Lanai Cat Sanctuary
Lanai Cat Sanctuary
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Longing for the cat you left at home? Don't miss Lanai`s open-air sanctuary, a happy haven for spayed and neutered cats. Imagine a large playground in paradise, where over 600 cats romp and play in Hawaii's sunshine, and snooze under shady trees. Purring cats of all shapes and sizes eagerly await your visit. Our caregivers, who joyfully care for the cats, would love to meet you too. If you're interested in adopting a cat, we love matchmaking!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • fauberg
    Hurricane, West Virginia94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Purradise
    We planned our visit to Lanai just to stop by this cat sanctuary. What a fun day trip. We booked our ferry/shuttle transportation with Lost on Lanai. The sanctuary is definitely purradise. Everything is well organized and the cats seem content.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Cora C
    New York City, New York18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Lanai, still virgin, autentic, real Hawaii, you only have beaches, and rock, and poke everywhere. It’s magical. If you there you must stay in Four Seasons Lanai, and take time to go to Four Seasons Sensei, it’s in the mountains. This really beautiful! But if you prefer beach go to the other. Visit Lanai City, it’s very small but you can take a view of the local people.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Colin
    Phoenix, Arizona7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even better than I thought it would be
    This is a must-visit for anyone who even remotely likes cats. I don't think I stopped smiling the whole time I was there. We had planned to get there a bit after they opened and stay for about an hour, but we ended up staying until they closed. Relaxing under a mango tree surrounded by cats was better stress relief than any massage at any resort. It's incredibly impressive how well they take care of the cats. I wouldn't have thought you could shelter 700+ animals without at lease some getting neglected, but all the cats seemed happy and healthy and the employees were all incredibly nice and seemed to really love taking care of them. The logistics of getting to Lanai and then to the sanctuary are a bit involved, but really not that difficult, and it's more than worth the trip!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, Arizona2,000 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Funky little area with many cat villages to visit
    We stopped in not sure what to expect, but we had a great time. The staff was friendly from the moment you pulled into the parking lot. You get a bag of cat treats and full run of the cat enclosures, including the main enclosure, two senior cat areas, and the young/skittish pen. As the cats are rescued to keep them from killing local birds that are ground nesters, the cats are very motivated by food and many will follow you (and try to claw you if you are slow) while you share treats. You can sit and brush them (if the cat likes it) or just sit and let the cats come to you, but that also means they can pin you down by sitting in your lap and being in your face to get treats. I had a great time, even with a drooly cat that sat on my lap as soon as I sat down. They actually name the various 600+ cats without repeats. Buy. shirt or tote or make a donation. They are doing something good and should be supported.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Jane H
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Purrrfect!
    Wonderful and beautiful. Cats are well cared for and the area is very clean. The kitties love the visitors and the kibble. Laying under the mango tree and looking up was amazing- full of kitties sleeping in the tree! I enjoyed relaxing on the chairs where I was quickly surrounded by numerous purring fuzz balls. We arranged this trip through Lost on Lanai.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Sherry E
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great cat retreat!
    Absolutely loved the Cat Sanctuary! Staff was friendly and helpful. The cats were meowing to us and waiting for us as we entered the sanctuary. Many were very friendly and loving. Cats of all sizes, colorations, and ages. There was a special TLC area for kitties with internal issues, 2 different senior areas, and an area for 1-3 year olds. A very relaxing experience with many shaded areas to sit and spend time with the kittles. We were there for 2 hours. I could have easily stayed longer.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 16, 2024
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Ryan M
Albuquerque, United States6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Lana’i Cat Sanctuary is a wonderful place to visit on Lana’i. There are over 600 cats that have been rescued around the island and brought to the sanctuary to live. They spay and neuter the animals to help control the population and the sanctuary keeps the cat safe as well as protects endangered birds on the island. They fly in a veterinarian twice a month so the cats are well cared for and their medical needs are met.

