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Lānaʻi Regions

Hawaiʻi’s smallest populated island marries the thrill of unique adventures with the heart and relaxed nature of a small town experience in Lānaʻi City. Travelers utilizing the free downloadable Lānaʻi Guide app can embark on their own self-guided walking tour of Lānaʻi City with the app's augmented reality feature or be guided on driving tours or towards community supported hikes. Just 30 of Lānaʻi’s 400 miles of road are paved, so to really explore this fascinating island you’ll need four-wheel drive and a full tank of gas. Be sure to drive slow on such roads so as not to "dust out" other road users. And be sure to give fellow drivers a friendly "Lānaʻi wave." Stay out of restricted areas, as hunting is common on Lānaʻi. 

Here’s a look at Lānaʻi’s three distinct regions
Hawaiʻi’s smallest populated island is filled with outdoor adventures. Just 30 of Lānaʻi’s 400 miles of road are paved, so to really explore this fascinating island you’ll need four-wheel drive and a full tank of gas. Be sure to stop in the historic town of Lānaʻi City to fill up and to pick up lunch and snacks. Residents also recommend booking with a locally-owned tour company to maximize your learning about the unique history and culture of Lānaʻi.

Regions of Lānaʻi

Central Lānaʻi
Sunset behind ohia lehua trees in Central Lanai
Hike among native ʻōhiʻa lehua trees or go on a horseback riding adventure amongst lush valleys and ironwood forests, plus see heritage sites and more on guided UTV tours.
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North Lānaʻi
Hiking at Keahiakawelo, the Garden of the Gods, in North Lanai
Stunning beaches and rugged nature preserves offer the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure on the north side of the island.
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South Lānaʻi
Looking out at Puu Pehe in South Lanai
You won’t want to miss visiting the spectacular Hulopoʻe Bay for snorkeling and sunbathing, or a picnic overlooking Puʻu Pehe.
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Lanai City
Historic Dole Park, formerly a village of houses for Dole Plantation employees, is now home to eclectic art galleries, boutiques and cafes.
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Munro Trail
Download the free Lānaʻi Guide app for community-supported hikes, self-guided driving, walking tours and history. All of which will foster a deeper cultlural understanding of and respect for this unforgettable island.
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Four-wheel drive about a half-hour north from Lānaʻi City and you’ll discover Kaiolohia.
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Kanepuu Preserve
The Nature Conservancy protects this forest, which contains the largest remnants of olopua/lama dry land forest in Hawaiʻi.
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Keahiakawelo is an otherworldly rock garden at the end of rocky Polihua Road.
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Polihua Beach
For visitors looking for an off-the-beaten-path getaway, Lānaʻi offers the secluded sands of Polihua Beach.
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Hulopoe Bay
Hulopoʻe Bay greets you with a stunning expanse of pearl-white sand and crystal blue waters.
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Kaumalapau Harbor
This is one of the best and most accessible spots on the island to get an unobstructed view of the sunset.
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Puu Pehe
The iconic Puʻupehe rises majestically 80 feet out of the water and in addition to being a picturesque natural landmark, it is also home to the native ground nesting wedgetailed shearwater birds, uaʻu kani, which can be spotted along this stunning coastal trail. Download the Lānaʻi Guide App to learn more about this culturally significant place.
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Kaunolu Village
The largest surviving ruins of a prehistoric Hawaiian village, this was also a favorite fishing spot of King Kamehameha I, and where he retreated to after conquering Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.
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