- Uninhabited until the 1500s, Lana'i is a place of pristine and primal natural beauty, just west off Maui and accessible by ferry, day trip cruise or air. Formed by a volcanic shield, it is the one of the smallest and least populous islands in the U.S. Walk a mile on the beach across the channel from Lahaina town in solitude. Lana`i was formerly synonymous with pineapples, as 75% of the world's production came from here at one time. In the 1990s, as demand waned, the island was sold and rededicated to tourism with the construction of two ultra-luxury hotels, each with an accompanying championship golf course. Of course, you can also opt for "local style" accommodations, as meeting Lanaians is one of the reasons to go. Visit Lana'i to see how the old plantation ways still survive (but only just) encroaching modernity.
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