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1 an island of central Hawaii; a pineapple-growing area [syn: Lanai Island]
2 a veranda or roofed patio often furnished and used as a living room

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A roofed patio.

Usage notes

Commonly used in conversation in Hawai'i.

Extensive Definition

Lānai (in Hawaiian ) is the sixth-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It is also known as the Pineapple Island because of its past as an island-wide pineapple plantation. The only town is Lānai City, a small settlement. The island is somewhat comma-shaped, with a width of 18 miles in the longest direction. The land area is 140.5 square miles (364 km²), making it the 42nd largest island in the United States. It is separated from the island of Molokai by the Kalohi Channel to the north, and from Maui by the Auau Channel to the east. The United States Census Bureau defines Lānai as Census Tract 316 of Maui County. Its total population was 3,193 as of the 2000 census.. Many of the island's landmarks and sites are located off of dirt roads where four wheel drive is required.


Lānai was first seen by Europeans on February 25, 1779, when Captain Charles Clerke sighted the island from aboard James Cook's HMS Resolution. Clerke had taken command of the ship after Cook was killed at Kealakekua Bay on February 14, and was leaving the islands for the North Pacific.
In 1922, James Dole, the president of Hawaiian Pineapple Company (later renamed to Dole Food Company), bought the entire island of Lānai, and developed a large portion of it into the world's largest pineapple plantation.
In 1985, Lānai passed into the control of David H. Murdock, as a result of his purchase of Castle & Cooke.


Tourism on Lānai started more recently as the pineapple industry was phased out in the islands.
There are two resort hotels on Lānai, both managed by Four Seasons Hotels: Mānele Bay and the Lodge at Kōʻele. The latter is unusual for a resort in Hawaii in that it is located inland rather than near the beach. There is also a small hotel in Lānai City used primarily for people visiting Lānai residents. Both resorts have golf courses, and are managed by Four Seasons.
Most of the attractions on the island outside of the hotels and town can be visited only via dirt roads that require a 4x4 vehicle.

Places to visit

  • Puu Pehe, a.k.a. "Sweetheart Rock", is situated about 150 feet offshore between Manele Bay and Hulopoe Bay along the island’s southern coastline. It is one of Lanai’s most recognizable landmarks and also the setting for one of Hawaii’s most enduring legends.
  • Keahikawelo, also known as "Garden of the Gods", is characterized by boulders of varying sizes, shapes and colors. They are the result of thousands of years of erosion.



  • The largest private residence on the island is a mansion owned by billionaire David H. Murdock. It is located next to Mānele Bay, on the south east side of the island.




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