James Dole purchased the entire island of Lanai in 1922 to develop the world’s largest pineapple plantation. Although that plantation is no longer in existence, Lanai has held onto the unique feel and warm, welcoming heritage that was begun years ago.
Lanai is considered part of Maui County and was originally part of the massive island, Maui Nui, 200,000 years ago. The island is separated from the Molokai by the Kalohi Channel and from Maui by the Auau Channel. Because Lanai is relatively small in both land area and population, the Lanai Airport serves a limited number of commercial flights from Honolulu although smaller commuter carriers serve Kahului and Kona non-stop.
Due to the island’s past as a plantation, the only large settlement is located in Lanai City. Residents of real estate homes or condominiums for sale in Lanai will most likely be situated in Lanai City. Most people who live on Lanai treasure the laid-back living, small community environment, and natural beauty that awaits them just off their front steps. Despite being a small island, Lanai still offers many of the same amenities as its larger counterparts. Residents and visitors alike can golf at The Challenge at Manele and The Experience at Koele, both operated by the Four Seasons Hotel. Other local attractions include Puu Pehe, translated "Sweetheart Rock", is situated about 150 feet offshore between Manele Bay and Hulopoe Bay along the island’s southern coastline. It is one of Lanai’s most recognizable landmarks. Keahikawelo, translated "Garden of the Gods", is characterized by boulders of varying sizes, shapes, and colors as a result of continuous erosion. The island-favorite Munro Trail provides immaculate views of the neighboring islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe, Oahu, and Hawaii when the skies are clear.
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