The Island of LANAI
Lanai, the sixth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, is 48 miles ( 77km) southeast of Oahu.
It has 47 miles ( 76km) of coastline and is 18 miles ( 29 km) across at it's longest / widest point.
The highest summit is Lana'ihale, 3,370 feet ( 1,027 m ), at the eastern end of the island.
In the olden days, Lanai is said to have been known as the'Isle of contentment'.
This, however, conflicts with the legend that says Lanai was once an evil place, overrun with demons.
It was not until the evil spirits were driven out by Kaulula'au, exiled son of a West Maui king, that natives finally came to live on Lanai.
In 1779, Captain Cook took note of the many Hawaiians who lived by fishing and raising taro on the south shore of Lanai.
Their numbers soon decreased, however, as a result of wars among the Hawaiian chiefs.
The first missionaries, arriving on the island in 1835, found farmers and fishermen among the principal residents.
Top rated Attractions
Garden of the Gods
Watching the turtles swim at Polihua Beach
Scuba diving and sailing said to be the best in all Hawaii
Lanai Art CenterFascinating Facts:
Luahiwa Petroglyphs are considered among the best- preserved in all the islands.
Kaunolu Village is a National Historic Landmark and is full of archaeological treasures.
There are no traffic lights on this quaint island.