Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) and Polihua Beach

Last weekend we put Don’s truck to good use and did some off-roading to see some of the more renowned sites on Lana’i.

We first went to Keahiakawelo, or Garden of the Gods.IMG_1961

When we first came upon it, it seemed beautiful but not that impressive. However, as we drove further “into” the garden, the boulders grew larger and larger and were tinged with different colors, some orange-y, some blue, some redder and some browner than others. Definitely felt like something supernatural happened to create these formations! I would like to explore some of the more archeological explanations for the formations, but for now, the legend suffices (click the link above for the legend of how Garden of the Gods came to be.)

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Then we drove further and further down, almost to the point where we thought that what we were doing was not smart! Definitely VERY bumpy off-roading conditions, and for our first time, it felt like maybe we were going where we shouldn’t be. But we kept going, as we could see the ocean ahead and it was beckoning and beckoning to us. The view was beautiful, with Maui and Moloka’i before us, and expanses of ocean in between. When we got to Polihua Beach, we were rewarded with pristine sand and gorgeous, clear water.

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You can see Moloka’i from the picture below:

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These are not swimming beaches, as the currents basically go sideways. If we hadn’t had the kids with us, it could have been a place to sit and relax and watch the waves. However, Maggie went into her typical beach behavior, which invokes plunking down in the sand at the edge of the surf and scooping up handfuls to put on her legs. The problem was that she was in regular clothes, not like here where she is properly suited to this activity:

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We are still having a great time. I hope to post more this week: to update you about our guinea pigs and more details about life here. Let me know what you’d like me to write about! Thanks for reading!

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