Just a few miles west of Maui, Lanai was once Hawaii's largest pineapple plantation. Today this small, private island and its main town, Lanai City, have maintained the spirit of old Hawaii, attracting visitors from all over the world to a tranquil tropical destination that offers crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches and world class golf.
Facts: Population 3,193, Area 140 sq. miles
"Hawaii's Most Enticing Island." Formerly known as the "Pineapple Island," almost the entire island was, until recently, a Dole Company pineapple plantation but is now phasing in tourism, and is home to two world class resorts.
Flower: Kaunaoa (Yellow and Orange Air Plant)
Island Color: Orange
Family Fun: A 141-square mile playground for children of all ages, Lanai abounds with opportunity for new discoveries. Here you can take your family on a thrilling 4x4 excursion into remote Keahikawelo or along the sands of Kaiolohia Bay to marvel at the rusting Liberty Ship grounded just offshore. Or spend a day peering into tide pools while keeping an eye out for spinner dolphins and humpbacks at play in the turquoise waters just beyond. Or learn an ancient art like hula or lei-making from a local resident eager to share in the island’s rich traditions.
Yet with all the things to do here, Lanai is perhaps most attractive to families for what it doesn’t offer: crowds and traffic. With hardly any crowds and practically no traffic, what more could a parent ask for?
Adventures: More often than not, you will have an entire stretch of sand all to yourself. It’s no wonder Lanai is known as Hawaii’s “Most Exclusive Island.” While most visitors seem to enjoy just sitting and soaking it all in, you can also choose among popular water sports including snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and deep-sea fishing. One of the island’s most prized attractions is glorious Hulopoe Bay, a marine conservation area prized by divers and snorkelers for its vivid tropical reef fish. Here you can spend days splashing in the warm waters, where spinner dolphins are just as likely to frolic.
Golf: High above the crashing surf of Hulopoe Bay, Manele Golf Course is the premier 18-hole layout in Lanai, Hawaii, with a reputation for excellence in design and playability. Built on lava outcroppings, the course features three holes on cliffs, which use the Pacific Ocean as a water hazard. The five-tee concept challenges the best golfers - tee shots over natural gorges and ravines must be precise.
Photo courtesy: Hawaii Tourism (HTJ) - Lanai