Courtesy of Lanai Cat Sanctuary
Andrea Romano
May 17, 2018

The purr-fect Hawaiian vacation doesn't involve the beach.

While white sands and fruity drinks are fun, there are lots of other things to do while visiting the Hawaiian islands that can do a lot of good, like visiting the island of Lanai’s cat sanctuary.

The Lanai Cat Sanctuary, only a “tail’s wag” from the Lanai Airport, hosts nearly 600 former street cats on a gorgeous property that attracts more than 10,000 visitors a year. The open-air space — where the cats can run, play, nap and generally do whatever they like all day — is a feline paradise.

Courtesy of Lanai Cat Sanctuary

The sanctuary is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, and the kitties definitely appreciate the visitors' attention. Many of the cats are adult or senior, and all of them are available for adoption. If a cat isn’t adopted, it can live out its days at the sanctuary.

The organization started as a project to sterilize Lanai’s street cats to control overpopulation. In 2009, the group moved the cats to its current site and established itself as a nonprofit. The sanctuary also protects endangered birds, but don’t worry, the cats don’t chase them around.

Courtesy of Lanai Cat Sanctuary

The sanctuary is pretty easy to get to, although it does involve some navigating without street signs.

Courtesy of Lanai Cat Sanctuary

There is no admission fee to go to the sanctuary, but they do accept donations. And of course, if you fall in love with a cat, you can choose to adopt or foster it, even if you live out of state.

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