted status. Photo Credit: maps4media / Getty Images

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