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Discovering Lanai: Koele Lodge, Manele Bay, Garden of the Gods, Shipwreck "Kaiolohia" Beach

Updated on January 14, 2012

Lana'i, Hawaii is a beautiful place to visit. The weather is generally colder, but it can be very nice in the summer time. I hope you enjoy photos from my trip there. All photos are owned by my sister, Alex Todd, and cannot be used without her permission.

We stayed at the Koele Lodge, which is near the center of the island. It is a beautiful space with a lake, putting course, gardens and field in the back. The lodge also has a number of amenities and activities available including lawn bowling, tennis courts, horses, golf, tea time, etc. The first group of photos are of the lodge. From koi ponds to Japanese-inspired buildings, this area is breathtakingly beautiful and a pleasure to walk through.

We stayed at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele.  This beautiful statue was directly through the lobby doors.
We stayed at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele. This beautiful statue was directly through the lobby doors. | Source
Koele Lodge buildings surrounding lake.
Koele Lodge buildings surrounding lake. | Source
Koi fish in the pond behind Koele Lodge
Koi fish in the pond behind Koele Lodge | Source
Beautiful, Japan-inspired buildings
Beautiful, Japan-inspired buildings | Source
Banyan tress with roots that reach the ground
Banyan tress with roots that reach the ground | Source
Small pond near the buildings
Small pond near the buildings | Source
We moved over to the other hotel on the island.  The Four Seasons, to see the beach.  This is Manele Bay.  A gorgeous, white sand beach with dolphins.
We moved over to the other hotel on the island. The Four Seasons, to see the beach. This is Manele Bay. A gorgeous, white sand beach with dolphins. | Source
The road to Manele
The road to Manele | Source
The road to Manele
The road to Manele | Source
Manele Bay
Manele Bay | Source
Beautiful bamboo at the Four Seasons
Beautiful bamboo at the Four Seasons | Source
More koi fish in the water
More koi fish in the water | Source
Garden of the Gods is a place on Lana'i that has red rocks in unimaginable formations.
Garden of the Gods is a place on Lana'i that has red rocks in unimaginable formations. | Source
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods | Source
Garden of the Gods cracked mud
Garden of the Gods cracked mud | Source
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods | Source
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods | Source
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods | Source

As you could see, we traveled to the Four Seasons Resort to see Manele Bay. We didn't see many dolphins while we were there, but the place is known for their friendly visitors. After this, we traveled to the infamous Garden of the Gods, where years of deposited sediment have made their home. The red dirt is caused by the volcanic activity of the islands. Over the years, uplift and erosion on the sediment created unique rock formations that are bound to stun you.

Kaiolohia Beach (or Shipwreck Beach) is one of my favorite destinations on the island. The drive is pretty rocky and can be muddy on rainy days. You should take four-wheel drive vehicles to this location to avoid getting stuck. There is limited cell phone service in this area, so be careful or you could be stuck for days. The beach gets its nickname from a 1940's oil tanker that is parked about a mile from shore. The truth is, many ships have sunk in this bay due to the choppy surf and sharp reef. This ship, however, has not been sunken. In fact, it was called the "Liberty Ship" and its passengers abandoned it in the bay to avoid participating in the war. The ship is shockingly beautiful. It is rusted and ominous, sitting there in the water. You should not swim at this beach.

My final photos are of the Koele Trail, which is a five-mile trail behind the Koele Lodge. There are deer and goats that live in the area and they are a site to see. The wildlife in this area is particularly stunning. Even though we went on this hike during an overcast day, the trail was beautiful. Once you reach the top, you can see both Moloka'i and Maui. The canyon on the side is also breathtaking.

Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods | Source
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods | Source
On our way to shipwreck beach and the road was muddy. Our rented jeep was stuck in it for a minute, but we were able to get out.
On our way to shipwreck beach and the road was muddy. Our rented jeep was stuck in it for a minute, but we were able to get out. | Source
Shipwreck beach (more info above)
Shipwreck beach (more info above) | Source
Shipwreck beach (more info above)
Shipwreck beach (more info above) | Source
Koele Trail
Koele Trail | Source
View from the top of Koele Trail
View from the top of Koele Trail | Source

I hope you enjoyed this walk through Lana'i with me. I suggest that everyone takes a trip to this beautiful island to see the amazing sites I was blessed enough to see. From the Koele lodge, where you can play the putting course or work on your shooting skills, to the amazing, natural beauty of the Garden of the Gods or Shipwreck Beach--Lana'i will always remain one of the most spectacular views I have ever experienced.

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, anginwu. Garden of the Gods is an amazing sight!

      Simone: Thank you too. You should really go if you have the chance. It's such a small place, but it has so many beautiful landmarks. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Gosh, now I really want to go to Lanai! I quite enjoyed the little visual tour you provided... and now I only want to BE THERE IN PERSON!! Ugh..

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Love the beautiful shots. It looks like paradise--lovely serene greens and the garden of gods is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Oh, thank you so much, Derdrie. It's such a beautiful place.

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      BrittanyTodd: Thank you for sharing the helpful lodging and sightseeing tips as well as your sister's beautifully clear photos. Your writing blends personal interest and unique voice with culture and history. It makes it convenient for those who are blessed to follow in your footsteps to Lana'i.

      Voted up, etc.,

      Derdriu

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