For most of this century, tiny Lanai was known as Pineapple Island and was the private domain of the Dole Food Company, which used its 18,000 acres to lead the world in production of the sweet fruit. Dole still owns much of the island, but has swapped commercial pineapple production for tourism.
With its sheer volcanic cliffs, white-sand beaches, pinnacle rock islets, and wide-open fields, the island is pristine and gorgeous. Interesting sites include petroglyphs carved on the huge boulders above Palawai Basin, and the colorful and oddly eroded rocks at Garden of the Gods.
Snuggled between Maui and Molokai, this sixth largest of the Hawaii islands is now home to two of the state's most elegant resorts, the Manele Bay Hotel and the Lodge at Keole.
Hotel News The 250-room Manele Bay Hotel, set on a cliff overlooking the sea, has 12,000 square feet of meeting space at the Lana'i Conference Center.
Eight miles inland, the 120-room Lodge at Koele is reminiscent of a country estate and makes a fine getaway for small groups.
Proverbs from the book 'Olelo No'eau, Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings, published by Bishop Museum Press. This special section was written by Joyce Wiswell.