A beach in Lanai, Hawaii (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Hawaii beach Lanai (iStockphoto)

Hawaii Black sand beach Lanai (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Lanai

The smallest and quietest of the Hawaiian Islands (there’s no Starbucks here, folks), Lanai is nothing short of unique character, extreme natural beauty, and a fierce commitment to tranquility—most notably on a golf course. Just 18 miles wide and 13 miles long, there’s not much else to do here than relax—unwind on stretches of deserted sand, on remote forest hiking trails, or in a one-man fishing vessel adrift the Pacific Ocean. As of recently, the island has developed a reputation for catering to the elite. Billionaire Bill Gates rented the entire island for his wedding. And another recognizable billionaire, David Murdock of Castle & Cooke fame, controls roughly 98 percent of the island with some lofty visions for expansion. Lanai may be getting cozy in its spot as a tourist attraction, so we suggest getting while the getting’s good. 

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