Lanai City, Lanai
Name: Lanai City
What: Lanai’s central town
Where: Central Lanai, five kilometres from Lanai airport
More Info: Lanai Visitors Center (808) 565-7600
Just under five kilometres north of the airport, Lanai City was founded in the early 1900s as a plantation town originally built around Lanai’s booming pineapple industry. It is located in Lanai’s central highlands and, at an elevation of 518 metres, is noticeably cooler than coastal areas of the island.
All the shops, restaurants and businesses of Lanai City are centred around Dole Park. This grassy spot is a popular place for locals to gather, meet and picnic. The towering pines lining the park provide just the right amount of shade on a sunny afternoon.
Lanai City is also a great place for unique shopping and inexpensive dining. Visit Dis n Dat to shop for Hawaiian jewellery, and the Local Gentry, a small boutique clothing shop with unique finds. The Lanai Art Center displays local artists' works, from ceramics to watercolours. After window-shopping, grab a cup of coffee from Coffee Works, and pull up a chair at the Blue Ginger Café, Canoes, Café 565 or Pele’s Other Garden for a true local dining experience. For entertainment, enjoy the local entertainment and ambiance at Lanai City Grille.
Finally, Lanai City is home to two outstanding hotels. Hotel Lanai is a country inn with charming plantation-style décor secluded amongst the Cook island pines. The Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele is a luxurious retreat featuring the largest wooden resort in the state, manicured lawns, ponds and refined gardens. Koele has a wealth of exciting attractions including the Greg Norman and Ted Robinson designed Experience at Koele golf course and facilities for horse riding, biking, archery and even clay shooting.