Known as Hawaii's Most Enticing Island, Hawaii’s Private Island and the Pineapple Island, Lanai offers spectacular beaches, lush forests and sweeping vistas as far as the eye can see.
Whether horseback riding amid scented pines or playing golf on a course where the most challenging water hazard is keeping your eyes on the ball and away from the island’s stunning scenery, Lanai is a playground for people who like their vacations a bit more secluded.
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The largest luxury resort on Lanai is ranked #1 as the Best Hotel in the country for 2020 by U.S. News and World Report.
Located about 10 miles west of Maui and 70 miles east of Oahu, this small 140-square-mile island was once a thriving pineapple plantation, founded by James Dole in 1922. After the plantation closed in the early 1980s, tourism replaced agriculture.
Hawaii’s smallest inhabited island is big on ecotourism and adventure. From the mars-like landscape of Keahiakawelo and the iconic rock formation, known as Puu Pehe or Sweetheart Rock, to the ancient petroglyphs near Shipwreck beach, Lanai has secrets to reveal.
Lanai’s traditional 15th-century Kaunolu Village holds the ruins of a prehistoric Hawaiian village that has since been declared a National Historic Landmark. Although Lanai reveals herself slowly, the island’s magical beauty is worth the wait.
Swim and snorkel amid colorful fish, sea turtles and spinner dolphins on spectacular Hulopoe Bay in southern Lanai. Take a four-wheel-drive to Keahiakawelo, reminiscent of Colorado’s Garden of the Gods, or the 15th-century Kaunolu Village, a prehistoric Hawaiian village that was later a favorite fishing spot of King Kamehameha I.
Visit the WWII sunken tanker and petroglyphs of Shipwreck Beach, with stunning views of Molokai and Maui. Hike the Munro trail, created in honor of the naturalist who helped plant moisture-collecting pines throughout the island. On a clear day, this forested trail offers up a view of six Hawaiian Islands all at once.
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