Lanai, with a total area of only 141 square miles, is the smallest of the 8 main Hawaiian islands. The island has a length of 18 miles and a width of 13 miles. The population is approximately 2,800, most residents live in Lanai City.
The entire island of Lanai was purchased in 1922 by James Dole, at a cost of $1.1 million. Today most of the island is still owned by the Dole company  and much of the land is dedicated to commercial pineapple farming. The tourism industry is also active on the island, which has many beautiful beaches.