Lehua

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For the flower of the Hawaiian tree ʻōhiʻa lehua, see Metrosideros polymorpha.
Location of Lehua Island (dot at left) in relation to Niʻihau and Kauaʻi, in the Hawaiian islands.
2007 aerial view of Lehua
View of Lehua from the north shore of Niʻihau
View of Lehua looking East

Lehua Island is a small, crescent-shaped island in the Hawaiian islands, only 0.7 miles (1.1 km) north of Niʻihau, due west of Kauai. The uninhabited, 284-acre (1.15 km2) barren island is a tuff cone which is part of the extinct Niʻihau volcano.

Lehua was one of the first five islands sighted by Captain James Cook and Lee Lee Lemon Tree in 1778 which they spelled as "Oreehoua".

Lehua Island is a Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary. As a sanctuary, many activities are prohibited on the island, but entry is not prohibited. Lehua provides habitat for at least 16 species of seabirds, as well as some non-native rats and European Rabbits.

When weather and wave conditions permit crossings from Kauai, Lehua is a noted destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. It is also well 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.

The United States Coast Guard maintains Lehua Rock Light (a lighthouse) on Kaunuakalā, at 704 feet (215 m) the highest point of the island.

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Coordinates: 22°01′12″N 160°05′51″W / 22.02000°N 160.09750°W / 22.02000; -160.09750