Munro Trail--This tough, 11-mile (round-trip) uphill climb through groves of Norfolk pines is a lung-buster, but if you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Molokai, Maui, Kahoolawe, the peaks of the Big Island, and—on a really clear day—Oahu in the distance. Figure on 7 hours. The trail begins at Lanai Cemetery along Keomoku Road (Hwy. 44) and follows Lanai’s ancient caldera rim, ending up at the island’s highest point, Lanaihale. Go in the morning for the best visibility. After 4 miles, you’ll get a view of Lanai City. The weary retrace their steps from here, while the more determined go the last 1.25 miles to the top. Diehards head down Lanai’s steep south-crater rim to join the highway to Manele Bay.
Kapihaa Trail--An old fisherman’s trail snakes along the scenic coastline, starting at Manele Bay. This easy hike will expose you to Lanai’s unique geography and many unusual native Hawaiian coastal plants. The back-and-forth trek takes around 90 minutes.Venture out on your own, or, if you’re a hotel guest at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, arrange a complimentary guided hike through the concierge (www.fourseasons.com/lanai;tel. 808/565-2000; $10 donations accepted).
The Lodge at Koele (tel. 808/565-4552; www.fourseasons.com/lanai) offers a 2 1/2-hour Koloiki Ridge nature hike through 5 miles of the upland forests of Koele at 11am daily. The fee is $25. It's considered moderate, with some uphill and downhill hiking.
Camping at Hulopoe Beach Park
There is only one legal place to camp on Lanai, but it’s a beauty: Hulopoe Beach Park. To camp in this exquisite beach park, with its crescent-shape, white-sand beach bordered by a shady grass lawn, contact Tom Viera (tel. 808/215-1107). There’s a registration fee, plus a charge of $15 per person per night. Hulopoe has eight campsites, and each accommodates up to five people. Facilities include restrooms, showers, barbecues, and picnic tables.
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