If you are an animal lover and especially enjoy cats, this is the perfect place to spend a few hours. Bring a box of treats with you and find a seat among the many options available and soon you’ll be surrounded.
Written March 2, 2020
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Nikki P
redwood City, CA4 contributions
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Sep 2022 • Couples
The cat sanctuary is exactly what it sounds like: a wonderland of kitties!! There’s literally hundreds of friendly kitties there, happy to come rub against you and get petted. There’s no admission fee and they give you treats to bribe the cats with, but truthfully most of them are happy just to get some scritches. They’re genuinely some of the happiest, healthiest, friendliest cats I’ve seen! To get there, we took the Lanai ferry (Expeditions) from Lahaina for $30 each way. We ended up parking in a paid lot, there may be better options but that was the quickest thing we found. Upon arrival, we found a shuttle (they were holding up signs at the harbor) and were able to just hop in, but I would recommend calling ahead to reserve a spot ((808) 559-0230). Definitely bring cash for the shuttles and if you want to stop at a restaurant, though there is an ATM in Lanai city (and the shuttle drivers are super nice about bringing you wherever you want to go). Altogether, definitely recommend visiting the cat sanctuary if you love cats!
Written September 18, 2022
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barbsm1
Orland Park, IL69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Wonderful place. The cats are safe and very well taken care of. They don't need to hunt for food which helps the bird population. All are spayed or neutered. When we were there in December, they had 620 cats. The majority of the cats occupy a very large beautiful outdoor area with shelters. There are separate areas for kittens, FIV positive cats, cats with feline leukemia and a "retirement home" for senior cats. You can feed them, pet them, or just walk around or sit. They will join you. We were there for 4 hours. It is definitely worth the boat ride from Maui. There is no fee to enter but donations are requested. Please donate to this very worthy endeavor.
The best way to get to the Lanai Cat Sanctuary is through Lost On Lanai web site. They set up your boat tickets and have a van that takes you to the Sanctuary and brings you back to the dock.
Written January 7, 2020
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Rhonda W
Denare Beach, Canada46 contributions
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Feb 2020
My daughter and I took the ferry over to Lanai from Maui for a few hours to see the cats at the sanctuary. We didn't book a shuttle or anything but there was lots available when we arrived. They charged $10 each each way which I thought was fair. Let me start by saying I am an avid animal advicate. When I arrived I was blown away at how well taken care of these cats are! We were given treats to give to the cats and they climbed all over us...quite literally! I loved how there was a big open space for the more outgoing cats who wanted the attention, but there was also alot of private space for ones that didn't want the attention. There was lots of water and food available. The one thing I did notice was that many cats had "gunky" eyes. Not sure what that was about. My favorite was the area where they keep the feline HIV cats. An older guy named Handle? I think stole my heart! On my way out I noticed there was a senior area. I wish I had seen it earlier as I definately would've spent more time in there. It is free admission but they run on donations so please give what you can. I proudly wore my new T-shirt home that I bought from there. If you are a kitty lover this place is heaven on earth!!
Written March 4, 2020
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LenandEv
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
If your dream is to be surrounded top, bottom, and sides with adorable cats, this place is worth the airfare to Hawaii! You won't see all 650+ cats because the more feral ones stay in the background, but the more social ones are all over you like a fur suit.

All of the cats are obviously well cared for and living the good life, lying around in mango trees and hanging in the "catfurteria." You will not feel bad for the cats -- you will wish you were one of them!

We used Lost in Lanai to arrange our "furry" ride to the island and van rides on the island of Lanai. You could do it yourself, but you'll add complication and won't save any money. We spent a couple of hours at the sanctuary and a couple of hours, including lunch, in Lanai City (which is tiny but has an interesting history as a Dole company town).

I was sad to return to "Meowi" after our day with the cats.
Written September 19, 2021
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Mdrei96
Tacoma, WA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Wonderful place to get your kitty fix when you're traveling without your pet. This was built and funded to both to reduce feral cat population and protect ground dwelling birds. I believe they had over 600 cats, and all looked healthy and well fed. Many were extremely friendly.
Written February 11, 2020
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Bill H
Traverse City, MI943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
4 acres of the good life for previously feral or deserted cats. No entrance fee but support donations surely welcome. When you enter each person gets a small baggie of treats. Some of the cats know the program and cluster around the gate when guest arrive. Many structures for the cats to lounge in and scrubs for the shy ones to hide in. LCS not only provides a refuge for cats but keeps them from preying on birds.
In town there is a nice art gallery owned by Kathy (Kat), the founder of the LCS. Sweet lady. Her husband Mike is an accomplished artist and many of his works are there for sale.
Hint: if you wish to visit the LCS book your ferry and ground transportation with Brad on the Lost On Lanai site.
Written March 24, 2023
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Bill H
Traverse City, MI943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Interacting with the cats and learning about the ecological need for sanctuaries like this. Open everyday from 10 am to 3 pm. Take either the ferry from Lahaina or fly from the airport in Kahului. To maximize my time there I took the ferry and then a shuttle bus to the sanctuary. Each visitor is given a baggie of treats to hand out. I went to Costco and got four 1 quart containers of yummies. Some guest spend an hour or so and then visit Lanai City. I choose to spend the entire time at the CS. Unfortunately it rained 1/2 of the visit. There are several hard roof lean-to's to find shelter. The creation of the CS has saved countless island birds from being victims of the feral cats. Once they are trapped they are clipped and examined by a vet before joining the rest of the colony.
When you disembark from the ferry there will be several vans to shuttle you around. Each ride is $10 cash.
Written March 18, 2021
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Dinoalita
Camino, CA364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
I didn't think I would go all the way to Hawaii and end up visiting a cat sanctuary, but.... we did and loved it. My daughter is obsessed with cats, saw an advertisement in the airport when we landed in Maui, and it was the only thing she had to do while there. It turned out to be a fun adventure, but it did take some planning. Keep in mind they close at 3 pm, so make sure to take a mid-morning ferry at the latest. Also, have a shuttle service reserved when you get there. We used Rabaca's, and she was fun and very informative. Take snacks and water as there's nothing there. We found the trip on the ferry and drive there all part of the adventure, evening seeing whales from the ferry. The cats are so sweet and love treats. The place is very well cared for and clean. We loved spending time with the kitty's that were rehabilitating. The island is very uninhabited and relaxing. We were glad our crazy cat kid talked us into going.
Written March 8, 2023
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apohan
fort lee, nj8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
If you like cats, this is a must-visit. It's wonderful that feral cats have been given such a nice a home, so that they cannot kill the local birds. There are large community spaces with kitty condos and cushions. Humans can sit on Adirondack chairs and feed the cats their kibble (provided by the sanctuary).

There are so many cats, some of them friendly, a few of them clearly traumatized by earlier experiences, it's a delight. The place is very clean too, and there are brushes provided should you want to give a cat a brushing. Some of them love it, and will come right up to you when you pick up a brush. The areas also have nice plantings and trees.
Written October 18, 2021
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