The Allure of Lanai
“When can I get back to Lanai?” That was the thought I caught myself thinking very early into our recent visit to Lanai. I don’t know when we’ll be able to return, but I can’t wait.
What is it about Lanai that’s so attractive? I’ve been reflecting on that very question. I’ll attempt to explain Lanai’s allure.
Visiting Lanai is like going back in time. From the original tin-roofed plantation style homes to the complete absence of any sort of giant chains like Costco, Walmart and Starbucks – Lanai has retained its original roots and simpler life.
With a population of under 3,000 residents, everyone practically knows everyone else. Spend some time walking around the Dole Square and you’ll find that it’s easy to begin feeling like you’re a part of the community. Stop into any shop or restaurant in Lanai City and soon you’ll be talking story with the local residents.
I’ve heard Lanai dubbed as the Mayberry of the Pacific. It’s certainly friendly enough to be a Mayberry. With everyone knowing their neighbor and nowhere to run and hide, crime is practically non-existent. So a Barney Fife would fit in nicely on Lanai.
Off-the-Beaten Path Adventures
On land, hop in a four-wheel drive to navigate to secluded beaches and surreal landscapes. Hike for miles without seeing another person. Go horseback riding through a meandering forest trail to views of Molokai and Maui. Have a blast at Lanai Pines Sporting Clays.
Fit for a King
King Kamehameha could pick and choose anywhere he wanted to go in Hawaii. Where did he choose as his summer retreat? That would be Kaunolu Village on Lanai’s southern coast. The king chose well with a beach nestled between tall cliffs. Kaunolu was his favorite fishing spot. Today, you can snorkel in the pristine waters near the village.
For such a small island, Lanai offers two luxurious Four Seasons Resorts. These stunningly beautiful resorts make you feel like royalty when you’re there. For example, when you’re by the pool or at Hulopoe Beach, staff offer you chilled towels, fresh pineapple slices and, get this, chilled Evian spritzes.
I can almost picture King Kamehameha having a oceanside massage then enjoying a private dinner in a romantic oceanside hale.
Each of the Hawaiian Islands have their own unique features. In my mind, Lanai’s top features are in the island’s rocks – Puupehe (Sweetheart Rock) and Keahaikawelo (Garden of the Gods). Both of these sights peak your curiosity making you wonder how were they created.
There’s something quite infectious about Lanai and I don’t want the cure. So, I’ll circle back to my original question: “When can I get back to Lanai?” I don’t know when, but I hope it’s soon!
What about you? Have you been captured by the allure of Lanai? What attracts you to the Pineapple Isle?
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What attracts me is the amazing photography that Andy is capturing. 😉
Thanks Dave. Have you been to Lanai? I hear that a lot of Hawaii residents particularly love staying in the Lodge at Koele and Hotel Lanai for the cooler air.
If Lanai really is as beautiful as these photos, I don’t blame you for wanting to get back right away.
It was both fun and torturous to write this post and insert the photos. 🙂
The photos and your writing are so lyrical Sheila. I love it! Thank yu so much, for me, and on behalf of LVB.
Roxanne – many thanks for the kind words! It is my pleasure to share this island gem!
Wow! We’ve been to Mauai, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. Look like we need to visit Lanai as well!! Beautiful!!
Hi Carol — Lanai would be a great island to add to your Hawaii experiences. I took a peek at your lovely blog and from what I read, I think you’d enjoy the two luxury Four Seasons resorts on Lanai. In my opinion, they are THE best luxury bargains in all of Hawaii. If you decide to go, please let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Not that we need any more reasons to make our first trip to Lanai, but this is just more added incentive.
Very nice, as always.
Thanks, Kris! Hope you get to go to Lanai, soon.
These pictures are beautiful! I hope I can go visit Lanai in the next years.
Thanks, Sebastian…hope you get to Lanai soon! Please come back and tell us about your experience.
Sigh. Peace and quiet! Sigh. And on horseback! I miss that part of my life. Sigh.
Thanks, as always, Sheila, for sharing! Did I sigh enough? 🙂
Hey Evelyn — I’m sighing along with you. 🙂
The picture of the church sunset was stunning. I would definately spend my HereStay miles on a trip here. Thanks!
A friend of mine went to Lanai and absolutely loved it. You pictures certainly portray it in an excellent light.
I have yet to visit Lanai. The pictures are amazing. I kind of like the fact that it is secluded from the major stores that we have come to depend on.
I’ve been to every island but Lanai. I’ve always wanted to visit and by looking at your pictures it really does look gorgeous there.