The central part of Lanai was the inside of a volcano and is naturally shaped like the inside of a shallow bowl. Lanai was nicknamed 'the pineapple isle' since virtually all the arable land there was devoted to growing pineapple. Related, about 90% of the land was owned by the Dole Pineapple company. In more recent times, this has all changed and there are now no commercial operations on the island and Dole sold off their holdings about 20 years ago. The island is (for all intents and purposes) now owned by Larry Ellison of Oracle Computer fame.
|Copyright Michael Cairns. Lanai, Hawaii 1959|