With its charming plantation-era shops and restaurants having received new paint jobs and landscaping, Lanai City is worthy of whiling away a lazy Lanai afternoon. This pedestrian-oriented town (the only town on the entire island) is situated around the perimeter of Dole Park, which, with its stately Cook pine trees, serves as the community gathering place.
Pineapples once blanketed the Palawai, the great basin south of Lanai City. Although it looks like a volcanic crater, it isn't. Some say that the name Palawai is descriptive of the mist that sometimes fills the basin at dawn and looks like a huge shining lake.
Manele Bay is an ocean-lover’s dream: Hulopoe Beach offers top-notch snorkeling, swimming, picnicking, tide pools, and, sometimes, spinner dolphins. Off-island ocean excursions depart from nearby Manele Small Boat Harbor. Take the short but rugged hike to the Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock) overlook, and you’ll enjoy a bird’s-eye view of this iconic Lanai landmark.
The area northwest of Lanai City is wild; the otherworldly Garden of the Gods is one of its highlights.