"Pineapple City or the Porkchop Island" Lanai by triplehelix

Lanai Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 145 photos

The Getaway

Lanai is a very small island. In fact, there are no traffic lights, newspapers, super markets, car dealerships, or any real places of interest unless you're the outdoorsy type. They sport two police officers, a small cafe, one gas station that doubles as a grocery store, a very small airport, and one city.

Lanai is a true getaway spot for those seeking to get lost from the hustle and bustle. You are not likely to find casual touristers here since it is costly to stay here. My suggestion is to find a local host that will put you up. These people are very friendly and gracious. If you don't want to intrude, seek b&b type accomidation. There are three hotels I'm aware of but you are sure to find smaller more affordable locations if you look hard enough. If you want the luxury experience, stay at Four Seasons Menele or Koele (I work for the Hualalai property in Kona).

Manele Beach

Not much in the way of traveling as most places are a few miles within each other. Manele Beach is beautiful and blue. The only weird thing when I swam there... The sand at the shores edge was very steap and so the water felt the same way unless you went further out. The water is very salty in that area though.


Because I haven't done any of these, I'm not going to place it in the tips category but take these as suggestions. Lanai is small and yes, there really isn't much to do for the casual drifter. I was only here for a day and was more of a detour for me because my friend wanted to see it. Anyway, there are a few places of interest to see while you're here.

Shipwreck Bay is on the west side of the island. When cargo transport was popular in the islands, lage ships were not uncommon to see. There is one really big noticable ship stranded in the reef out there.
Forest of the Gods is atop a high hill over looking the ocean. The rock garden is likened to a moon scape with towering lava rock pillars and smaller structures. The area is not to be disturbed or face probable punishment!
Humvee tours are really the only way to get around here. The roads are poorly structured and getting around backwood areas with a regular car is asking for trouble. You cannot rent your own though but must take it as a part of a tour package. You can get to remote parts of the island and have a beach all to yourself.
Golf is spectacular here if you are into that. I swear, half of Hawaii is now golf course...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly people, good food, nice views
  • Cons:No casual recreation, very small island
  • In a nutshell:Very old style, you can see it in the houses.
  • Last visit to Lanai: Jul 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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