Entering Lanai Airport from the tarmac
The front entrance features a grand reminder of Lanai's pineapple heritage.
The Great Hall at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, just outside of Lanai City.
My room at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele.
The beautiful grounds of the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele demand exploration.
Dozens and dozens of statues—like this one of the Laughing Buddha or Budai Luohan—are scattered throughout the hotel grounds.
This whimsical herd lounges in the grassy lawn behind the hotel.
The grounds boast a large fishpond, stocked with koi, and an orchid hothouse (seen to the left).
Lunch spot … first day … Lanai City. Try the lox and cream cheese "everything" bagel.
On the "highway" to Shipwreck Beach on Lanai's north shore.
The jeep trail to Shipwreck Beach.
The closest thing to a traffic jam on Lanai.
Every Jeep should come with a hood ornament like this.
But where's the shipwreck?
The derelict ship now clinging to the reef is a ferrous-concrete World War II-era oiler that washed up on shore in the 1940s, foiling many government attempts to sink it into the channel between Lanai and Molokai.
Shipwreck Beach is also known by its Hawaiian name, Kaiolohia.
Shipwreck Beach isn't the kind of picture-postcard expanse of white sand most visitors come to Hawaii to see …
… But its shoreline does possess its own kind of odd beauty.
Lava rocks and boulders pockmark Shipwreck's eight miles of tiny white sand beaches and stretches of tidepool-rich shoreline.
Everything growing alongside the oceanside Jeep trails on Lanai's north shore must be rugged enough to handle the sand-filled dirt and salt-spray-heavy air.
The Jeep trails are dotted with dozens of abandoned camps waiting for fishermen to return. This was one of the more colorful ones.
We saw "Da Farm" fishing camp first …
… Then "Da Other Farm" fishing camp a mile down the Jeep trail.
Lanai's only rental car company only rents Jeeps.
Sentinels near the entrance of Kanepuu Highway. The middle horse belongs to multi-billionaire David Murdock, who owns the bulk of Lanai's lands.
The view from Kanepuu Highway, on the way to Polihua Beach.
Kanepuu Highway goes right through Garden of the Gods.
Garden of the Gods is a dry otherworldly plateau, populated with thousands of odd-shaped boulders eroded over several millennia.
The end of the extremely rough ride down four-wheel-drive-only Polihua Trail.
The sand dunes of Polihua Beach.
Imagine a thick swath of unspoiled, uninterrupted white sand stretching more than two windswept miles …
… with views of Molokai and, on clear days, the distant silhouette of Oahu's Diamond Head crater across the channel.
That's Polihua Beach on Lanai's north shore. And there wasn't a single living soul on it save for my driving companion and me.
A tree canopy along the dunes of Polihua Beach.
Dusk, as seen from the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele's wonderfully lengthy veranda.
I took a trail ride on my second day. This was my horse.
My horse seemed quite sated after getting a post-ride carrot from my co-photographer.
Spent a few quality hours on the beach at the Four Seasons at Manele Bay.
Lanai City—more like a village square than a "city," but we respect the name—has a handful of good local-style restaurants. Blue Ginger serves up a great double teri-burger deluxe.
Canoes Lanai's spicy Korean fried chicken and loco moco—for the uninitiated, two separate dishes—were excellent.
Sunday in the Dole Park, Lanai City.
"Easy Rider" goes Lanai. These guys were cool.
Waiting for the turbo-prop. Gate 2. Lanai Airport.