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Lanai Historic Places

From King Kamehameha’s favorite summer fishing spot to the remains of an ancient fishing village, Lanai’s historic sites and landmarks offer glimpses into the past.

Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods)

Uninhabited 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, rocky landscape of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods); embark on a 4-wheel-drive adventure to see this lunar landscape.
 
Kaunolu Fishing Village
Lanai was a sovereign land until King Kamehameha I united the Hawaiian islands into one royal monarchy in 1810. See the remains of Kamehameha’s favorite summer fishing retreat, an archaeological site near Lanai’s southern cliffs that features the largest surviving ruins of a prehistoric Hawaiian Village. The National Historic Landmark and Heritage Site of Hawaii is also home to the remains of Halulu heiau (a religious temple), petroglyphs and Kahekili’s Leap, a cliff where warriors would prove their bravery by diving more than 60-feet into the ocean below.

The Four Seasons Lanai & Munro Trail

Lanai was eventually purchased and converted into a cattle ranch, and The Four Seasons Lanai, The Lodge at Koele now resides in the area that was once the center of the island’s ranching operations. As a former manager of this ranch, George Munro made an indelible mark on the landscape by planting the first of the island’s many Cook pine trees in the early 1900s to reforest. Hike, bike or 4-wheel-drive up the tree-lined Munro Trail — named after the visionary—to Lanai’s highest point.

Lanai City

Charming Lanai City has a rustic, small-town feel rooted in its ranching and pineapple plantation past. Stay at the historic Hotel Lanai, built in 1923 as a retreat for pineapple pioneer James Dole’s executives and guests. This plantation-style hotel blends the spirit of the past with the comforts and amenities of today.

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