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Minor light of Lana'i - Pohakuloa Point Lighthouse

In 1925, Ralph Tinkham, Superintendent of the Nineteenth Lighthouse District, dispatched the tender Kukui to locate a site for a lighthouse on the northeast shore of Lana'i. A short time later, the Maui News carried the following report on the planned lighthouse at Laewahie on Shipwreck Beach.
The construction of a light at Wahie...will fill a longfelt want according to local shipping men. At present vessels bound through Auau Strait, between Lanai and Maui, steer a course off Molokai coast instead of a direct course which would bring them close to the shore of Lanai and so place them in jeopardy because of the sweep coming in from Pailolo Strait, between Molokai and Maui towards Lanai. With a light on Lanai ships will be enabled to steer a straighter course and know their exact position off Lanai coast at all times. This will mean a saving of time in steamer schedules, also.

According to lighthouse author Love Dean, this light was never built, but near the proposed site on what is now called Shipwreck or Kaiolohia Beach is a cement foundation referred to by many as "lighthouse ruins." The initials of three individuals, the name of a fourth, and the date 11/28/29 can still be easily read in the cement footings. One set of initials is NWW and most likely refers to N. W. Wetherby, who was an assistant lighthouse engineer responsible for construction field work during that time period.

In 1930 newly appointed Superintendent Frederick A. Edgecomb announced plans to built a light at Pohakuloa Point, a few miles west of Laewahie, where there was an opening through the reefs. This light was apparently never realized until 1968, when the northern coast of Lana'i received a light in the form of a metal pole at Pohakuloa Point, the northernmost point on Lana'i.


  1. The Lighthouses of Hawai`i, Love Dean, 1986.

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