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So there are historic sites that come with grand views to be found all around the island of Lanai!

And one of the ways to get experience a bit of history and beautiful views is by visiting the Garden of the Gods!

 

Driving to Garden of the Gods. Driving to Polihua Beach. Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

The Garden of the Gods aka Keahiakawelo is one of the spots on Lanai that’s usually recommended to go to when you’re on Lanai for a few days, or if you’re looking to do a drive around the island.

This is one of the Lanai activities that will have you driving on an unpaved road to get there.

 

Best Lanai jeep drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. 4x4, 4wd, 4 wheel drive. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

So in order to drive to the Garden of the Gods, it’s basically off-road driving. I’m pretty sure basically all rental cars on Lanai are 4-wheel-drive, so if you rent a car, you will more than likely be fine to do this drive!

You’ll take a dirt road, and eventually you will come to what looks like a whole bunch of big rocks. It’ll give you grand coastal views too.

 

Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. 4x4, 4wd, 4 wheel drive, off-road dirt. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. 4x4, 4wd, 4 wheel drive, off-road dirt. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. 4x4, 4wd, 4 wheel drive, off-road dirt. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

 

 

And if you are interested in learning a bit about Hawaiian culture, you can find informational signs all around Lanai that will give you a glimpse into what life for Hawaiians was like on Lanai long ago. You can also find these signs at the Garden of the Gods to learn a bit about the significance of this historic site.

 

As explained once you reach the Garden of the Gods Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook:

The region around Keahiakawelo is one of the most significant storied landscapes on Lanai.

There are numerous traditions describing how native Hawaiians were able to survive on Lanai.

The view plane from Keahiakawelo opens out to the eastern end of Molokai.

 

It’s also mentioned that you can visit the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center to further explore Lanai history. This is located in the main town area of Lanai City.

 

Garden of the Gods Lanai. Keahiakawelo historic site information. Lanai history. Hawaiian history. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

 

Can you get to Garden of the Gods without a car?

If you don’t mind a SOLID day hike (aka LONG day hike), then you can also visit Garden of the Gods even if you’re on Lanai without a car.

You can get dropped off by the Lanai shuttle at the end of the paved road, and from there it’s around 6 miles to the Garden of the Gods.

So you can think of it of at least a 12+ mile round trip hike. You’ll be walking the same road the cars drive. Here is google maps for reference.

If you’re lucky, maybe some local fisherman will offer you a ride to cut down on your hiking time and distance. But it’s probably best not to rely on this!

Most people will drive to Garden of the Gods, and then further on to Polihua Beach.

 

 

Electric mountain biking tour to Garden of the Gods

Mountain biking to Garden of the Gods Lanai. ebike tour. lanai mountain biking tour. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

You can also go by ebike to Garden of the Gods through a Lanai Adventure Park tour. If you are traveling solo to Lanai, this is cheaper than renting a jeep on Lanai for a day! It wouldn’t be unusual for a car rental on Lanai to cost around $200 a day. (If you are 2 people, it probably isn’t too big of a price difference when comparing the mountain biking tour vs car rental.)

 

 

More below about Garden of the Gods!

 

 

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Now…

More PHOTOS from the trip to Garden of the Gods!

Including how to get there!

The start of the direct road to Garden of the Gods is located near the main town area of Lanai City in the middle of the island.

You’ll be driving away from town, past the Four Seasons Sensei Lanai wellness resort, past a small Hawaiian church, and you might see some horses too.

 

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods and Polihua Trail. lanai hawaii travel blog

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods and Polihua Trail. driving by four seasons sensei lanai wellness resort. lanai hawaii travel blog

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods and Polihua Trail. driving by historic hawaiian church. lanai hawaii travel blog

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods and Polihua Trail. driving by horse ranch. lanai hawaii travel blog

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods and Polihua Trail. lanai hawaii travel blog

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods and Polihua Trail. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

Garden of the Gods is on google maps listed as Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods), so you can use that to generally navigate away from Lanai City.

You can also use the mapsme app (you’ll download the Hawaii map) to find the road that leads to Garden of the Gods. (I also used mapsme to find the start of the Koloiki Ridge Trail.)

