Lanaihale - Lanai Island, Hawai'i

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Lanaihale - Lanai Island, Hawai'i

by surgent » Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:10 pm

My wife and I are planning a trip to Maui in 2008, and hope to work in a side trip to Lanai Island and its highest peak, Lanaihale.

We are not rolling in cash so we need to plan our trip to Lanai with that in mind - no small feat given Lanai's reputation for being very expensive. We would appreciate any helpful information past vistors may have as we plan our logistics.

One plan is to arrive one day, stay in Lanai City, then with a pre-dawn start the next day, walk up the Munro Trail to the top, hoping to beat the afternoon clouds. Or, perhaps rent a compact car and drive it as far as possible (the cemetary?) and hike from there, maybe cutting off a handful of miles.

The other plan is to arrive early one day, rent a 4wd jeep and drive most of the road, getting us back into town and the airport and leave in the evening the same day. Not our preferred plan as we want to hike as much of it as we can, but probably the easiest on the wallet since we do not have to stay an overnight nor rent a vehicle for two days.

Here are some specific questions:

1. The camping options are limited - anyone know of a place to car-camp for the night on Lanai?

2. Any comments on the hotel in Lanai City (not the uber-resorts of Koele and Manele Bay)?

3. Drive time estimates? Can a compact be driven some of the way?

4. Is our idea of doing this in a day, combined with air transport and all that, possible? Or folly?

5. Any idea where I can scrape up an extra grand so that we can stay at Koele?

Thanks in advance... -SAS

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by Scott » Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:57 pm

1. The camping options are limited - anyone know of a place to car-camp for the night on Lanai?

Keep in mind the island is privately owned. You can only car camp at Hulopoe Bay by booking through Castle and Cook Resorts. One night for two people will set you back $30. You uased to be able to backpack along some of the trails, but this may or may not be the case anymore.

Also, keep in mind that some (all?) car rental places won't rent a car to you unless you give them a name of a hotel you are staying in.

Good luck.

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by McCannster » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:50 am

The Munro Trail rolls right over the summit ridge. You can hike it easily or rent a Jeep and drive up.

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