Known formerly as Hawaii's Pineapple Island, the island of Lanai is now home to two of the world's most celebrated resorts, a pleasant plantation-period town, a pair of world-class golf courses, and acres of unspoiled wilderness. Choose to stay at one of the two Four Seasons hotels - the lap of Lanai's luxury, or visit on a day-trip from one of the outer islands. Discover a Hawaii of exquisite beauty and unexpected refinement. Like the other islands, Lanai has its own special unique flavor and feel. It's one of the smallest islands, but don't let its small size fool you – you'll be surprised at how much Lanai has to offer. For being just 141 square miles in size, Lanai packs in some of the most beautiful scenery in all the Hawaiian Islands. Thick groves of Cook Island pines. Long stretches of untracked sand. Coral reefs populated with a rainbow of sea life. Dramatic cliffs with unbroken, 180 degree horizon views.
Lanai is home to just over 3,000 people, making it the ideal place to slow down, relax, rejuvenate, rediscover and romance with your significant other. Golf on two challenging courses or go snorkeling in crystal clear waters at Hulopoe Beach. The resorts also offer excellent services for your indulgence. But Lanai also offers many ways to explore her unspoiled natural wonders – swimming and snorkeling in the pristine Hulopoe Bay, hiking the wonderfully scenic Munro Trail, or discovering miles of off-road beauty by four-wheel-drive. And when you need rest from the outdoors, the many activities of the island's two luxury resorts are sure to refreshen. Which is really the island's is best known single activity....relaxing.
Lanai opens up opportunities to discover the many historical sites that have been preserved. From old fishing villages, and remarkable topographical features like the boulder-strewn Keahikawelo. Lanai City also features restored landmarks, such as the charming Lanai Playhouse and Theater and the Hotel Lanai, both dating from the 1920's. A prehistoric mystery lingers in Luahiwa, where visitors will find 34 boulders featuring unique petroglyphs carved by ancient Hawaiians.
What was once a quiet pineapple plantation has also become a strong island of Art and Culture. The unique Lanai Visiting Artists Program allows resort guests and the island community a unique opportunity to mix with talent from around the world. Famous musicians, writers, filmmakers and the finest culinary artists have been coming to Lanai since 1992 to participate in this program. In intimate settings at The Lodge at Koele and the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, these visiting artists showcase their talents and share their passions with relatively small audiences. During the summer months, visiting chefs offer free cooking demonstrations. Sunday dinners are offered after each presentation.
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.
Whether you prefer the opulent serenity of a luxurious spa, the lush solitude of the back nine, or the windswept serenity of a remote beach, Lanai provides myriad opportunities for you to explore the most important nature of all. Your own.