Island of Lānaʻi
Lana’i is the sixth-largest of the Hawaiian Island chain and is the the smallest publicly accessible inhabited island of the eight main islands.
The island of Lana’i measures at 140 square miles and is located directly south of Moloka’i and west, southwest of Maui. Lana’i is governed by the County of Maui.
Lana’i was known as the Pineapple Isle because of its past as an island-wide pineapple plantation. Most of the island was controlled by James Dole… Dole Pineapple.
The official color of Lana’i is orange. The official flower is the Kauna’oa Blossom or orange air dodder plant which grows along roadsides and above the high water mark on beaches. Lana’i has a small, but tight-knit family oriented community just over 3,100 residents.
The island’s only settlement of is the town of Lana’i City which is located smack in the middle of the island. Lana’i City is built around Dole Park with its general stores, restaurants and public services all within walking distance.
From 1922 until 1992 the islands main industry was the Dole Plantation. Ah yeah… the golden years.
Tourism became the islands main industry with the influx of mega resorts although now the future of Lana’i residents are uncertain with Billionaire Larry Ellison purchasing 98% of the island.
Destination To Paradise
The smallest inhabited island travelers may visit in Hawaii, Lanai offers big enticements to its visitors. Only nine miles from Maui yet a world away, Lanai can feel like two places. The first is found in luxurious resorts where visitors can indulge in world-class amenities and championship-level golf. The other is found bouncing along the island’s rugged back roads in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to explore off-the-beaten-path treasures. You’re sure to find serenity, adventure and privacy on any of the three regions of Lanai. The island of Lanai offers mouflon sheep, axis deer, and wild turkeys, when we hear about things to do on Lana’i everyone knows it Hunting. Season June to October.
Is Lana’i Haunted? Heading to Shipwreck Beach…
Map in hand, a travel plan in place, gas tank full, and some words of caution from the rental company, we headed off to Lanai’s Shipwreck Beach. We were surprised by the extensive wide-open wilderness and completely empty roads for miles. Suddenly our gas gauge began to wildly fluctuate from full to less-than ¼ full. Reasonably confident the tank was full when we left the rental company, we continued on, and of course, there was no cell phone service if we ran into trouble What does that mean?
Apparently, many drivers have succumbed to sinking sands here, waiting hours for towing services from the far end of the island. We listened to the advice, and did just fine, even if it required walking a few hundred yards to the beach. Shipwreck Beach is aptly named for the numerous vessels wrecked along its shallow, rocky channel. It’s a bold testament to the island’s reputation as an unsafe harbor in a storm. The rusting hull of a ghostly World War II oil tanker loomed before us, helplessly grounded on Kaiolohia Bay’s dangerous reef. As we climbed over the rocks for a better view, hundreds of black crabs came out of nowhere, scurrying around us menacingly. Ultimately, they were harmless, but the unexpected encounter was quite unsettling.