Lanai Culture & Heritage Center

#8 in Best Things To Do in Lanai
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Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)

Key Info

730 Lanai Ave. # 126

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Located in Lanai City, the Lanai Culture & Heritage Center is housed in the old Dole Administration Building. Small exhibits trace the island's history from its volcanic rise to prehistoric times and from native occupation to the closing of the Dole pineapple plantation. 

Many visitors said this should be your first stop before exploring the island as it provides a wealth of context for understanding the city's cultural and geological identity. Reviewers noted that because of its small size, you can tour the center in about 45 minutes to an hour. They also praised the friendly, passionate staff and their commitment to preserving the island's history.

The center is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. For more information, check out the Lanai Culture & Heritage Center's website.

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Recent travelers recommend that you uncover the sea stars and hermit crabs in the bay's eastern side tide pools, and that you picnic in the shady areas behind the beach. If you get antsy sunbathing, lace up your hiking shoes and take a 15- to 20-minute walk along the cliffs just southeast of the tide pools to catch a glimpse of Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. According to Hawaiian legend, a grief-stricken warrior jumped from this 80-foot rock after learning of his wife's passing. 

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