The Garden of the Gods

"The Garden of the Gods"In my last post, I introduced you to the island of Lanai and in this post, I mentioned that the Garden of the Gods is something that I make sure that I visit each and every time I travel to Lanai. Today, I am going to tell you a bit about the Garden of the Gods so that you can get an idea of why I simply love this place.

Keahiakawelo, or the Garden of the Gods in English, is located on the northern coast of Lanai at the end of Polihua Road. This place truly is a marvel and it is like nothing else that I have ever seen on earth. As you approach this famous Garden of the Gods, you will immediately notice that it features a completely unique landscape, one that you too, have likely never seen before. That is because the landscape of the Garden of the Gods is made up of large boulders and tall rock towers that reach up into the sky. If you ever wanted to know what the surface of the moon looked like, this must be it.

As with so many things in Hawaii, there is a legend that surrounds the Garden of the Gods. According to this legend, the garden was created as a result of a fire burning contest that took part between two kahuna (priests) who hailed from Molokai and Lanai. The challenge was to see who could keep a fire burning on their island the longest and whoever the winner was, his island would be rewarded with great riches. Well, as the legend goes, the priest that hailed from Lanai used all of the vegetation in the Garden of the Gods to keep his fire blazing and as a result, the landscape was left barren and is still barren today.

Whether or not this legend is true, one thing that can’t be denied is the sheer majesty of the Garden of the Gods. The rock towers, spires and other rock formations that are found here are truly inspiring and are amazing examples of geology. Not only are the rock formations a sight to be see, but so are the nearby islands of Oauh and Molokai, which can be seen from the Garden of the Gods.

A trip to the Garden of the Gods is something that I highly suggest you do if you are visiting Lanai. It’s something that you won’t soon forget.

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