History and Culture
The island of Lanai has a rich and interesting history dating back to the 1500s, when the mischievous son of a Maui chief moved to the island.
James Dole purchased the entire island in 1922 and turned it into a pineapple plantation, which eventually came to grow three quarters of the world's pineapples. Lanai became known as the "Pineapple Island."
With the decrease in the price of pineapples in the 1980s, the plantation closed and Lanai has since re-emerged as a world-class vacation destination.
Immerse yourself in Lanai culture with activities offered at the Resort – take hula lessons or a lei-making workshop, or bond with an island elder through the Hookipa Cultural Program.
Lanai Art Center
Through its gallery and classes, the Lanai Art Center provides arts and cultural experiences for residents and visitors. Programmes include drawing and painting, and crafts such as fibre and fabric arts, children's arts and crafts instruction, writing, photography, digital arts, woodworking, ceramics and traditional Hawaiian crafts.
Lanai Culture and Heritage Center
Dedicated to the perpetuation and appreciation of Lanai's rich cultural heritage and natural history, the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center offers a collection that represents the cultural diversity of the island.
Pu'u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)
One of Lanai's most recognisable landmarks, this sight is the setting for an enduring legend.
The preservation trail is the home to a diverse group of traditional features, ranging from house sites, planting areas and tool workshops, to religious sites.
Interpretive Hulopoe Village Trail
The preservation area and trail is the home to a diverse group of traditional features, ranging from house sites, planting areas and tool workshops, to religious sites, along immaculate Hulopoe Bay.
Keomoku Village and Church
The site of a once bustling town on Lanai from the sugar plantation days. The area is also home to a renovated church.
Garden of the Gods (Keahiakawelo)
Featuring lava boulders of all shapes and sizes, the area's lack of vegetation helps to create stunning colours and shadows with the changing daylight.
Kaunolu Village preserves the remains of over 80 homes, a temple and other structures.
Found at Shipwreck Beach (Kaiolohia) and at various other spots on Lanai.