This Hawaiian Island Is Banned To General Public — But Why?

Since 1952 the Hawaiian island of Niihau has been largely off-limits to the general public. As a result, the “forbidden island” is highly sought by travelers who want to visit it. Geographically, Niihau sits on an extinct volcano, which had a landslide on its eastern side, and the total surface of the island is 10 by 30 kilometers in size.

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