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Lanai "Hawaii's Most Enticing Island"

Lanai

Lanai is an island of intriguing contrasts. Hike the lunar landscape of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) or picnic overlooking Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock), named for a maiden Puu and her handsome warrior. Two Four Season Resorts pamper you—one along the seaside, the other in the misty mountains—while Hotel Lanai in Lanai City welcomes you with old plantation charm. Whether you’re hiking among native ohia lehua trees on the Munro Trail or making your way to the 18th hole, Lanai is easily Hawaii’s “Most Enticing Island.”

You won’t find a single traffic light here and that’s exactly how the people of Lanai like it. Only nine miles from Maui yet a world away, Lanai can feel like two places. The first is found in luxurious resorts where visitors can indulge in world-class amenities and championship-level golf at The Challenge at Manele and The Experience at Koele. The other is found bouncing along the island’s rugged back-roads in a 4-wheel drive exploring off the beaten path treasures like Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) and Polihua Beach. In fact, only 30 miles of Lanai’s roads are paved.

The smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, Lanai offers big enticements to its visitors. From the stunning views atop the pine-lined Munro Trail to watching the acrobatic spinner dolphins from romantic Hulopoe Bay, Lanai is a special place where you’re sure to find serenity, adventure and intimacy. If you want to get away from it all, get away to Lanai.



 

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Lanai Highlights

Hulopo‘e Bay
Most of the year this protected
bay is the best spot on the
Island for snorkeling, swimming,
 
body boarding
 and exploring
the many tide pools carved out
of volcanic rock. The area has
a beach park with picnic tables,
barbecue grills, restrooms and
showers. As a protected site,
normal practice is to leave every
stone and shell in its place, and
respect all sea mammals and
marine life. This helps preserve
the bay for Hawai‘i’s colorful,
native fish and sea life.
In winter months, swimmers
should avoid the rough conditions.


Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach)
Just offshore, the massive,
rusting hulk of a WWII Liberty
Ship stands marooned on a
reef, anchored in time. The
eight-mile stretch of shore
is a wonderful place to hike
and beachcomb, with some
spectacular viewpoints
(swimming here is not advised).

Kaumalapa‘u Harbor
Here is the main commercial
seaport for LÅna‘i. Perch
yourself atop the stone wall
and treat yourself to a romantic
sunset. From December
through May, you can also spot
humpback whales swimming
just beyond the harbor. And
throughout the year, you may
catch pods of spinner dolphins
splashing offshore.

Kaunolu Village
Enjoy Kaunolu’s serenity atop
a high sea cliff with views of
ocean and sky around you.
Respectfully explore the ruins
of 86 house platforms in this
traditional fishing village and
former royal compound.

Keahiakawelo
Also known as “Garden of
the Gods,” located on the
northwest side of the island. Its
mysterious lunar topography
is populated with boulders and
rock towers. The setting sun
casts a warm orange glow on
the rocks, illuminating them in
brilliant reds and purples.
Keomuku Village
Once a sugar plantation
and small Hawaiian village
supported by fishing,
ranching and farming. The
last residents left this village
in the early 1950s. Today, the
old church, sugar mill ruins
and other historic sites are
being preserved and provide
a glimpse into the history of
Lana‘i.

Lana‘i City
With no traffic lights or traffic
jams, Lana‘i City exists much
as it did almost a century ago.
Go for a stroll and browse the
shops, art galleries, restaurants, 
as well as the Cultural and
Heritage Center that surround
the town square. If you are
visiting over the weekend, be
sure to stop by the Farmer’s
Market, held on the square
every Saturday from 8 a.m.
to noon.

Lana‘i Cultural & Heritage Center
Lana‘i has a rich natural and
cultural landscape. The center
includes Hawaiian artifacts
collected through archaeological
investigations and by
plantation employees over
the years. Historical plantation
era documents and family
memorabilia have also been
donated.

Lana‘ihale
The trail up this 3,370-foot
mountain was named after
George Munro, who planted
pine trees when he discovered
the pine boughs could easily
collect moisture from the air.
Hike or drive up the challenging
Munro Trail for magnificent
views of O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Maui,
Kaho‘olawe and Hawai‘i Island.

Munro Trail
This trail takes you to the top
of Mount Lana‘ihale, Lana‘i’s
highest peak at 3,368 feet. The
rustic trail offers spectacular
views and the 1,600-foot
elevation takes you through
a rain forest filled with ‘Øhi‘a,
lehua, ironwood, eucalyptus
and pine trees. The trail can be
biked or hiked.
Ocean Kayaking
Paddling the pristine north shore
of Lana‘i in a kayak will allow
you to experience up close
one of the largest honu (green
sea turtle) rookeries in Hawai‘i.
Paddlers often see dozens of
honu on a single trip! If you’re
feeling adventurous, paddle the
south shore and explore sea
caves and swim through
lava tubes.

Polihua Beach
You’ll find secluded sands at
this two-mile stretch of beach.
Honu (green sea turtles) are
known to frequent this shoreline
and humpback whales can
be spottted during the winter
months. (Please note the
current here is very strong so
swimming is not advised.)

Pu‘u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)
About 150 feet offshore
between Manele Bay and
Hulopo‘e Bay, Pu‘u Pehe, or
Sweetheart Rock, is a dramatic
natural wonder. The cliffs
overlooking Pu‘u Pehe are a
lovely place to admire with a
loved one.

Snorkeling & Diving Lanai
Hulopo‘e Bay offers wonderful
snorkeling and a chance to
see the area’s lively spinner
dolphins. And for experienced
scuba divers, the hauntingly
beautiful Cathedrals can be
found off Lanai's southern
shore.

Whale Watching Lanai
The clear waters of the Au‘au
Channel between Moloka‘i,
Maui and Lana‘i offer some of
the best whale watching in the
world. You can spot whales
on the ferry between MÅnele
Harbor and Lahaina Harbor
on Maui during whale season
(December through May). And
here are the best spots on

Lana‘i to sight whales:
• Kaiolohia Bay (Shipwreck Beach)
• Keomuku Beach
• Manele Bay


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