Family Fun- Lanai is a 141-square-mile playground for kids and adults alike. Here you’ll find a variety of activities to share with your entire family. Have a picnic in Dole Park in the middle of Lanai City or or go for a horseback ride. Or, build sand castles or explore the tide pools. Far from the crowds and distractions of the world, Lanai offers the ideal place to reconnect with your family.
Find your sweet spot in Lanai without even taking a swing. On this modest island, you’ll find two golf courses of remarkable prestige. The Experience at Koele is an 18-hole championship course designed by legends Greg Norman and Ted Robinson. Situated in Lanai’s 2,000-foot highlands, Koele is relatively short at 6,200 yards, but the course winds through hills and over tropical gulches. Here each hole is graced with incredible vistas, from mountain ravines to Pacific Ocean views of neighboring Maui and Molokai across the channel. This dramatic course, surrounded by soaring pines and eucalyptus trees, is indeed a one-of-a-kind experience.
Along the southern coast, Jack Nicklaus created one of his most famous masterpieces, TheChallenge at Manele golf course. With three holes built on the seaside cliffs above Hulopoe Bay, this target-style course roams across several hundred acres of natural lava outcroppings, using plunging ravines, native kiawe and towering trees as natural hazards. Each hole has five tee locations allowing golfers at all levels to enjoy one of Jack Nicklaus’ crowning achievements in golf design. Both tracks rank among the best resort courses in Hawaii and the world by leading publications and travel guides.
The weather on Lanai is pleasant and drier than other islands, receiving only about 37 inches of rainfall per year. Temperatures range from 70º to 85º F. Lanai City sits at nearly 1,700 feet, where the warmest months reach about 72º F so don’t forget to bring a jacket. Temperatures at Hulopoe Bay are usually about 10º to 12º higher allowing you to experience the best of both worlds.
Lanai is separated into 3 regions: South Lanai, Central Lanai and North Lanai. With 47 miles of coastline, only the southern coast of Hulopoe Bay offers an easily accessible beach. Lanai plateaus in its center creating cooler temperatures in Lanai City (almost 1,700 feet above sea level) and the island’s highest point Lanaihale (3,370 feet). From different locations you can get clear views of the neighboring islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and, from higher elevations, even Oahu and Hawaii’s Big Island.
Once called the Pineapple Island, you can still see the open fields where pineapple once grew in the plains of the Palawai Basin. And with only 30 miles of paved roads, many of Lanai’s natural attractions in North Lanai can only be reached with a 4-wheel drive on rocky, unpaved roads.
- Hulopoe Bay - This protected bay is home to incredible tide pools and is a great place to view dolphins.
- Keahiakawelo, also known as The Garden of the Gods, is an otherwordly natural rock garden.
- Lanai City is the central town of the island featuring charming shops, local restaurants, the Hotel Lanai and the Four Seasons, The Lodge at Koele.
- Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock rises from the waters between Hulopoe Bay and Manele Bay.
Lanai is Hawaii's smallest populated island and features three distinct regions to explore: South Lanai, Central Lanai and North Lanai.
- Get off the beaten path and follow the unpaved roads to Lanai’s most secluded and unexpected attractions.
- Home to Lanai City, the open plains and Cook pine trees of Central Lanai offer a more rustic feel than the other Hawaiian Islands.
- You’ll find luxury and tranquility at beautiful Hulopoe Beach and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, both in South Lanai.