Polihua Beach, Lanai
Secluded, off-the-beaten-track beach on Lanai’s northwest shore
North from Lanai City, take Polihua Road beyond Keahiakawelo
For visitors looking for an off-the-beaten-track getaway, Lanai offers the secluded sands of Polihua Beach. Around 100 kilometres from Lanai City and about a half-hour past Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) , Polihua is a 3-kilometre stretch of beach across the channel from Molokai. Hawaii’s green sea turtles (honu) have been known to frequent this shoreline and humpback whales can be spotted from here during the winter months. Please note that if you do encounter endangered turtles do not touch or disturb them.
The current here is incredibly strong so swimming is not advised and is extremely discouraged. However, visitors will find this remote area a great place to beachcomb and sunbathe. It’s not out of the ordinary to find yourself alone along Polihua’s long, uninhabited stretches of sand. Polihua Beach can only be accessed by 4-wheel drive. Be sure to fill your fuel tank and ask your concierge for clear directions.