Aloha! My name is Lanai.

I am the sixth largest of the Hawaiian Islands

hawaii-lanai-sunset My surface area is 364 km², as I am 29 km long and 21 km wide. My highest elevation is Lana'ihale in the east of Lanai, which is 1030 meters high. At one time I was considered the largest Pineapple plantation the world, and even today one fifth of me is cultivated with pineapples. That is why I am sometimes called "Pineapple Island", so called pineapple island. Of all the islands in Hawaii, I am the smallest that is open to the public. From Maui from I can be reached by ferry, which takes 45 minutes. By plane I am from Honolulu, Kahului, Kapalua, and Molokai to reach; the airport Lanai Airport is the only airport on the island. Although there are no traffic lights on the whole of Lanai, I can boast of two 6-star hotels. The approximately 3200 inhabitants of Lanai live from these two hotel complexes and from the ferry that arrives five times a day from Lahaina. The only town there is on me is Lanai City. In 2012 I was bought 98 % by the founder of the software company Oracle; 2 % of me still belong to the state Hawaii.

Lanai history

Hawaii taro plant and tuber
Hawaii taro plant and tuber
Lanai was under the control of Maui even before historical records began. The first inhabitants probably settled on me in the 15th century. The first migrants to Lanai probably came from Maui and Molokai. They established fishing villages along the coast and later moved inland where they planted taro in the fertile volcanic soil. During this time, the Mo'i from Maui held sway over Lanai, but generally left my residents alone. Life on Lanai was very quiet until King Kamehameha I took control and had most of the locals slaughtered. So many people were killed at that time that Captain George Vancouver completely ignored the island in 1792 because it seemed as if there were no villages or inhabitants. By the 1870s, Walter M. Gibson had bought up most of the land to make it farmland. Meanwhile, the Native Hawaiians were primarily concerned with supporting themselves by fishing and growing fruits and vegetables.
Dole made Hawaii famous for pineapple
Dole made Hawaii famous for pineapple
1922 bought James Dole, president of what was then the Hawaiian Pineapple Company and later the Dole Food Company, uprooted the island and turned much of the land into the largest pineapple plantation in the world. When Hawaii joined the USA in 1959, Lanai became part of Maui County. In 1985, I was transferred into the hands of David H. Murdock, who bought out Castle & Cooke, which owned Dole at the time. In turn, in 2012, Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle, bought out Castle & Cooke's share, securing 98 % of the island. As of today, the state of Hawaii still owns 2 % of the land. The sale price was not disclosed, but according to various sources, the negotiated value was around $500 million. Ellison plans to invest up to $500 million more to improve the island's infrastructure and create an environmentally friendly agricultural industry.

Beaches and parks on Lanai

Hulopoe Bay is one of the dream beaches on Lanai
Hulopoe Bay is one of the dream beaches on Lanai
The unspoiled beauty of Hulopoe Beach is located on the southern coast of Lanai. Hulopoe Bay greets its visitors with an expansive expanse of pearly white sand and crystal blue waters. This protected bay, located at the front of Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, is the best place on the island to go snorkeling and swimming. Hulopoe Beach Park is open to the public and offers picnic tables, grills, restrooms and showers. Visitors are asked not to take rocks and shells as souvenirs to leave nature untouched. Dolphins can be seen here, and humpback whales often pass by during the winter months. Don't miss the approximately 20-minute walk along the coast that leads to Puu Pehe, the "Sweetheart Rock". Legend has it that a broken-hearted warrior threw himself to his death here because he could not bear the grief after the death of his beloved. If you rent a four-wheel drive vehicle, be sure to take a trip to Kaiolohia Make. Kaiolohia, also known as Shipwreck Beach, is an 8-mile long beach that has capsized many ships. The hull of an oil tanker from the 1940s still lies on the coral reef off Kaiolohia Beach today, giving the Beach a surreal atmosphere. For visitors to Lanai who want to stay away from the tourist hustle and bustle, there are the secluded beaches of Polihua Beach. This is about 60 miles from Lanai City and is a 2-mile long beach. Hawaii's green sea turtles, the honu, like to hang out here, and humpback whales can also be seen here during the winter months. Due to the strong swells, swimming is not possible here, but there is wonderful sunbathing and walking. Dole Park is located in the center of Lanai City. It was built in 1922 and today serves as a gathering place for families, as there is a pavilion, picnic tables and a community center. Many tall and stately Norfolk and Cook Island pines tower into the sky in this park, providing shade for its visitors. Most of the stores, restaurants and playgrounds are located on the streets surrounding the park. Furthermore, there are several monuments here commemorating the veterans of World War 2 and the Korean War.

