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Lānaʻi Island FAQ

What is the time difference from the continental U.S.?
Hawaiʻi follows Hawaiʻi Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is five hours behind Eastern Standard Time and two hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaiʻi 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 Lānaʻi?
The main airport on Lānaʻi is Lānaʻi Airport (LNY). Since there is no direct service to Lānaʻi 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 Lānaʻi Airport. You can also take day trips between Mānele Harbor and Lāhainā 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 Lānaʻi Airport (LNY) to:
Lānaʻi City: 10 minutes
Hulopoʻe Bay: 25 minutes
Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): 40 minutes

What is the area code for Lānaʻi?
The area code for the state of Hawaiʻi is (808).

Do I need a car to get around on Lānaʻi?
Taxis and shuttles are available for airport transfers and other transportation, or you can rent a car (advance reservations required). To make the most of everything Lānaʻi has to offer, we recommend renting a 4-wheel-drive vehicle or booking with a local tour operator. For guests at the Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi, 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?
Lānaʻi has three hotels, including two world-class resorts: the Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi, Sensei Lanai, a Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi, and the historic Hotel Lānaʻi in Lānaʻi City. There are a variety of licensed short term vacation rentals available, as well.

Is there Internet access?
Wi-Fi is available at Lānaʻi’s three hotels and at the Lānaʻi Cat Sanctuary.

Do I need my passport to get to Lānaʻi?
Since Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi.

What should I pack on my trip to Lānaʻi?
The weather on Lānaʻi is regularly warm and dry. Because of its location, the island does not receive as much rainfall as the rest of Hawaiʻi. Pack casual clothing and a light jacket or sweater since the weather is cooler at higher elevations. Lānaʻi City sits at nearly 1,700 feet, where temperatures only reach about 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the warmest months, while Mānele and Hulopoʻe Bay are usually about 10- to 12-degrees warmer.
When is a good time to visit Lānaʻi?
Anytime of year is a good time to visit Lānaʻi. Summer is warmer and drier, while winter is slightly cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Lānaʻi 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?
Lānaʻi 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.

What other things should I be aware of?
Bring cash as the shuttle and some cafes will only accept cash. ATM’s also available in Lānaʻi City.

Lānaʻians are friendly drivers, so please drive slowly on the two-lane roads and wave to other cars in passing. Lāna’i residents don’t tailgate, are patient and don’t “dust out” fellow drivers on dirt roads.

Plan your trip ahead to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy yourself and relax. Being flexible is a good quality to have on Lānaʻi.

Do come to visit Lānaʻi if you are kamaʻāina visiting from another island. It’s affordable for a day trip or to stay at a locally-owned vacation rental.

For your safety, be aware of the hunting culture on Lānaʻi. Make sure the trail you are hiking on is found in the Lānaʻi Guide App. It’s not safe or appropriate to hike in other areas.