DescriptionOver the centuries, trade winds through the Pailolo Channel between Moloka‘i and Maui, as well as currents and coral reefs, have made Shipwreck Beach—also known as Kaiolohia—the graveyard of many ships. A decommissioned World War II concrete-and-steel Liberty Ship oil tanker mournfully looms over Lāna‘i reef, on which it was intentionally grounded as an economical means of disposal. The roads to the east and west of the beach are extremely rough and require a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Shipwreck Beach is considered an excellent place for beachcombing and shore fishing. Strong currents make swimming in the area extremely hazardous.