Ancient Hawaiian legend states that the rocks and boulders here were dropped from the sky by the gods tending their gardens. Hence the name, Garden of the Gods. It certainly does feel like you are in another world when you come across the landscape of boulders that have seemed to pop up from out of nowhere.
These beautiful and unique rock formations were formed by thousands of years of erosion creating pinnacles and buttes in a remote canyon area. And be ready to be blown away literally when you step out of your jeep to get a closer look! Colors of red, purple, and ochra earth and crusted lava create a striking lunar landscape.
Take Highway 440 North out of Lanai City. You will pass the Lodge at Koele. A rock sign (top picture on this page) on the right side of the road points toward the Garden. Turn left here on Polihua Road between the tennis courts and the horse stables. Past the stables the road becomes dirt. Turn right at the next large "intersection" and continue north-west to the site.
It takes approximately one hour round trip to visit this site
4-wheel drive vehicles only are allowed on this dirt road
Check with the rental car company to see if this road is open before attempting to travel on it
Best time to go:
Late afternoon to get the bright orange of the sunset