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Lanai has no traffic, no traffic lights, and only 30 miles of paved roads. Keomuku Highway starts just past the Lodge at Koele and runs northeast to the dirt road that goes to Shipwreck Beach and Lopa Beach. Manele Road (Highway 440) runs south down to Manele Bay and Hulopoe Beach. Kaumalapau Highway (also Highway 440) heads west to Kaumalapau Harbor. The rest of your driving takes place on bumpy, dusty, secondary roads that aren't marked. Driving in thick mud is not recommended, and the rental agency will charge a cleaning fee.
Renting a four-wheel-drive vehicle is expensive but almost essential if you'd like to explore beyond the resorts and Lanai City. Make reservations far in advance of your trip, because Lanai's fleet of vehicles is limited. Lanai City Service, a subsidiary of Dollar Rent A Car, is open daily 7 to 7.
Bring along a good topographical map, and keep in mind your directions. Stop from time to time and refind landmarks and gauge your progress. Never drive or walk to the edge of lava cliffs, as rock can give way under you. Directions on the island are often given as mauka (toward the mountains) and makai (toward the ocean).
Lanai City Service (1036 Lanai Ave., Lanai City, HI, 96763. 808/565-7227 or 800/533-7808.)
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