/lah nah"ee, leuh nuy"/, n.
an island in central Hawaii: pineapple plantations. 2204; 141 sq. mi. (365 sq. km).

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Hawaiian  Lāna‘i 

      island, Maui county, Hawaii, U.S. Situated across the Auau Channel from Maui island, it is formed by the extinct volcano Lanaihale (Palawai; 3,366 feet [1,026 metres]). The sixth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Lanai has an area of 140 square miles (363 square km). Lanai is separated from the island of Kahoolawe (southeast) by the Kealaikahiki Channel and from Molokai (north) by the Kalohi Channel.

      Lanai long contained small fishing villages. In 1854 a group of Mormon elders formed a colony, but it was unsuccessful. Lanai was used primarily for cattle grazing until 1922, when it was purchased by the Dole Corporation for use as a pineapple plantation. It was once the largest pineapple plantation in the United States. In 1961 Castle & Cook, Inc., after merging with Dole, took over the management of the island. It is the largest privately owned island in the Hawaiian chain. The principal settlements are Lanai City (built in 1922 by Dole to house its employees) and the port of Kaumalapau on the west coast. The remains of houses and a heiau (a ceremonial and religious structure) can be viewed at the ruined 15th-century village of Kaunolu, a national historical landmark, where King Kamehameha I established a royal retreat. In Palawai Basin are the Luahiwa petroglyphs, which were created in the 18th century. Lanai (Hawaiian: “Conquest Day”) is the only one of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands whose name has a known etymology.

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