•   OMG!!!! What a wonderful place. Worth the day trip to Lanai. They do such a wonderful job taking care of these cats. My daughter cried when we left because she wanted to stay forever.

    thumb Karolyne S.
  •   If you are a cat lover, this is a MUST-DO day trip if you are staying in maui. I found there wasn't much else to do in lanai so I would pay for the cat sanctuary package which handles all needed transport (…).

    Once you arrive at the sanctuary you receive a bag of treats and you can meander freely through the section of the cat sanctuary. There are 2 areas for adult cats, 1 for kittens, and 1 for senior cats. The cats are very social and I had a great time. I was impressed by the facility and the cats seem to be thriving.

    thumb Divya K.
  •   Beautiful place to visit! If you love cats you will be very happy! Make sure and spend time with the Senior cats and other areas!
    Beautiful grounds and caring staff!

    thumb Terry M.
  •   This cat sanctuary is a MUST SEE if you visit the island of Lanai.  We just spent 2 hours with over 600 cats spread out in different enclosures.  Many cats are socialized and friendly.  We enjoyed hearing about the origins of this place and it's mission to not only help save the bird population but also provide a humane and safe home for the cats that get collected across the island.  I highly recommend a visit here, donations if you're inclined, and you can follow them on

    thumb susan s.
  •   There's different areas to discover and explore so make sure to get through all of them. Try to give the seniors more love (not many people go through there!).  They give you a bag of treats to hand out to the cats, and will also give you more treats if you ask. Be careful of the cats trying to get out (Ferrari, here's looking at you and how I allowed you to escape twice so you can try to steal food from the seniors).

    Cats will come up and immediately befriend you. There are more shy cats hiding in trees, grass, back areas etc.

    Some of these cats have claws and are not afraid to claw! Not aggressively but just wanting attention or food. I bled and learned my lesson

    Bring cash if you want to donate to the sanctuary.

    Things to keep in mind if you are doing a day trip:
    -The Ferry from Maui to Lana'i takes 45 mins. HOWEVER, keep in mind the boats don't leave on time (people are late, loading etc). So factor that buffer travel time
    -When pre-booking shuttle service (Rebaca's), the shuttle also takes time to load and the shuttle will make different stops on the way there (if you are only doing a day trip this will make a difference since ferries are pre-booked)
    -You really only need like 1.5-2 hours or so

    thumb Susan L.


Island Scene: Lanai’s Feline Paradise


American Lifestyle: Kingdom of the Cats
Star Advertiser: Lanai Cat Sanctuary hopes to reopen soon since closing in March
Costco Connections (Page 16): Cat Sanctuary – Purradise Found
KITV: Lanai Cat Sanctuary fights COVID-19 isolation with yoga with 650 cats
Biz Journals: Virtual cat yoga classes generate donations for Lanai Cat Sanctuary during closure
NEW The Animal Rescue Site The Lanai Cat Sanctuary Saves Cats, Protects Birds, And Offers A Magical Experience To Visitors
TravelAge West: An Inside Look at Lanai Cat Sanctuary
The Conscious Cat: The Lanai Cat Sanctuary: Combining Nature and Nurture


Oprah Magazine: Vacation Nation – Kitties Corner
L.A. Times: Missing your cat while you’re in Hawaii? Lanai’s sanctuary lets you cuddle up
People Magazine & on Yahoo: Inside the Hawaiian Cat Sanctuary Where 622 Strays Are Living In Feline Paradise
Mental Floss article & on MSN: This Hawaii Cat Sanctuary Is Home to More Than 600 Kitties Hawaiian Cat Sanctuary Houses Over 600 Strays (And It’s Free To Visit) Animal Sanctuary in Hawaii is Home to Over 600 Cats


The Culture Trip: Inside Lanai Cat Sanctuary: Hawaii’s Feline Rescue Program
CBS Sunday Morning: Purr-adise: Hawaii’s cat sanctuary
CNN: These 600 Hawaiian cats have a better life than you
Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Heroes Next Door
Petco: Welcome to Cat Island
Cosmopolitan: There’s a Sanctuary Where You Can 


Lad Bible: Welcome to Cat Heaven!
Country Living: Cat Lovers Need to Visit!
Atlas Obscura: The island of Lanai in Hawaii is a paradise for cats and cat lovers

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