101 - Weekly Witchy Challenge – Land Beneath Our Feet. Challenge Entry - Garnet
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The Forbidden Island (Pop.170)
There is a privately owned island in the Hawaiian island chain. It is called Ni’ihau and is comprised of one giant extinct volcano; that last erupted roughly 350,000 years ago according to volcanologists. The present island of Ni’ihau is all that remains of the southwestern slope of that giant volcano, which collapsed into the ocean in a huge landslide. Ni’ihau is estimated to be 4.9-6 million years old . Unbelievably this tiny island is probably the oldest island in the chain.
It was sold to Elizabeth Sinclair-Robinson, in 1864 by King Kamehameha V & the kingdom of Hawaii for $10,000 (– that’s almost $325,000 in today’s $'s. ). With her promise to preserve the “Kahiki” or native Hawaiian Culture. It’s amazing! The Village of Pu’uwai still speak a dialect that is a variation of Hawaiian and continue to practice hula. In this dance, not only is it beautiful and entertaining but also a way to preserve and pass on their history. This is a self-sustainable island. These people believe that the land isn’t considered the property of the native Hawaiians. No lease, no rent, no police, they live freely & do subsistence farming, working on the Robinson family farm, or by living on welfare support .
Lifestyle of a bygone era.
Transportation is by horse, there are no paved roads. Wild sheep, boar, and cattle roam the land, also freely. No electricity, telephone service, plumbing or running water. Solar power is used to run their homes. Native aren’t allowed to drink or have guns and attend church on Sundays. What a dream.
An extinct volcano would represent fire.
The white beaches and Pacific Ocean pays homage to Water.
The Sky is air in all its glory.
And the Earth…ah–the earth.
Photo credit: Christopher P. Becker via Wikimedia Commons
The Forbidden Island
In 1952, outsiders were forbidden due to a polio outbreak on the Hawaiian Islands. In order to protect the natives, the Robinson family decided to revoke visiting rights to anyone who did not live on the island. And although the polio epidemic is long behind them, the island of Ni‘ihau is still off-limits to the general public, and visitors require an invitation from the current island caretakers, the Robinson family.
It is still open to visitors but by special invitation only.
A large effort has been made to protect the [endangered flora and fauna] (http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/hawaii_plantsman_confounds_green.htm) that is native to the islands of Hawaii. .There is an effort to commit to the preservation and cultivation of the life and culture of not only Ni‘ihau but the rest of Hawaii as well.
The island is in the rain shadow of Kauai. So the island gets very little rain and has an arid climate. BUT! Ni’ihau is home to Hawaii’s largest lake, the 840-acre Lake Halalii…although it’s an intermittent lake that appears after rainfall.
## Gracious Goddess and Consort
If there is any paradise on Earth left,
It is the island of Ni’ihau, unspoiled by civilization
People who are the salt of the earth.
Mankind as it was and should be.
Thank you for the Fire below it [volcano]
Thank you for the Air above it.
Thank you for the miraculous Ocean
Thank you for the earth and its blessings
I was so blessed to have found this historical gem in the ocean.
PS: Niihau has taken up a relationship with the U.S. military, which actually began in World War II when a Japanese fighter pilot crash-landed on the island only to be killed by the Niihauans. Niihau: Hawaii's "Forbidden Island" That's In Dangerous Decline