Sunset views of the "Forbidden Isle" of Niihau from Barking Sands Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

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View of sunset over Niihau from Barking Sands PMRF on western shore of Kauai, Hawaii.

From the beaches of Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility near the beach cottages, you can get an excellent view of the "Forbidden Isle" of Niihau (See description of Niihau from Wikipedia below).  The sunset views are extra amazing but once the sun goes down beyond the horizon you'll be truly amazed at the clarity of the TRILLIONS of STARS you can't see from anywhere else in the world!  (Too bad I can't take a photo of the Milky Way more clearly than anywhere else on the planet-- the only way you can truly see it is to go there!)  Kauai is our favorite island in the State of Hawaii which is saying a lot since we visited all 6 islands during our 4 years living on Oahu--Kauai is the BEST!

For more information on the Barking Sands PMRF see this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Missile_Range_Facility

Niihau is the smallest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands in the U.

S. State of Hawaii, having an area of 69.5 square miles (180 km²).[3] Known as the "Forbidden Isle", Niihau lies 17.5 miles (28 km) across the Kaulakahi Channel, southwest of Kauai, and the crescent-shaped island of Lehua is positioned 0.7 miles (1.1 km) north of Niihau. On the island, one can find the only natural lake of Hawaii, called Lake Halulu.  Owned by Keith Robinson and Bruce Robinson, the island has been privately owned by the Robinson family since 1864.
View of sunset over Niihau from Barking Sands PMRF on western shore of Kauai, Hawaii.
As a result, Niihau is generally off-limits to all but relatives of the island's owners, U.S. Navy personnel, government officials and invited guests. Tourists are able to visit the island through a limited number of supervised tours, including diving, hiking, and hunting safaris. Niʻihau is also referred to as the "Mystery Island", the "Distant Isle" and sometimes the "Forgotten Island", as it is frequently omitted on tourist maps. The island is famous as the location for the Niihau Incident, in which a Japanese fighter pilot crashed on the island and terrorized its residents during World War II. Commercially, the people of Niihau are known internationally for their gemlike shell lei craftsmanship.  [From Wikipedia]

The Beach Cottages at Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai are the best kept secret for military members! The sandy beaches are empty of all those tourists, the waves and sunsets are amazing, and you can't beat the view.  The best place to stay in paradise!

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