The Secluded Island
This charming island is home to just over 3,000 people, making it the perfect place for rest relaxation, rejuvenation, rediscovery and romance. From beautiful Manele Bay to the bumpy road and scenic views of the Munro Trail, you’ll find a wide range of activities to please just about everyone. Golf on two challenging courses or go snorkeling in crystal clear waters at Hulopoe Beach. The resorts also offer excellent services for your indulgence.
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 4×4 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: The Experience at Koele is an 18-hole championship course designed by legends Greg Norman and Ted Robinson. Here each and every hole is graced with awe-inspiring vistas, from mountain ravines to Pacific expanses to the neighboring Maui and Molokai across the channel. This dramatic course is indeed a one-of-a-kind experience. Along the southern coast, Jack Nicklaus created one of his most famous masterpieces, The Challenge at Manele golf course. Set on the cliffs above Hulopoe Bay, this target-style course roams across several hundred acres of natural lava outcroppings, using plunging ravines, native kiawe, and trees as natural hazards. Both courses consistently rank among the best in the world by leading publications and travel guides.
Photo courtesy: Hawaii Tourism (HTJ) – Lanai
Text & Facts courtesy: HVCB