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The Island Of Lana'i

"Hawaii's Most Enticing Island"

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From: Hawaiian Joe
Re: The Island Of Lana'i

Lana'i Island Background And History

Lana’i, "Hawaii's Most Enticing Island" is only nine miles from Maui, but a world apart. Lanai's color is orange and its flower is the kaunaoa (air plant).

Rural for the most part and with dry weather due to it being "hidden" behind Maui, this island strongly appeals to at least two kinds of clients. Adventurous travelers love its snorkeling and diving opportunities, hunting, hiking, archery, sporting clays, horseback riding and four-wheeling. And luxury seekers appreciate the superb golfing and relaxing at world-class, luxury resorts. There's not much nightlife, however, as the island mainly caters to daytime activities.

With only 33 miles of paved road, much of Lana’i is still in its natural state.

Previously known as "the Pineapple Island," Lana’i was once the world's largest pineapple plantation. When the pineapple industry began to dwindle (there are no commercial pineapple plantations on the island at this time), former field workers became employees at the new luxury resorts.

There are plenty of natural sights, such as the wondrous Keahikawelo (formerly known as the Garden of the Gods), a rock formation sculpted by wind and water, which looks like it's from another planet.


Beaches are spectacular here, notably Hulopoe Bay and Beach, which was once named the best beach in America.


Lana’i has plenty of history, too, including petroglyphs, heiaus and other archaeological sights.


The Kahea Heiau, located on Lana’i, is said to be the reason why the island's sugar plantation closed down. Some sacred stones were taken from the site to build the sugar railroad, and not long after that, the mill's sweet water turned salty for no apparent reason.


There's only one town on the island and only one place for services: Lanai City, in the heart of the island. This 1920s tin-roofed plantation town still looks the same as it did back when pineapple was king.


You can browse and shop in a resort-wear shop and in interesting boutiques featuring the works of Lanai's local artisans. There are also restaurants, such as the Blue Ginger, which features local-style food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with plate lunches.


Lanai's two luxury resorts, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay and the Lodge at Koele, with their respective championship golf courses, the Challenge and the Experience, are the biggest draws on the island. These full-spectrum resorts offer a world-class selection of things to do. The facilities at both hotels are fully accessible to guests at either.


Hawaii's fishing boats sometimes use different flags to note the type of catch, and seafood restaurants on the shore only need binoculars to see what the fresh fish on the menu for that evening will be.

Where You Can Stay On Lana’i

Lana’i has three hotels. One is a little 10-room, one-cottage facility called Hotel Lana’i, overlooking Lana’i City. The two others are mega-resorts: the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay, overlooking Hulopoe Bay, and the upcountry Lodge at Koele, at the base of the mountains. There are also a few bed & breakfasts.


For physically challenged clients, all hotels and many smaller properties have at least some rooms with disabled access.


Lanai's Attractions


This barren, rock-strewn plateau was formerly known as the Garden of the Gods. Keahikawelo was created by volcanic forces and sculpted by wind and water into strange, wondrous shapes that look like a moonscape. The bizarre rock formations are colored in a variety of hues: bright reds, oranges, yellows and various ochers. Viewing this desolate, windswept area is best during sunrise or sunset, when the light casts strange shadows. Here, too, you might catch a glimpse of axis deer foraging on the green grass that borders the rock formations.

Hulopoe Bay

Located on the southern end of the island, Hulopoe Bay is a protected marine preserve. Great clouds of fish and spinner dolphins frolic in these crystal-clear waters.


During winter, humpback whales can be seen passing by. The palm-lined gold-sand beach, bordered by black lava, is by far the nicest beach on the island.

The lava rock tide-pools along the south shore of Hulopoe Bay provide some of the best low-tide exploring in Hawai’i. This, however, is a protected area - you should not to try to collect specimens.

Lanaihale (Munro Trail)

Lanaihale is the 3,700-foot mountain that towers above Lana’i City. In the early 1900s George Munro, a New Zealand naturalist, arrived here with seeds, plants and flowers from his native country. Along a ridge of Mount Lanaihale, he planted these specimens along a trail that has been named in his memory. This is a rigorous, 11-mile hike (it can also be driven) past Lanai's highest point. From there you can see the islands of Maui, Molokini and Kaho’olawe. On a clear day, they might even be able to see O’ahu, Moloka’i and Hawaii's Big Island.


Lining the trail are Norfolk and Cook Island pines, which proved so adept at trapping moisture on this arid island that they've been planted in Lana’i City to keep it cooler.


Keomuku, a once-thriving community of 2,000, is now a ghost town, having been abandoned in 1901 when the nearby sugar company failed.

Manele Bay

Lanai's only small boat harbor, Manele Bay, and adjacent Hulopoe Bay form a marine life conservation area and serve as home to Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Between the bays lies Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. Legend has it that Pehe's adoring husband kept her there in a cave and she drowned in a storm while he was away. Heartbroken, he buried her there and jumped to his death.

Keomuku Village

Once a thriving ranching and fishing village with a population of 2,000, Keomuku has been a ghost town since the 1950s. There are a few dilapidated buildings, a graveyard and some empty beaches for snorkeling or picnicking.

Kaunolu Village

Deserted in the 19th century, this shoreline area was once King Kamehameha the Great's favorite fishing spot. This royal fishing village is now completely deserted, but there are the ruins of 86 house platforms, including Kamehameha's, and the Halulu Heiau.


One way ancient Hawaiians showed their bravery was by cliff jumping. Near Kaunolu Bay is a place called Kahekili's Leap. The chief of Maui proved himself by throwing himself down this 62-foot drop, with a 15-foot wide outcropping of rocks, into just 10 feet of water. He survived.

Luahiwa Petroglyph Field

Lana’i is second only to Hawaii's Big Island in petroglyphs, which are ancient carvings in the volcanic rock. The Luahiwa Petroglyph Field contains some fine examples of early Hawaiian art (and some more modern carvings, too).

Polihua Beach

Named "nest egg" by early Hawaiians for the numbers of sea turtles that laid their eggs here, this remote north shore beach is unsafe for swimming, but can be a beachcomber's delight.

Golf Courses

The two mega-resorts on Lana’i, the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay and the Lodge at Koele, both offer championship golf courses. The Jack Nicklaus-designed Challenge at Manele is considered one of the most challenging in the state, while the Experience at Koele, designed by Greg Norman and Ted Robinson, offers remarkable scenery along with a world-class course.

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