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History of Niihau

A brief history of the island of Niihau in Hawaii.

Niihau Was Purchased in 1864
On January 23, 1864, two brothers, Francis Sinclair and James McHutchison Sinclair purchased Niihau Island for $10,000 from King Kamehameha V. (or was it purchased by Elizabeth Sinclair?)

1941 Japanese Crash Landing on Niihau
In 1941 a Japanese pilot crash landed on the Hawaiian island of Niihau while he was trying to fly back to his aircraft carrier after the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor. Two books written about that incident.

Niihau 1958 Position on U.S. Statehood
Niihau residents voted against U.S. statehood in 1959, in a vote of 70 to 18.

Accidental 1965 Bombing of Niihau
On October 5, 1965, the United States Navy accidently bombed Niihau during an aviation night practice mission. The target was suppose to be Kaula Island. Fortunately no one was injured.

1967 Death of Niihau Owner Aylmer Robinson
Niihau owner Aylmer Robinson died on April 2, 1967. In his will he left the island to his brother Lester Robinson and his wife Helen. Their children, Keith and Bruce Robinson will inherit Niihau.

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