Chapter 1, Section 1
Lāna‘i is called the “Pineapple Isle” because of the fruit’s legacy on that island. In 1922, the Dole Hawaiian Pineapple Company bought the whole island from the Baldwin family of Maui. From then on, Lāna‘i went from a wilderness to the world’s largest pineapple plantation of 16,000 acres set up by Castle and Cook, owners of Dole Pineapple. However, with high labor costs and too much competition from foreign growers, the pineapple industry of Lāna‘i ended.
Lāna‘i, twenty-five miles from Moloka‘i, is an island largely made up of red volcanic soil. One unusual sight is Keahiakawelo, commonly called the “Garden of the Gods.” The area is without much vegetation and filled with amazing rock formations.