Hawaii's Most Enticing Island
Manele Bay, Lanai
BIOLOGY Lanai has a wide variety of plant, marine and animal life. Many species are rare and endangered including the giant Pacific Green Sea Turtle (which can grow to 400 pounds) and the Humpback Whale (the official state marine mammal). Vegetation zones include: coastal, dryland forest, mixed open forest.
CLIMATE At Lanai City, the average temperature ranges from 66 (°F) to 73 (°F) and the average annual rainfall is 37 inches - a very arid island.
CULTURAL HISTORY Largely uninhabited until the 1500's, Lanai, as part of Maui County, is now a multi-cultural society with immigration from:
Major contributions to the State of Hawaii's economy include:
With the demise of its sugar and pineapple industries in the 1990's, Hawaii is working to diversify its economy with a focus on industries such as science and technology, health and wellness tourism, diversified agriculture, ocean research and development, and film and television production. A Study currently being conducted by the State is looking at the extent to which the benefits from tourism can be maintained, while sustaining the quality of our social, economic and environmental assets.
Formerly known as the "Pineapple Isle", Lanai was once the largest single pineapple plantation in the world - it is now the home of two luxury resorts. Today, over 98% of the land on Lanai is owned by the Lanai Company, Inc. (a development firm). Lanai's major source of annual income is tourism.
EDUCATION Lanai :
GOVERNMENT On Lanai, as throughout the State, there is no separate municipal government. As part of Maui County, Lanai has an elected mayor with a four-year term (two-term limit) and a nine-member council with two-year terms.
OFFICIAL COLOR AND FLOWER The official color is orange and the official flower is the kaunaoa.
POPULATION Lanai had a resident population of 3,193 in 2000.10
TOURISM Lanai had approximately 75,822 visitors in 2005.12
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