Most people visit Hawaii looking to spend long, lethargic hours on white sand beaches enjoying the sun, however cat lovers have a completely different and a cuddlier reason to visit the beautiful island.
A tiny island of Lanai with a population of over 3000, is also home to over 500 felines. Lanai Cat Sanctuary which was started by Andrew Marttila and his wife in 2009 is a paradise for cat lovers, or shall we say Purra-dise. People fly from all over the world just to hang out with them.
Though it might not be possible for all the cat lovers to travel to Hawaii to cuddle these “Hawaiian Lions,” as they are lovingly called, Mr. Marttila has been kind enough to share a few pictures, giving us a chance to admire these felines.
The sanctuary, which is a 25000-square foot property, is open to public for a few hours every day and has become a tourist destination in its own right.
Visitors can even adopt or foster if they fall in love with a cat, and the sanctuary helps to facilitate adoptions for Hawaii locals and out-of-state visitors alike. But if a cat is never adopted, it can live out its entire life in the sanctuary.
Isn’t that adorable?
Doesn’t this make you want to catch the next flight to Hawaii to cuddle these purring creatures?