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Shipwreck Beach Photo Shipwreck Beach, Lanai City

Since the 19th century this blustery, eight-mile stretch of beach has sent numerous ships aground in its shallow, rocky channel. A 1940's oil-tanker, the "Liberty Ship," is still resting here in Kaiolohia Bay, giving the beach an eerie feel.

- Located on the northeast side of the island
- Ruins of an old lighthouse at Kaiolohia
- Views of Molokai and Maui
- Great for beachcombing and exploring
- Swimming not advised

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Munro Trail Photo Munro Trail, Lanai City

The Munro Trail is one of Hawaii 's most widely recognized trails. This rough dirt road is best navigated in a 4 x 4. The trail extends through rain forests and to the summit of Mount Lanaihale, 3,370 feet above sea level, Lanai's highest point. At this level, six other Hawaiian islands can be viewed. From the summit the trail leads down to the Palawai Basin.

About three miles into the trail is Maunalei Gulch, meaning "mountain lei", named for the lei-like appearance of clouds that typically hover around this area. Here is also the site where in about 1778, Lanai was blockaded by invaders from the Big Island. The Lanai forces took their last stand in this valley and were eventually starved and killed.

- Do not leave the main trail, dangerous road conditions
- No facilities
- Bring food and water
- Fill your gas tank before setting out

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Kanepuu Preserve

The Kanepuu Preserve is a rare forest protected by The Nature Conservancy. Rare plant species that grow no place else on earth grow here. Among the trees are lama, a native ebony; and aiea, once used for canoe building.

- Located on Kanepuu Highway, about 20 minutes north west from Lanai City
- Bring walking shoes and your camera
- Covers 590 acres, home to 48 species of native plants
- Short, self-guided tour
- Larger groups can arrange for a guided tour by the Nature Conservancy

For more information, call the Nature Conservancy at 808-537-4508

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Garden of the Gods Photo Keahikawelo, The Garden of the Gods

Keahiakawelo, also known as Garden of the Gods, is a rock garden with a landscape like Mars. It's covered with stacks of eerie rock towers in varying sizes. The rock formations, created by centuries of erosion, take on amazing colors of orange, red and purple just before sunset. 

- At the end of Polihua road
- One of Lanai's most popular attractions
- Bring your camera
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No Photo Available Halulu Heiau, Ancient ruins

This heiau (temple) is well preserved. Located in the ancient fishing village of Kaunolu, King Kamehemeha used to vacation here because of its excellent fishing. This heiau is one of the last built.

- Located 2 miles down a very rough, rocky road
- Accessed only with 4 x 4
- This is an ancient religious site - PLEASE do not disturb anything!
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No Photo Available Dole Park, Center of Lanai City

- Large, grassy park
- Great place for picnic, laying on a blanket reading, or playing frisbee
- Filled with towering pines, providing just the right amount of shade

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Luahiwa Petroglyphs Photo Luahiwa Petroglyphs, South Central Lanai

These ancient carvings in stone were created by the ancient Hawaiians possibly as early as the 15th century. Few petroglyphs in Hawaii are so well preserved as on Lanai.

- PLEASE respect this ancient site
- Any contact with the petroglyphs damages them
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Keomoku Village, A Great Little Escape
East Coast, Lanai

If you'd like to get off the tourist trail, take a drive to Keomoku Village. This former ranching and fishing village was the first non-Hawaiian settlement on Lanai, but it dried up due to droughts which put an end to the Maunalei Sugar Company. This little village has been a ghost town since the 1950's. All that's left is a 1903 church in need of much repair and an overgrown graveyard. You will find however, a great view across the Auau Channel of Maui's Kaanapali Beach, and some very deserted beaches that are perfect for a picnic or a snorkel.

- Follow Keomoku Road for 8 miles to the coast, turn right on the sandy road, go 5-3/4 miles.

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No Photo Available Palawai Basin, Remains of an Ancient Volcano

The fertile Palawai Basin was once the location of one of the world's largest pineapple plantations. It is currently used mainly for grazing and is a large open plain with towering pine trees and unobscured views. Millions of years ago, a single volcano created the island of Lanai. Palawai Basin is all that remains of this volcano.

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