Lanai City is a fun small-town, perfect to explore on foot!
Are you planning a day-trip to Lanai? Or looking to take a break from resort life and explore Lanai City? Here is my guide to exploring the area in about half-a-day. My most notable takeaways from this small-town are not featured below, but include: the gas station/convenience store where I bought a dress & the Szechuan restaurant open “late” (Chengdu Taste) where I sang along to Bottom of a Rainbow with Kimié Miner!
Look no further for your cup of mornin’ Joe. Coffee Works is located on a side road, just off the main square. Built in a historic plantation home, with a great patio, this coffee shop is open early and serves breakfast.
With art featured in the Lanai Airport, Mike Carroll is an oil painter who runs a fine art shop featuring the work of other local artists. This is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or omiyage (gift to take to someone after traveling).
Lanai Culture & Heritage Center
If you are looking for a museum-esque experience, visit the Lanai Culture & Heritage Center located in the Old Dole Administration Building. This center has a complete history of the island, featuring Hawaiian, ranching, and plantation artifacts.
If you are in need of any pharmacy items, visit Rainbow Pharmacy! It is pretty rare to find a small-town pharmacy like this anymore… and that’s what I love about Lanai ☺️ Their storefront is worth a visit as they feature a really amazing chocolate collection, plus local candles and home goods. Thank you so much, Kert, for the Friis-Holm Chokolade… I loved it!
Richard’s is the main market on Lanai if you’re looking for groceries, toiletries, or prepared food. They carry a number of local products and are located right in the heart of Lanai City.