It’s right after the entrance to the Lanai Ranch that the road becomes an unpaved road.

 

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods and Polihua Trail. driving by lanai ranch. lanai horse stables. lanai hawaii travel blog

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods and Polihua Trail. driving by lanai ranch. lanai horse stables. lanai hawaii travel blog

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods and Polihua Trail. driving by lanai ranch. lanai horse stables. lanai hawaii travel blog

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods. Starting the drive to Polihua Trail, Kanepuu highway. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

When I used the mapsme app, the Lanai Ranch was marked as “stables at Koele.”

 

Map of getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods and Polihua Trail. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

And then once you start driving on Polihua Trail, you can simply follow the road, and you shouldn’t have any problem. There are some directional signs along the way.

Just remember, Keahiakawelo is Garden of the Gods!

So onwards you drive until you see a big fields of rocks and boulders!

 

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods. Starting the drive to Polihua Trail, Kanepuu highway. lanai hawaii travel blog

Getting from Lanai City to Garden of the Gods. Starting the drive to Polihua Trail, Kanepuu highway. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive past Kanepuu preserve to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

Getting to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The Lanai road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The Lanai road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

When you start to see a few big rocks, you’ll know you’re getting closer! (But you’re not quite there!)

 

The Lanai road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

getting to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The Lanai road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The Lanai road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The Lanai road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The Lanai road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The Lanai road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

The Lanai road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

And then… you’ve made it to the Garden of the Gods of Lanai!

 

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

Garden of the Gods Lanai. hawaii travel blog

 

And then…

What to do after your trip to Garden of the Gods?!

Getting to Polihua Beach. Garden of the Gods to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

 

Polihua Beach

If you’re driving, you can keep going further along the road towards the secluded at remote Polihua Beach! It’s possible that you might be the only one there!

Also, as explained by the people of Lanai at the Garden of the Gods site:

From Keahiakawelo, the 4×4 trail becomes more rugged as you descend towards Polihua Beach.

It’s also noted that there are 2 more historical sites that can be found in the area:

  • The Point of Kaena (Lae O Kaʻena)
  • Heiau at Kaʻena Iki, said to be Lanai’s largest ancient Hawaiian temple

It is listed that the “only access to these sites is found along rugged coastal trails that are not marked.” Happy adventuring on Lanai! If you are interested in finding these sites, you might stop in to the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center for tips!

 

On your way back from Garden of the Gods and Polihua Beach, you can also stop by the Kanepuu Overlook and the Kanepuu Dryland Forest Preserve Trail. You’ll have passed signs for each of these on your way to Garden of the Gods. So you can make a stop at these places on your way to Garden of the Gods too.

 

Kanepuu Overlook

getting to Kanepuu overlook. lanai city to garden of the gods. lanai hawaii travel blog

getting to Kanepuu overlook. lanai city to garden of the gods. lanai hawaii travel blog

getting to Kanepuu overlook. lanai city to garden of the gods. lanai hawaii travel blog

getting to Kanepuu overlook. lanai city to garden of the gods. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

Kanepuu Dryland Forest Preserve Trail

The Lanai road you'll drive to get to Garden of the Gods and to Polihua Beach. lanai hawaii travel blog

getting to Kanepuu dryland forest preserve trail. lanai city to garden of the gods. lanai hawaii travel blog

getting to Kanepuu dryland forest preserve trail. lanai city to garden of the gods. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

And then when you’re ready, you can head back towards Koele, where you came from!

 

koele, lanai city to garden of the gods. lanai hawaii travel blog

koele, lanai city to garden of the gods. lanai hawaii travel blog

koele, lanai city to garden of the gods. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

And that’s a bit about driving on Lanai to see Garden of the Gods!

 

See more of Lanai:

Plus see the best of West Maui.

 

HAPPY VISIT TO GARDEN OF THE GODS!

 

Driving to Garden of the Gods. Driving to Polihua Beach. Best Lanai drives: Garden of the Gods Lanai. Keahiakawelo historic site and scenic overlook. lanai hawaii travel blog

 

 

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