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The Island of Lana'i takes you back to the more simple life of old Hawai'i. Lana'i is a unique community, with no shopping centers, no fast food places, and no stop lights. What Lana'i does have is a peaceful lifestyle, friendly people, healthy outdoor activities, and all of the amenities that anyone could desire. Lana'i has two luxury resorts with two championship golf courses. Lana'i City is the home to the majority if the island's resident with a population currently of about 3,000 people.


Lana'i's History
Until the 1500's Lana'i was largely uninhabited.  It now has a population of over 3,000 people.  Lana'i was once known as the 'Pineapple Island' because of it's island wide pineapple plantation, which closed after the economy made the growing of pineapple economically non-productive .  At one point, Lana'i was the largest single plantation in the world.  The plantation was originally known as The Hawaiian Pineapple Company and then Dole Pineapple.  Over time, Dole Pineapple merged with Castle and Cooke and as the plantation slowed down tourism took over.  Lana'i is now home to two luxurious resorts, each with its own unique golf course.  The Experience at Koele was designed by Greg Norman and the Challenge at Manele by Jack Nicklaus.  In 2007, The Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay Hotel were contracted to be managed by the Four Seasons Resorts.

For more information about the history of Lanai, go to:  http://www.lanaichc.org/

"The Enticing Island"
Lana'i is unlike any other island in the Hawai'ian Islands.  The small town characteristics still exist with no fast-food chains, no stoplights, and no 24-hour convenience stores.  Yet Lana'i is  home to two award winning golf courses, fine dining, and world class resorts.  This unique island offers all of the pampering one could imagine without the hectic pace.  And for that reason Lana'i is often called  the 'The Enticing Island".

For travel information, go to:  http://visitlanai.net/

                                             Real Estate Information

Many people think that property on Lanai is all owned by one person. That is not the case.  Historically the Plantation sold homes  in the city to their workers.   Those homes have passed down through families or through sales and now the majority of homes in town are owned by private individuals.  Homes in town range in age from 70 years to only 3 or 4 years old.  Most homes in the city are modest and are located on fairly small lots.  A 6,000 sq ft lot is considered large by city standards.  However, sale prices now range in the $300,000s for these modest homes.  Supply and demand effects prices here.   

Luxury homes, condos, and buildable single family lots are available around the two resorts, upcountry-Koele and ocean side-Manele.

Whether you are a first time home buyer or an experienced investor, we hope to be able to find a home suited for you.    Click on Luxury Homes or Lana'i City Homes for current listings.  If you want to be kept up to date on what is currently listed, please complete the Home Finder form.


The availability of rental homes is very scarce on the island.  Lanai Resorts LLC, the main owner of the island handles many of the rentals, but they are mostly for their own employees or the resort employees.  The local school handles some rentals for their teachers only.  Okamoto Realty handles about a dozen private rental homes, but they are usually fully rented.

If you currently own property and are thinking of placing it on the market, Okamoto Realty is just the office to help you.  We can help you with getting the home ready to sell, pricing it properly and marketing it for the most exposure.  Please fill out the Home Finder form if you want more information on selling your home or contact one of our agents.

Linda Kay Okamoto R (B) CRS, GRI
Okamoto Realty LLC
338 Eighth Street,  Lanai City, HI

Thank you for visiting today. If this is your first visit, take your time and look around. I have plenty of information and resources available to you. If you are a return visitor, thank you. I would love to hear from you and tell you how I can serve all your real estate needs.