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Lanai: Place of Infinite Rewards
This article by the Lanai Visitors Association is an introduction to peaceful and laid back Lanai.
The experience of Lanai begins before you land. From air or sea, you can see the sheer cliffs of western Lanai loom high above Kaumalapau Harbor like purple-green ramparts rising from the sea. Across the channels, the islands of Kaho‘olawe, Moloka‘i and Maui, with Haleakala visible above a lei of clouds, extend the welcome to Hawai'i’S most enticing island.
You will land on an airstrip in the middle of the Palawai Basin, a large crater in the heart of Lanai . There are no jetways or tunnels at Lanai Airport, just a vast openness of warm, sweet air and a peace that immediately descends. By the time you step off the ramp and your first footsteps fall on Lanai, you will feel stress and urgency slipping away with the life you’ve left willingly behind.
Here, at last, is a place quiet enough to read that novel you’ve wanted to read for years. Here, at last, is a well-earned reward for your hard work in the front lines of achievement and competition: a place of pampering and excellence, where the service reflects your uniqueness and the physical surroundings are a doorway to new realms of beauty.
The shuttle to the Lodge at Ko'ele, 1,700 feet high in the central highlands of the island, winds through Lanai City, a small town square surrounded by colorful plantation homes. The prim yards are ablaze with flowers. Lovingly tended fruit trees droop with the weight of mangoes, papayas and lemons. The street signs are friendly too, built at eye level, and the Cook pines are old and tall, lending shade and coolness to the air.
There are no traffic lights or beeping horns, just the quiet, intimate rhythms of unhurried exploration. Drivers wave to nearly every vehicle that passes. Past Lanai City, horses graze in golden pastures behind split rail fences. At the Lodge at Ko'ele, the Cook pines look like majestic sentinels watching over manicured English gardens. In the cool mountain air, with views in every direction, luxurious accommodations and world-renowned service, you have arrived in a special paradise.
Guests at the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay travel through the Palawai Basin, a crater once covered with pineapple plants and today a vast open field flanked on one side by Lanaihale, the highest point on the island, and on the other by the sea cliffs of south Lanai . The drive through the arid landscape ends at sea level, where the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay emerges like an oasis. The most beautiful beach on the island, Hulopo'e, greets you with warm air and a wide white sand beach between two lava outcroppings. Look seaward for spinner dolphins, which love Hulopo'e as much as you will. Relax at the beach or pool with your long-awaited novel, hearing this silent refrain: At last, Lanai .
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Article Courtesy of the Lanai Visitors Association
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