Chasing Daylight on Lāna‘i

Taking an island romp on Lāna‘i can find you slinging arrows . . . or mud . . . or more.


Lanaʻi Hawaii

Another Day, Another Adventure

Lāna‘i Cycles offers a three-hour downhill tour of the island’s east and west sides. Winding your way down to the ocean, you’ll have stunning views of Lāna‘i’s dramatic coastline, Maui, Moloka‘i and a decades-old shipwreck. Then get shuttled back up for a two-wheeled tour of Lāna‘i City, a town so cute you’ll feel as though you stepped onto a movie set. Continue down to the seaside cliffs on the island’s west coast. Your guide will shuttle you to and from Mānele Harbor. To make the 8 a.m. tour, take the 6:45 a.m. ferry from Lahaina. $180 per biker. 1-808-563-0535 | 

If the island’s summit, Lāna‘ihale, isn’t socked in with rain, hiking the Munro Trial offers a challenge with panoramic payoffs. The 12.8-mile trail follows the spine of the mountain. Tip: have Rabaca’s Limo Service drop you at the old Kō‘ele Lodge golf clubhouse and take the well-marked Koloiki Ridge Trail that links up with the Munro Trail. The Lāna‘i Guide, a free smartphone app, will track your footsteps so you won’t get lost. It’s user-friendly and informative, with descriptions of the landscape and culture. It’s a three-hour hike from the clubhouse to Koloiki Overlook and back. Or venture further on the trail to the island’s 3370-foot summit. Call Rabaca’s, 1-808-559-0230, for a shuttle back to the harbor.

The simplest and least expensive adventure: Take the .38-mile walk from Lāna‘i Harbor to Hulopo‘e Beach. Pack a snorkel mask, reef shoes and sneakers to spend the day exploring the reef, wading in the tide pools, and hiking the Pu‘u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock) Trail that takes you out along the left side of the bay along the cliffs for glimpses of hidden beaches and a sweet view of Pu‘u Pehe islet. Walk up the hill (approximately 1,000 feet), and treat yourself to lunch at the Four Seasons Resort’s Sports Bar or poolside at Malibu Farms. Camping is available; email seventy-two hours prior to camp date for info and reservations.



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