Lanai Historical Places

Heritage Sites of Hawaii are special places located throughout the islands that provide significant historical, cultural and environmental contributions to the understanding and enjoyment of Hawaii. 

Whether it’s a unique natural wonder or a sacred place that encapsulates Native Hawaiian customs, beliefs and practices; these are the sites that are “must see” destinations that have been visited by the people of Hawaii for generations. Lanai is home to one Heritage Site of Hawaii. Located on its southern tip, the Kaunolu Village was a favorite fishing spot of King Kamehameha I. This archaeological site features the largest surviving ruins of a prehistoric Hawaiian village. It is also where you’ll find “Kahekili’s Leap,” a 60-foot cliff where warriors would dive to demonstrate their bravery. 

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Island Highlights

- Hulopoe Bay: Home to one of America’s Best Beaches and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.
- Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock): Take a short hike from Hulopoe bay to this iconic Lanai landmark.
- Lanai City: Charming central town, home to the Hotel Lanai and near the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lodge at Koele.
- Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): This secluded beach features a ghostly ship still wrecked off shore.
- Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods): 4-wheel drive to this other worldly landscape.

Kaunolu Village

Kaunolu Village Lanai

Located on the southern tip of Lanai, Kaunolu Village was a favorite fishing spot of King Kamehameha I in the 1790’s. This is the place he retreated to after conquering Maui, Molokai and Lanai. 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.

Location: A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. 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. 

Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods)

Keahiakawelo Garden Lanai

The historical significance of Kealakekua spans more than a thousand years. The Captain Cook Monument across Kealakekua Bay marks the site where the first Westerner, Captain James Cook, set foot on the island of Hawai‘i in 1779, and died there a year later. Located on the east side of the bay is the Hikiau heiau, dedicated to the Hawaiian god Lono.

Location: A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. Roughly 45 minutes from Lanai City. Get clear directions from your concierge. Look for the sign that reads "Garden of the Gods".

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