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Lanai - The Pineapple Island

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Before 1922, the island of Lanai was mostly used for grazing cattle.  That year, however, James Dole - a pineapple grower and operator of a company he started in Hawaii (where he also lived) - bought the entire island for $1.1 million and turned it into the world's largest pineapple plantation.  Dole's crops covered about 200,000 acres.

In 1985, LA-based David Murdock - a wealthy businessman - bought the island (although 2% of the land is owned by the State of Hawaii) and had most of the pineapple plants removed.  An agricultural industry was thus replaced by high-end resorts providing a place of rest and relaxation for visitors.

With 47 miles of coastline, Lanai is 18 miles long and 13 miles wide.  It has an area of 141 square miles and averages 50 inches of annual rainfall.

On the 1st of January, 1994, Bill Gates (of Microsoft) rented the entire island for his wedding to Melinda French.

Click on the map for a better view.


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Lanai map, online courtesy State of Hawaii.

 

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