The Hawaiian island of Lanai is known for unspoiled beaches and a recently renovated Four Seasons hotel. Another reason to visit: cats.
The nonprofit Lanai Cat Sanctuary, near the tiny airport, is a plein-air, no-kill shelter that houses more than 500 stray or unwanted animals from all over the island. It’s also open to the public, which means anyone can drop by to spend a few hours giving (or getting) love, wiggling string toys or distributing snacks.
Executive director Keoni Vaughn likens the facility to a resort, noting that feline residents get unlimited food, water, shelter and medical care. Visitors who establish cat bonds can adopt them. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. They also welcome cat food.