FAQs Lanai

When you are planning your vacation to the Lanai Island we are sure you have many questions to ask. 

We have answered the most common questions asked about the Islands of Hawaii.

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Island Highlights

- Hulopoe Bay: Home to one of America’s Best Beaches and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.
- Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock): Take a short hike from Hulopoe bay to this iconic Lanai landmark.
- Lanai City: Charming central town, home to the Hotel Lanai and near the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lodge at Koele.
- Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): This secluded beach features a ghostly ship still wrecked off shore.
- Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods): 4-wheel drive to this other worldly landscape.

Meaning of Hawaii What does Hawaii mean?
Hawaii is the name of the largest of the Hawaiian islands (also known as the Big Island) and is the name of the 50th State in the USA which is a collection of 8 islands – Hawai’i, Maui, Lana’i, Moloka’i, Koho’olawe, O’ahu, Kaua’i, and Ni'ihau. Many believe the name Hawai’i was adapted from the name Hawaiki, the name for a mythical homeland of all Polynesians. Others believe it is a variation of a South Pacific island Raiatea, which was called Havaii at the time of migration.

Time difference in Hawaii What is the time difference from the continental US?
Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March through November).

Airports in Hawaii Where is the main airport on Lanai Island?
The main airport on Lanai is Lanai Airport (LNY). There is no direct service to Lanai from the continental US. Instead, fly to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) or Kahului Airport (OGG) in Maui, where you can connect to several local airlines with service to Lanai Airport. For those flying into Maui, you can travel to Lanai’s Manele Harbor from Maui’s Lahaina Harbor through the Expeditions ferry service. There are 5 round-trips daily and Ferry trips take roughly an hour. 

Hawaii car rental Do I need a car to get around Lanai Island?
Lanai has a great Island-wide transportation system offered for a nominal fee. We recommend a rental car (preferably a 4-wheel drive vehicle) for exploring the special sites throughout the island, and we strongly suggest booking before you arrive. 

Hotels and resorts in Hawaii Where are the major hotel and resort areas on Lanai Island?
Lanai has two world-class resorts, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lodge at Koele. The historic Hotel Lanai can be found in Lanai City.

Passport requirements Hawaii Do I need my passport to get to Lanai Island?
Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won’t need to bring your passport (valued US drivers license) unless you’re visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii.

Dress for Hawaii What should I pack on my trip to Lanai Island?
The weather on Lanai is regularly warm and dry. Because of its location, the island does not get as much rain as the others. Bring a light jacket since Lanai City sits at nearly 1,700 feet, where the warmest months reach about 72º. Temperatures at Manele and Hulopoe Bay are usually about 10º to 12º warmer. Bring casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing some fine dining and hiking gear if you intend using the various trails. You can buy an Aloha Shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here. Suits and ties are rarely worn here.

Travelers checks in Hawaii Must I take traveler's checks?
Traveler’s checks aren’t necessary since credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are everywhere. 

When to visit Hawaii When is a good time to visit Lanai Island?
Anytime of year is a good time to visit Lanai. Summer is warmer and drier while winter is slightly cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Lanai City sits at nearly 1,700 feet so it’s noticeably cooler here than it is at the beaches. Whale watching season begins in December and ends in May. Peak whale watching months are between January and early April.

Kona Airport distances How far is it from Lanai Airport (LNY) to:
Lanai City: 10 minutes
Hulopoe Bay: 25 minutes
Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): 40 minutes

Hilo airport distances What is the telephone area code for Hawaii Island?
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808).

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