The original lighthouse was established in 1906 using wood which eventually became dilapidated and unsafe. It was torn down and replaced with a lens lantern atop a thirty-three and a half foot tall mast. Read more
The Munro Trail is a 12.8-mile winding dirt road that runs across Lanai’s razorback spine leading to the summit of Mount Lanaihale (House of Lanai), the island’s highest point at 3,370 feet above sea level. It is named after New Zealand naturalist George Munro who arrived in 1890 and introduced the majestic Cook pine trees to the island.
The trail, which weaves through a rainforest lush with ohia lehua, ironwood, eucalyptus and Munro’s Cook pine trees, offers spectacular canyon and ocean views. There are several lookouts along the way and from the summit, visitors are given the opportunity to see other Hawaiian islands, including Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Kahoolawe, Oahu and the Big Island, all at once! On a very clear day that is. Read more
The Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is a 13.5-acre farm growing a wide array of lavender varieties as well as other plants such as olives, hydrangea, protea, succulents and other native Hawaiian plants. It is located in Kula, about 4,000 feet atop the slopes of Mt. Haleakala in East Maui, Hawaii.
The farm was established by Agricultural Artist and Horticultural Master Ali’i Chang in 1988 and was opened to the public in 2002. It features approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different varieties. Lavender is not endemic to Hawaii but Ali’i was able to make the plants thrive in his farm, blooming profusely in spring and summer. Seven varieties bloom all year round! Read more
Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea is a working cattle ranch and house museum showcasing the history of ranching in Hawaii. It was named after Hawaii’s “First Lady of Ranching,” Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske who inherited the property from her ancestors, Englishman James Fay and his Hawaiian wife Kai’pukai’ikapuokamehameha Kahahana who established the ranch in 1848.
The ranch has been managed by the same family since its establishment. Anna took over the reins after her father’s death in 1939, a rare feat for a woman during that period. She introduced innovative ranching practices and was recognized for her achievements as a cowgirl, jockey, pā’ū rider, licensed butcher, and community leader. She came to be known as the “The First Lady of Ranching” in Hawaii and lived to the ripe old age of 95. Read more
Waipuilani Park is a large beachfront park with palm trees, grassy lawns and spectacular views of sunsets on Maui’s southern coast. Behind it is the Maui Sunset Resort while in front of it is a picturesque small sandy beach. The park is popular among locals for sunbathing, picnics and community events such as volleyball, tennis and croquet tournaments. Many pet owners also walk and play with their dogs here.
While the blue waters may seem inviting, swimming conditions at this beach are rather poor because of its rocky bottom and usually murky water. Offshore waters are also often littered with seaweed. However, the beach offers excellent opportunities for windsurfing. Read more