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Lanai Island FAQ

What is the time difference from the continental U.S.?
Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is five hours behind Eastern Standard Time and two hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time, so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March–November).
Where is the main airport on Lanai?
The main airport on Lanai is Lanai Airport (LNY). Since there is no direct service to Lanai from the continental U.S., fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) or Kahului Airport (OGG) in Maui, where you can connect to several local airlines with service to Lanai Airport. You can also take day trips between Manele Harbor and Lahaina Harbor in Maui through the Expeditions Ferry, which offers five round-trips daily. For more information call (800) 695-2624, (808) 661-3756 or visit

How far is it from Lanai Airport (LNY) to:
Lanai City: 10 minutes
Hulopoe Bay: 25 minutes
Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): 40 minutes

What is the area code for Lanai?
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808).

Do I need a car to get around on Lanai?
Taxis are available for airport transfers and other transportation, or you can rent a car (advance reservations required). To make the most of everything Lanai has to offer, we recommend renting a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. For guests at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, there is an island shuttle that offers an easy way to get from the airport to the Four Seasons property and other popular sites. The shuttle requires guests to make advance reservations. 

Where can I stay?
Lanai has three hotels, including two world-class resorts: the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lodge at Koele (currently closed for renovations) and the historic Hotel Lanai in Lanai City. There are also a few bed and breakfasts.

Is there Internet access?
Wi-Fi is available at Lanai’s three hotels.

Do I need my passport to get to Lanai?
Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won’t need to bring your passport unless you’re visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii.

What should I pack on my trip to Lanai?
The weather on Lanai is regularly warm and dry. Because of its location, the island does not receive as much rainfall as the rest of Hawaii. Pack casual clothing and a light jacket or sweater since the weather is cooler at higher elevations. Lanai City sits at nearly 1,700 feet, where temperatures only reach about 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the warmest months, while Manele and Hulopoe Bay are usually about 10- to 12-degrees warmer.
When is a good time to visit Lanai?
Anytime of year is a good time to visit Lanai. Summer is warmer and drier, while winter is slightly cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Lanai City, which sits at nearly 1,700 feet, is noticeably cooler than the beaches. Whale-watching season begins in December and ends in May. Peak whale-watching months are between January and early April.

What is the currency?
The U.S. dollar; traveler’s checks aren’t necessary since credit cards are widely accepted, and ATM machines are everywhere.

What is the capital city?
Lanai City

What languages are spoken there?
English, Hawaiian and Filipino

What are tipping guidelines?
U.S. standards apply: 15–20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1–2 per night for housekeeping.