Information about the small, crescent-shaped, uninhabited island of Lehua in Hawaii.
Lehua is a State of Hawaii wildlife sanctuary, therefore
public access is limited to aras above the high tide mark.
Facts About Lehua Island
TYPE OF ISLAND: Tuff cone of extinct Niihau Volcano
SIZE: ABOUT 284 acres
POPULATION: Uninhabited wildlife sanctuary
LOCATION: 0.7 miles north of Niihau Island, West of Kauai
Snorkeling and Diving Off Lehua
Lehua is a popular snorkeling and scuba diving destination
Lehua Island Wildlife Sanctuary
all activities prohibited without a permit
public access is restricted to areas below the high tide water mark
island is a Hawaii stat3e wildlife santuary
habitat for about 16 species of sea birds
habitat for non-native pacific rats
island's population of european rabbits were3 removed in 2005
Lehua Wildlife Sanctuary Rules (PDF)
Lehua Rock Lighthouse
The United States Coast Guard maintains Lehua Rock Light
(a lighthouse) on Kaunuakala, at 704 feet (215 m) the
highest point of the island.
Rabbits and Rats on Lehua Island
In 2005 and 2006, all rabbits were removed from the island
through intensive hunting efforts. With the rabbits already
gone and the rats hopefully eradicated, plant communities
and seabirds are expected to recover quickly on their own.
Following verification of rat elimination on the island,
restoration of several native plant and invertebrate species
will begin. Eradication of rats and rabbits from Lehua Island
should increase the populations of threatened and endangered
seabirds using the island and also give all native species
a better chance of survival.
One of firest 5 islands sighted by Captain James Cook in 1778
Hhe spelled it "Oreehoua".
completely barren? no vegetation at all?
known for an unusual geological formation dubbed "the keyhole".
Located in one of the crescent's narrow arms, this is a tall,
thin notch cut from one side, all the way through to the other
side of the arm.
Pictures of Lehua Island
A photo gallery featuring a collection of pitures
of the island of Lehua in Hawaii.
Wikipedia Lehua Article
Final Environmental Assessment (PDF)
Island Conservation Dot Org - Lehua Island Restoration
Eradicating Rats on Lehua Island (PDF)
Partnership of Orgs to Survey Rats on Lehua Island
Eradicating Rats on Lehua Island
Lehua Island Ecosystem Restoration Plan
Environmental Assessment for Lehua Ecosystem Restoration
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