Hawaii: If you're looking for the unspoiled Hawaii of days
long past, change your vacation plans now and head straight for
the island of Lanai. With only 17 miles of paved roads, beautiful
Lanai is one of the best kept secrets of the Hawaiian Islands and
the least visited. Here you have the best of both worlds - a rare
undeveloped Hawaiian Island with world class hotels and award winning
golf courses. Lanai is also rated among the top ten diving locations
in the world. From the peak of Lanaihale, Lanai's highest point
at 3,370 feet, you not only have a panoramic view of the whole island,
but it is also the only place in the entire Hawaiian Islands where
Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island can be viewed
is only 18 miles long and 13 miles wide. It is eight miles to the
west of Maui Island and nine miles south of Molokai Island. Less
than 3,000 Hawaiians live here. In fact, Axis deer, a prized game
animal introduced from India in the 1920's, now outnumbers Lanai's
inhabitants! There are also Mouflon sheep and a plethora of game
birds including pheasant, quail, chukar partridge and wild turkey
(you will never see so many wild turkey in your life!). James Dole
bought Lanai in 1922 and turned it into the world's largest pineapple
plantation (this tiny island once supplied 90% of the world's pineapples).
Castle & Cooke Inc are now the corporate successors and less than
100 acres of the island are still used for growing the fruit.
to be missed on Lanai are taking a rental jeep down to Shipwreck
Beach (a great place to comb for treasures with a backdrop of a
reefed World War II Liberty ship),ancient Kaunolu Village (the ruins
of King Kamehameha's fishing getaway), Hulopoe Bay (the best snorkeling
spot in the Hawaiian Islands), a round of golf at The Experience
at Koele and dining at the highest rated restaurants in Hawaii.
A world away from the hustle and bustle of Oahu, a vacation on
Lanai is an unforgettable experience, so much so, that Microsoft's
Bill Gates literally reserved the entire island for his wedding!