Looking South

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Po'ooneone Beach is swept continuously by the trade winds and by high surf. A short distance inland is the semi-dry Lake Halali'i. This lake and a few smaller ones were full and the vegetation was lush when the Sinclair family bought the island from King Kamehameha IV in 1863 for $10,000, choosing it over Waikiki, Pearl Harbor and Lanai. Since then constant drought has rendered it useless for farming or ranching.

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