The new guide to Lanai – Hawaii's most enticing island
Low-key Lanai moves to a slower pace. Once the world’s largest pineapple plantation, it is now home to a couple of luxury resorts. There are no traffic lights, no shopping malls, no fast-food outlets but lots of secluded beaches, great hiking trails, terrific horse riding, and red-dirt four-wheel-drive adventures.
Explore the ruins of the prehistoric Kaunolū fishing village (a US National Historic Landmark) including petroglyphs and the remains of Halulu Heiau sacred temple as well as King Kamehameha the Great’s former royal residence. There are spectacular views of Lāna‘i’s southern sea cliffs from the village. Visit also the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center celebrating the land, resources, people and history of Lanai.
There are 29 kilometres of secluded beaches including the clothes-optional white-sand Polihua Beach. Note that strong winds and currents make the ocean too dangerous for swimming here.
Discover the otherworldly lunar landscape of Keahiakawelo strewn with red rocks above an angry sea in the island’s uninhabited north, while in the west, the Kanepuu Preserve, protected by The Nature Conservancy, contains the largest remnant dryland forest in Hawai‘i featuring the rare hibiscus (mao hau hele), native ebony (lama), and the aiea, once used to build canoes.
Go snorkelling, fishing, dolphin and whale watching and take a sunset cruise, but most of all, take time to breathe out and relax.