Ni‘ihau: The whole island plus Ka‘ula and Lehua

‘Uala (sweet potato) is a staple in the native diet. This plant embodies the deeply rooted nature of the people of Ni‘ihau as people of the earth. Still a well-loved food on the island, Ni‘ihau was famous from centuries ago as a place where ‘uala was found growing profusely there. The plant is entirely edible and also has medicinal properties.

The fish of Ni‘ihau is ‘opihi, as like ‘uala, it clings to the earth tightly like the people of the island cling to their heritage, their language, and their traditions and are resilient like the hard shell of this i‘a.

The color is an earthy tan, whichsignifies connectedness to the land like the ‘uala and ‘opihi.