Kaunolu Village

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Kaunolu Village

What: Remains of a historic fishing retreat, spectacular views
Where: Southern tip of Lanai
More Info: Four-wheel drive required
 
Located on the southern tip of Lanai, Kaunolu Village was a fishing village until the 1880s, when it was abandoned. Back in its day, the village was a favorite fishing spot of King Kamehameha I and was where he retreated to after conquering Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Now the largest surviving ruins of a prehistoric Hawaiian village, the site was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1962 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
 
Here you’ll find a spectacular view of Shark Fin Cove and Lanai’s southern sea cliffs, the remains of Halulu heiau (sacred temple), petroglyphs and “Kehekili’s Leap,” where warriors would demonstrate their bravery by diving off a 60-foot cliff. This is a sacred place, so please be respectful.
 
To get to Kaunolu Village you’ll need a four-wheel drive vehicle. Take Hwy. 440 west of Lanai City toward Kaumalapau Harbor. Go past the airport turnoff and take the next left on Kaupili Rd., an unmarked dirt road. Travel approximately 2.5 miles to a yellow standpipe on the right. Turn right on this rocky road, which descends downhill about 3 miles to Kaunolu Village. Since most of Lanai’s roads are unpaved, don’t hesitate to ask your hotel concierge for help.