Hiking Munro Trail, Lanai – Image courtesy of gohawaii.com
Top attractions on Lanai
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Hike into Keahikawelo, also known as the ‘Garden of the Gods’. Don’t expect lush green tropical forest here. It is instead a unique area of buttes, peaks, canyons, rocks and boulders formed by centuries of erosion. Some appear sculptured while others sit atop locations and seem ready to just drop off and roll away at any moment.
Best time to visit is during the late afternoon and at dusk when the setting sun casts a warm orange glow on the rock sculptures illuminating them in brilliant reds and purples.
Rent a four-wheel drive and explore the 11km one-lane dirt road that offers sweeping views among the majestic Cook pine trees. The rustic Munro Trail is named for George Munro, the naturalist from New Zealand who arrived here in 1890.
The 487m-long climb takes you to the top of Mount Lanaihale, Lanai's highest peak at 1026m, as well as past the stunning canyon views of Maunalei gulch and neighbouring Maui.
Bring a light jacket and a picnic hamper to take advantage of those great views. The four-wheel drive trek takes about three hours, so buckle up and enjoy ride.