The Munro Trail is an 8-mile trail just to the east of Lanai City, which you can drive or hike, and which winds through groves of Norfolk Island Pine and a lush, tropical rain forest, journeying over the Lanaihale ridge, elevation 3,370 feet, the highest point in Lanai. The trail can be accessed from Lanai City, and offers spectacular views of the island, including Lanai’s deepest canyon, the 2,000-foot-deep Hauola Gulch. From the summit of Lanaihale, you can also see the islands of Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Kaho’olawe and the Big Island. The trail is named for George C. Munro, environmentalist and New Zealand native, who was the manager of the Lanai Ranch Company during the early 1900s, and who also introduced to the island the Norfolk Island Pine, indigenous to New Zealand.
The Palawai Basin lies just to the south of Lanai City, encompassing roughly 6 square miles. It is essentially the crater of an extinct volcano that originally formed the island of Lanai, and once also the site of a failed Mormon colony. The basin’s chief interest now lies in the Luahiwa Petroglyphs, which feature mainly symbols and stick figures, representing humans, birds and animals. These are quite possibly the best preserved petroglyphs in the islands, believed to date from the late 1700s or early 1800s.
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