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Lanai is a compact and quiet Hawaiian island, so seeing the best the island has to offer in one day is easy to accomplish — that is, once you’ve rented a 4-wheel drive vehicle, which will give you access to the rugged island’s best sights and beaches. Begin by grabbing a cup of coffee at Coffee Works located a block off Dole Park in Lanai City. In addition to a solid cup of coffee, this café serves blended espresso shakes, gourmet ice cream, bagels and lox, and more.
Next, head to the picturesque Hulopoe Bay on Lanai’s south coast. A protected area, the bay offers some of the best snorkeling on the island. On the eastern side of the bay are large tide pools, great for exploring small marine ecosystems. Take the short hike to Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock, rising between Hulopoe and Manele bays. Locals tell the story of a beautiful Maui girl kidnapped by a young warrior from Lanai, who loved her so much he hid her in a sea cave at the base of Manele’s cliffs. The girl drowned during a storm and the brokenhearted warrior threw himself from the cliff.
Head back to Lanai City for some shopping and dining in and around Dole Park, the city’s main square. Visit the small shops, boutiques and art galleries — particularly the Mike Carroll Gallery and the Lanai Art Center and Gallery — for a few hours. Then sample some truly local fare — like loco moco or chicken katsu — at 565 Café.
As the day winds down, visit Four Seasons Resort Lana'i for a Hawaiian lomi lomi massage at the resort’s spa, and then stop in Kailani for a champagne cocktail or local beer with ocean views. End your day in paradise with dinner at the resort's Nobu Lanai, where chef Nobu Matsuhisa infuses his signature Japanese cuisine with local Hawaiian ingredients.