Surfing in Lana‘i
Surfing on Lanai can be truly enjoyable. Quality, not quantity, characterizes this isle's few breaks. Be considerate of the locals and they will be considerate of you—surfing takes the place of megaplex theaters and pool halls here, serving as one of the island's few recreational luxuries.
Don't try to hang 10 at Hulopoe Bay without watching the conditions for a while. When it "goes off," it's a tricky left-handed shore break that requires some skill. Huge summer south swells are for experts only. The southeast-facing breaks at Lopa Beach on the east side are inviting for beginners. Give them a try in summer, when the swells roll in nice and easy.
Equipment and Lessons
Lanai Surf School. Nick Palumbo offers the only surf instruction on the island. Sign up for his "4x4 Safari"—a four-hour adventure that includes hard- or soft-top boards, snacks, and transportation to windward "secret spots." Palumbo, who was born on Lanai, is a former Hawaii State Surfing Champion. Lessons are $200 (minimum of two people). Experienced riders can rent boards overnight for $58. Palumbo also has the only paddleboard permit for Hulopoe Bay, and gives lessons and rents equipment. He will pick you up at your hotel. Lanai City, HI, 96763. 808/649–0739. www.lanaisurfsafari.com.
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