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About Kahoolawe Island

Information about the uninhabited island of Kahoolawe in Hawaii's Maui County. The Kahoolawe Island is located between the islands of Maui and Lanai and it is approximately 45 square miles in size. It has been knownas the "forgotten isle", the "desolate isle", and the "target isle". Kahoolawe has been used at different times as a penal colony, a ranch, a forest reserve, and a military training and testing ground.

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Base Camp at Honokanaia on Kahoolawe Island
Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr (USGS)

There are no hotels, restaurants or any type of tourism infrastructure on Kahoolawe. There is still a danger of visitors encountering unexploded ordnance on the island so access is limited to those who receive permission from the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission Access is only considered for purposes related to restoration, education, and Hawaiian culture.

Frequently Asked Qeestions About Kahoolawe
Frequently asked questions and answers about Kahoolawe Island, provided courtesy of the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC).

Articles About Kahoolawe
A collection of articles about Kahoolawe.

Satellite Image of Kahoolawe
A satellite image of Kahoolawe from the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Kahoolawe Organizations and Agencies

Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission
An organization established by the Hawaiian State Legislature for the following purposes: (1) Preservation and practice of all rights customarily and traditionally exercised by the native Hawaiians for cultural, spiritual, and subsistence purposes (2) Preservation and protection of its archaeological, historical, and environmental resources (3) Rehabilitation, re-vegetation, habitat restoration, and preservation, and (4) Education. Kahoolawe is to be preserved in perpetuity for the above uses. Commercial uses are strictly prohibited by Hawaii state law.

Protect Kahoolawe Ohana
An advocacy group working to gain access to Kahoolawe Island for religious, cultural, educational, and scientific activities.

More Kahoolawe Resources
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- Wikipedia Kahoolawe Article

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