The surreal topography of the Garden of the Gods, a desert-like landscape with boulders and rock towers, looks almost like a spot on Mars than in Hawaii.
According to Hawaiian legend, this place is the result of a contest between two kahuna (priests) from Lanai and Molokai.
Each was challenged to keep a fire burning on their respective island longer than the other, and the winner's island would be rewarded.
The Lanai kahuna, Kawelo, used every piece of vegetation in Keahiakawelo to keep his fire burning, which is why this area is so barren today.
Garden of the Gods
45 minutes from Lanai City - get directions from your concierge