Lanai Island (aka Pineapple Island) is Hawaii's 6th-largest (smallest) inhabited isle. Its Pineapple name comes from a large (island-wide) plantation manned in the past. The only settlement on the island is named lanai City (population around 3,000). The island is also unique for being privately owned (98%) by the Oracle Corporation's founder Larry Ellison. The remaining 2% of the property are owned by the US government (the Hawaiian state).
- Lanai Island has width of approx 29 km (18 ml) and total area of 364 km2 (141 ml2), ranking it the USA's 42nd largest. Kalohi Channel separates it from Molokai Island (to the north), while Auau Channel separates it from Maui Island (to the east). Most of the landmarks are only accessible by dirt roads requiring off-road (4-wheel) transportation.
- The island was discovered by the British in 1779 (by the HMS Resolution ship) during the James Cook expedition. By the 1870s, Walter Murray Gibson (1822-1888) owned most of the island and used it for ranching. Prior to this he used it as a Mormon colony. In 1922, James Dole (1877-1958, president of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company / now Dole Food Company - pineapple and banana producer) bought the island and a large portion of it was developed into a pineapple plantation - world's ever largest.
- In 1985, the island became a property of David Howard Murdock as part of his purchase of Castle & Cooke (owner of Dole Food Company).
- In June 2012, Larry Ellison (Oracle Corporation) bought 98% of the Castle & Cooke's shares - this way practically owning the whole isle. While the exact sale price was never revealed, hawaiian news media reported that USD 500-600 million was the asking price.
Lanai Island features 2 resort hotels - both managed by "Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts" (Canada-based international luxury hotel company). The hotels are named Four Seasons Resort Lanai (located in Manele Bay) and Lodge at Koele. Hotel Lanai (in Lanai City) was built in 1923 as a lodge for housing the Hawaiian Pineapple Company's executives overseeing the pineapple production.
- All the public transportation is supplied by the local hotels. For the duration of their hotel stay (one-time fee), guests get unlimited bus rides going between the hotel and the ferry port on Manele Bay. Bicycles and 4x4 vehicles are available for rent at the only one Gas Station on the island, as well as at Dollar Rent a Car.
Another tourist attraction are the island's 3 premium golf courses.
- The Challenge at Manele golf course is the place where Bill Gates (Microsoft) was married on January 1, 1994.
- The Experience at Koele golf course is in the mountains.
- The Cavendish golf course is a public (free) 9-hole golf course surrounded by pine trees.
Shipwreck Beach (on the isle's northern coast) has the the remains of a wrecked ship that run aground near the shore.
Lanai Island cruise terminal
Port Lanai Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Lanai Island, Hawaii. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|24 October, 2018|
|Seabourn Sojourn||08:00||17:00||Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island|
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