The Phoenix Islands are a group of 8 islands and several coral reefs located about halfway between Hawaii and Fiji in the south Pacific. The total land area of the islands is just 11 square miles (27.6 km²) and except for two dozen people (as of May 2010) living on Kanton, the largest of the group, the islands are uninhabited. Several attempts to settle or colonize the Phoenix Islands have been made over the past two centuries but all ended in failure with the last residents leaving in 1963.
“Just another Hawaiian island”, you may say. “Golden beaches, palm trees and turquoise waters – every component of a perfect tropical paradise is here, like on many other Hawaiian islands”. And you’ll be wrong. In fact, the island of O’