Millennia ago, Lana'i, along with Maui, Moloka'i, and Kaho'olawe, may have been connected as part of a larger land mass called
Maui Nui. Rising sea levels separated them by the Kalohi, Au'au, and Kealaikahiki channels. The first major wave of people
to discover the Hawaiian Islands were thought to have sailed from the Marquesas Islands abut 400 A.D., with a second major
influx, probably from Tahiti, occurring around 1100. Kealaikahiki means "the pathway to Tahiti," from which, through a remarkable
southward merging of both winds and currents, ancient Hawaiian sailors are believed to have launched their return voyages.