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The Adventures Of The Griswalds

Exploring the island of Lanai

March 24, 2016

Today was the day we had set aside to explore the island of Lanai.

Keith and Andrea started the day with an early morning walk around Hulopoe Bay to Sweetheart Rock. After the walk, we all met for breakfast.

After breafast, we took off in a four-wheel drive provided by the hotel. Our first destination was Polihua Beach, a remote beach on the northwest shore of the island. Lanai has only about 48km of paved roads, so a four-wheel drive is mandatory. The "highway" to Polihua was a very rough dirt road but the drive was worth it: Polihua Beach is a beautiful place, with a nice view across to the island of Molokai.

After a walk along the beach, we hopped back in the car and headed to Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods). Keahiakawelo is a placed revered in Hawaiian culture. It is like a Martian landscape, covered in large rocks and red dirt.

Our next stop was Lanai City, the capital of the island. To call it a city is a bit of stretch. There are no traffic lights, there is no public transport, and there are two small streets that make up the main part of the town. It's fair to day that exploring all that the town had to offer did not take too long.

After a day of driving around, we headed back to the hotel to pack and check out. We then drove to the airport to catch our evening flight to Honolulu. In Honolulu we picked up a lovely new Mercedes GLE and jammed our luggage into it for the drive to the Trump Tower hotel.

After checking in to the hotel, we walked around the corner to the Denny's diner, where we indulged in milkshakes and BLT sandwiches!

Keith, trying to sort out various camera accessories.
Keith, trying to sort out various camera accessories.
The cove around the beach from Hulopoe Bay.
The cove around the beach from Hulopoe Bay.
Keith and Andrea, looking back to the Four Seasons hotel.
Keith and Andrea, looking back to the Four Seasons hotel.
Puu Pehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock.
Puu Pehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock.
Looking back across a rock pool to the hotel.
Looking back across a rock pool to the hotel.
The view having breakfast.
The view having breakfast.
Matt and Andrea, at Polihua Beach.
Matt and Andrea, at Polihua Beach.
Matt, Andrea, and Tim, at Polihua Beach.
Matt, Andrea, and Tim, at Polihua Beach.
Matt, keith, and Tim, at Polihua Beach.
Matt, keith, and Tim, at Polihua Beach.
Christie, Matt, Keith, Andrea, and Tim, at Polihua Beach.
Christie, Matt, Keith, Andrea, and Tim, at Polihua Beach.
Christie, at Polihua Beach.
Christie, at Polihua Beach.
Keith and Christie, at Polihua Beach.
Keith and Christie, at Polihua Beach.
Driving back from Polihua Beach.
Driving back from Polihua Beach.
Tim, at Keahiakawelo.
Tim, at Keahiakawelo.
Christie, at Keahiakawelo.
Christie, at Keahiakawelo.
Looking back to our car, at Keahiakawelo.
Looking back to our car, at Keahiakawelo.
Keahiakawelo.
Keahiakawelo.
Andrea and Matt, at Keahiakawelo.
Andrea and Matt, at Keahiakawelo.
Keith and Andrea, at Keahiakawelo.
Keith and Andrea, at Keahiakawelo.
The highway back from Keahiakawelo.
The highway back from Keahiakawelo.
A picturesque property near the town of Lanai City.
A picturesque property near the town of Lanai City.
One of the (very few!) shops in Lanai City.
One of the (very few!) shops in Lanai City.
The plane for the trip back to Honolulu.
The plane for the trip back to Honolulu.