Shopping and sightseeing on Lanai

Must see: Garden of the gods
Must see: Garden of the gods
Keahiakawelo, also Garden of the Gods - Garden of the Gods - is an incredible rock garden at the end of Polihua Road. The mysterious moonscape is populated with rocks and stone towers. According to Hawaiian legend, this windswept landscape was the result of a contest between two kahuna - priests - from Lanai and Molokai. The winner would be the one who could keep a fire burning the longest. Lanai's kahuna, Kawelo, used everything in the vegetation he could find to keep his fire burning - that's why the land in this area is so barren today. The rock formations in the Garden of Gods are especially enchanting at sunset. The setting sun bathes the rocks in beautiful shades of red and purple. The rustic Munro Trail begins just north of Lanai City. The nearly 13-mile road offers spectacular views and passes through a rainforest filled with ironwood, eucalyptus and pine trees. The Munro Trail can be traveled by car or mountain bike, or conquered on foot, and leads to the summit of Lanaihale, which is 1027 feet high. Contact the team at to learn more about the spectacular Munro Trail! Shopping in Lanai is a very relaxed affair. Around Dole Park you will find small boutiques where you can buy everything from souvenirs to clothing. You won't find any shopping malls or big stores on Lanai, and that's just the way the locals like it best.

The inhabitants of Lanai

My population is just underp 3200 inhabitants relatively small. The population of Lanai is only 3 % of the population of Oahu! The low number of residents and tourists of this island make Lanai a particularly picturesque and relaxing vacation destination. According to ancient Hawaiian legends, Lanai was once haunted by malevolent, man-killing spirits. A Hawaiian prince was banished to Lanai as punishment after uprooting all the breadfruit trees on Maui. On Lanai, however, the prince found a way to drive all the evil spirits from the island. As a reward, his father decided to give him the island. The prince also uprooted all the breadfruit trees on Lanai, so even today there are no breadfruit trees here. Native Hawaiians began to settle the island in the 16th century. Many of the current residents of Lanai are descended from former plantation workers. These workers came to Lanai in the 1920s when the Dole Food Company bought the island. At that time, Lanai was the largest pineapple exporter in the world. When Dole eventually moved on, the workers remained on the island and made a living as farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Today, there are many different jobs and occupations on Lanai. Most islanders have at least some college knowledge. About half of the population is blue collar, while the other half is white collar. The average income for Lanai City residents between the ages of 25 and 44 is $65,000, which is well above the national average. In return, crime rates and livelihoods are below the national average. Lanai is known as a friendly island with a warm and welcoming population. If you come here, you are sure to have a wonderful stay - the team at guarantees it!

Food and restaurants on Lanai

Typical Hawaiian food: Poi
Typical Hawaiian food: Poi
On me there is a diverse and exciting selection of regional dishes. Many of these dishes are traditional hawaiianwhile other dishes have been influenced by American and Japanese cuisine. One of the most famous dishes in Hawaii and on Lanai is poi, which is served at home and on special occasions like luaus. Poi is a thick, creamy paste made from the roots of the taro plant. Fresh poi tastes sweet but becomes very bitter after a few days; it can be eaten sweet and sour. This dish is held in high esteem in Hawaiian culture because it is reminiscent of the ancient chiefs and native Hawaiians. It is often said that one must not argue when poi is on the table. As in the rest of Hawaii, poke is a popular dish on lanai. Excellent poke can be enjoyed at the Lanai Ohana Poke Market, which is popular with locals and tourists alike. Seafood has always been a staple of Hawaiian cuisine. Fresh fish and shellfish are very popular throughout Lanai. "Fusion cuisine," which combines elements of Hawaiian, Japanese and European cuisine, is also popular on Lanai. For an affordable meal, Lanai City Grill or Blue Ginger Cafe are good choices. For an elegant dinner, Views at the Manele Golf Course or Nobu is wonderful.

Statistics, facts and figures about Lanai

On me live on an area of 364 km² just under 3200 inhabitants. My highest elevation is the Lana'ihale with a height of 1030 meters. One fifth of me is cultivated with pineapple. My temperature is, depending on the season, between 21 and 29 degrees Celsius. Since my climate is relatively dry, Lanai receives less than 1 meter of rainfall per year.
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