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Historic Places on Lanai
From the site of King Kamehameha’s favourite summer fishing spot to the island’s rustic ranching past, you can still visit Lanai’s history today.
Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods)
Uninhabited by ancient Hawaiians until the 1500s, Lanai has always been a place of mystery. One legend speaks of two kahuna (priests) scorching the earth in a contest that created the barren landscape of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods). Take a 4-wheel drive adventure to see this lunar landscape.
Kaunolu Fishing Village
Registered as a National Historic Landmark, the remains of this ancient fishing village are scattered around a windswept bluff near Lanai’s southern cliffs. Once the favourite summer fishing retreat for Kamehameha the Great, this sacred site is also home to the remains of Halulu heiau (religious temple), petroglyphs and “Kahekili’s Leap,” a cliff where warriors would prove themselves by ping more than 20 metres into the ocean below.
In the early 1900s, George Munro, the manager of the Lanai Ranch began to plant Cook pines to reforest Lanai’s dry lands. Today, you can see these towering pine trees when you hike, bike or 4-wheel drive up the Munro Trail, named after this Lanai visionary.
Charming Lanai City has a rustic, small town feel rooted in its ranching and pineapple plantation past. You can still stay at the historic Hotel Lanai, which was built in 1923 as a retreat for pineapple pioneer James D. Dole’s executives and guests. This plantation style hotel reflects the spirit of the past with the comforts and amenities of today.