Posted on August - 08 - 2008
Also known as, the Pineapple Island because of the pineapple plantation all over the island, Lanai is the sixth largest island of the Hawaiian Islands. While the Kalohi Channel separates it from the island of Molokai, the Auau Channel separates it from the Maui island. In this comma shaped island, the city of Lanai is the one & only town with a small settlement.
It was in 1400 that the first inhabitants arrived on this island. From time immemorial Lanai has been under the control of the of Maui chiefs, who believed that man-eating spirits occupied the island. Legendary sources reveal that either the prophet Lanikaula or the Maui prince Kaulua’au achieved this heroic feat. In fact, the lack of breadfruit on this island is attributed to Kaulua’ua, who is said to have pulled off all the breadfruits there.
King Kamehameha I brought havoc on the lives of the people of Lanai. This island was his favourite fishing spot out of all the Hawaiian Islands. The first European to have caught sight of this island was Captain Charles Clarke. James Dole bought this island & gradually developed a large portion of it in to the world’s largest pineapple plantation.