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Welcome to Lana’i! 
Undeveloped, unspoiled and not many people either!

Lana’i Fast Facts
• Area: 140 sq. miles
• Population: 3,200
• Only city: Lana’i City
• Nickname “The Pinapple Isle”
Well, that used to be its nickname before the pineapple industry died statewide.
• Political: Part of Maui County
Lana’i in a Nutshell
Lying just south of Moloka’i and west of Maui, Lana’i, along with Moloka’i, remains one of the less well known and less visited islands. The primary reason for this is that there isn’t as much to do on Lana’i as the other islands and the choices of accommodations are limited.

Lana’i Tourism

Tourism on Lana’i is a recent development, becoming important to the island only since the demise of the pineapple industry in 1980s – 1990s.

Please note: most of the sites to see on Lana’i are not close to Lana’i City (the only real town on the island) and can only be reached by 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Lana’i History (From Wikipedia)

Lana’i has been under the control of nearby Maui since before recorded history. The first inhabitants of this island may have arrived as late as the 15th century. According to the Hawaiian mythology, man-eating spirits occupied the island before that time. For generations, Maui chiefs believed in these man-eating spirits. Depending on which legend one follows either the prophet Lanikāula drove the spirits from the island or the unruly Maui prince Kauluāʻau accomplished that heroic feat. The more popular myth is that the mischievous Kauluāʻau pulled up every ʻulu tree he could find on Maui. Finally his father, Kaka’alanei had to banish him to Lanaʻi, expecting him not to survive in that hostile place. However Kauluāʻau was able to outwit the spirits and drive them from the island. The chief looked across the channel from Maui and saw that his son’s fire continued to burn nightly on the shore, and he sent a canoe to Lanaʻi to bring the prince, redeemed by his courage and his cleverness, back home to Maui. As a reward, Kauluāʻau was given control of the island and he encouraged immigration from other islands. True to himself Kauluāʻau had, in the meantime, pulled up all the ʻulu trees on Lanaʻi, accounting for the lack of ʻulu on that island. The name Lanaʻi is of uncertain origin, but the island has historically been called Lanaʻi o Kauluāʻau. One theory is that the phrase means "day of the conquest of Kauluāʻau."

The first people to migrate here, most likely from Maui and Moloka’i, probably established fishing villages along the coast initially but later branched out into the interior where they raised taro in the fertile soil. During most of those times, the Mo’ i of Maui held dominion over Lana’i. Even today, anaʻi is part of the County of Maui, but apparently the Maui leaders primarily left the people of Lanaʻi to their own devices. Life on Lanaʻi remained relatively calm until King Kamehameha I came over to take control, slaughtering people on every part of the island. So many were killed that when Captain George Vancouver sailed past the island in 1792, he didn’t bother to land because of Lanaʻi’s apparent lack of villages and population. It is mentioned that Lanaʻi was the favorite fishing spot of Kamehameha out of all the eight islands.

Lana’i was first seen by Europeans on February 25, 1779, when Captain Charles Clerke sighted the island from aboard James Cook’s HMS Resolution.. Clerke had taken command of the ship after Cook was killed at Kealakekua Bay on February 14.

In 1922, James Dole, the president of Hawaiian Pineapple Company (later renamed Dole Food Company) bought the entire island of Lanaʻi and developed a large portion of it into the world’s largest pineapple plantation.