Lanai City: An Overview
Lanai City, situated more or less at the center of the island, is Lanai’s only town and home to a majority of the island’s approximately 2,200 inhabitants. It was originally built in the early 1920s as a pineapple plantation town, and laid along a grid of a dozen or so paved streets, that are still lined with the old, tin-roofed plantation-era houses and characteristic Norfolk Island pines. The town itself is one mile long and a half wide.
In and Around Lanai City
Of interest, at the center of Lanai City is the grassy, Norfolk Pine-lined Dole Park, with most of the local businesses—a shopping center, a market, two eateries, and a handful of shops—situated around the park, on Seventh, Eighth, Fraser and Lanai avenues.
Another place worth mentioning is the relatively newly built, 102-room Lodge at Koele, situated just to the northeast of town, amid green meadows and towering pines. It opened to the public in 1991, and boasts among its amenities an 18-hole, Greg Norman and Ted Robinson- designed golf course.
Kaumalapau Harbor, situated some 6 miles to the southwest of Lanai City, at the end of Kaumalapau Highway, also holds some interest. It was originally built in the early 1900s to ship the island’s pineapples to canneries in Honolulu, and nearly a million pineapples are still shipped from here daily. The harbor is also a good place to enjoy Lanai’s beautiful sunsets.
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