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Munro Trail, Lanai City, HI 96763, USA

There are numerous trails on the island, from those that wind along the cliffs near the Manele Bay to the Munro trail, a twelve-mile dirt road that leads up to the highest lookout point on the island and offers views of Maui, Molokai, Kona and Oahu on a clear day.

Two excellent trails to consider for a first-time visit:

Holoiki Trail: This easy, five-mile hike starts right behind the Lodge at Koele (near the golf course clubhouse) and winds through beautiful forests filled with ironwood, eucalyptus and ginger trees. Unexpected, as there is hardly any incline, it opens up into incredible views at the top. When it’s clear, you can see Molokai and Maui. It’s not a loop, so you backtrack along the same path. Plan about 2 hours for the hike, and if you walk back into Lanai City, add another 15 minutes.

Kapihaa Trail Hike (Fishermen's Trail): Once used by the ancient Hawaiians, this trail meanders along the coastline for the most part, making it a flat and appealing options for a light walk/hike. It starts right by the Four Seasons Resort Lanai and passes by the ruins of an ancient village and a large blowhole. The end is a bit of a climb up to the clubhouse of the golf course, where you can stop for lunch at Views at Manele. Tip: Set out early or later in the afternoon, as there is no shade along this hike and the rocky surfaces heat up midday.

Written by Simone Girner

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