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Getting to Lanai
There is no direct service to Lanai from the continental United States. Instead, fly to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) or Kahului Airport (OGG) in Maui, where you can connect to several local airlines with service to Lanai Airport (LNY). You can also take day trips between Manele Harbor and Maui’s Lahaina Harbor through the Expeditions ferry service. There are 5 round-trips daily. Ferry trips take roughly an hour. For more information call (800) 695-2624, (808) 661-3756 or visit www.go-lanai.com.
Major airlines flying from New Zealand to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu include Air New Zealand (non-stop) and Air Pacific (via Nadi). From Oahu, you can connect to several local airlines with service to Lanai Airport (LNY). There is no direct service to Lanai from the continental United States. You can also take day trips between Manele Harbor and Lahaina Harbor in Maui through the Expeditions ferry service. There are 5 round-trips daily. Ferry trips take roughly an hour. For more information call (800) 695-2624, (808) 661-3756 or visit www.go-lanai.com.
Staying on Lanai
Lanai has two world-class resorts, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele. The historic Hotel Lanai can be found in Lanai City.
The weather on Lanai is pleasant and drier than other islands. Lanai City sits at nearly 520 metres, where the warmest months reach about 22º C, so bring a light jacket. Temperatures at Manele and Hulopoe Bay are usually slightly higher.
Traveling on Lanai
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai provides a shuttle service between the airport, ferry terminal, Lanai City and their two resorts. There is no public transport on Lanai so you can rent a car or 4-wheel drive. Make reservations in advance. Taxi services are limited.
Hawaii’s currency is the US dollar. You can exchange currency at Honolulu International Airport (HNL), at the other major neighbouring island airports, and at resort destinations. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are plentiful. Travellers cheques are accepted at many businesses.
What to Pack
It's warm in Hawaii, so pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a jacket or jumper for the evenings, especially if you’re staying in the cool uplands of Lanai City. Suits and ties are very rarely worn here. You can buy an aloha shirt and jandals (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.
US standards on tipping apply:
Restaurants: 15-20%. Check to see if “gratuity” is included for large parties
Bar: $0.50-$1 US per drink
Housekeeping: $1 US per bed, per night
Luggage porters: $1 US per bag
Doorman: $1 US for calling a taxi
Room Service: 10-15% of the total bill
Taxi: 15% of fare
The official languages of Hawaii are English and Hawaiian, although Hawaiian is not commonly spoken. Major resort areas often have customer service representatives who speak Japanese.
Internet and Electricity
Internet access is readily available in Hawaii. Electricity in the US is 115/120 volts at 60 cycles (60 Hz) per second. If your device does not accept this voltage, you may need to purchase a voltage converter.
The US Department of Agriculture enforces strict rules regarding the exportation of uninspected plants and animals and requires a declaration form for each person arriving in Hawaii. When departing, your luggage must pass a pre-flight screening for uninspected fruits and plants. You are welcome to take inspected fresh flowers and fruits home. Items purchased at the airport or mailed home from local vendors are inspected for you.
Useful Phone Numbers and Links
New Zealand Consulate: 1-808-595-2200
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808)
Ambulance/Police/Fire Department: 911
Lanai Visitors Bureau: (800) 947-4774
Marriage License and Civil Unions: (808) 586-4545
Lanai Community Hospital: (808) 565-8450
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