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Sunday, October 28, 2012

ISLAND OF LANAI - AIRPORT TO THE LODGE AT KOELE

ISLAND OF LANAI
AIRPORT TO THE LODGE AT KOELE

ISLAND OF LANAI
POPULATION 3400
OWNER:  LARRY ELLISON

The Island of Lanai is an unspoiled gem in the Hawaiian Islands.  The Island has served as a cattle ranch and under the leadership of James Dole was once the worlds foremost grower and exporter of pineapples.  Known as the Pineapple Island in its day, Lanai was an agricultural based economy until low cost competitors forced the pineapple production to move overseas.  Now the Island is owned by Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison.  The major employer on the Island is The Four Seasons which operates the Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay hotels.  When you fly into Lanai and stay at the Four Seasons properties, you can relax from the time you land and not worry about transportation.  There is a Four Seasons desk at the baggage claim area in Lanai.  When your bags come out they will tag the bags for your hotel and put you on a shuttle bus.  Travel time to each of the hotels is around 20 minutes.  The twenty seat vans are comfortable, air conditioned and driven by local Lanai residents who are friendly and helpful.  The vans leave the hotels every half hour.  You can go back and forth all day long.  Vans to the airport run every hour.  As you drive down the Pine Tree lined streets you are taken back to the old Hawaii.  There are no traffic lights and the only traffic you will find is the dozen or so hotel vans that go between the hotels, downtown and the airport.  As you enter Lanai City you will see very simple and small homes built of wood with metal roofs.  Most are the same size, shape and style.  There is one gas station, a small grocery store and a hardware store.  Not much else here but the Hotel Lanai and a few small art galleries and a couple of restaurants.  Simply beautiful little city that I hope will never change.

MAP OF LANAI - THE AIRPORT, KOELE AND LANAI CITY ARE IN MIDDLE OF ISLAND
BEAUTIFUL COOK PINE TREES LINE THE STREETS OF LANAI
HOTEL LANAI IS SURROUNDED BY COOK PINES
LANAI HOMES ARE VERY SMALL WOOD STRUCTURES WITH METAL ROOFS
SMALL HOUSES IN LANAI CITY - THIS IS THE REAL OLD HAWAII.
THERE ARE NO TRAFFIC LIGHTS ON LANAI AND ONLY ONE GAS STATION
ROAD FROM AIRPORT TO LANAI CITY IS LINED WITH COOK PINE TREES ON BOTH SIDES OF ROAD
MILES OF OPEN AND UNSPOILED LAND
DON'T WORRY ABOUT SITTING IN TRAFFIC ON LANAI.  THE ONLY TRAFFIC IS THE 20 SEAT
VANS THAT SHUTTLE YOU FROM HOTEL AND THE TWO RESORTS.  MOST LOCALS DRIVE JEEPS AND TRUCKS.  LEAVE YOUR MERCEDES IN HONOLULU.  
ISLAND OF LANAI IS TOTAL OPPOSITE OF THE REST OF HAWAII.  IT IS PURE PARADISE
IF YOU WANT TO RELAX AND GET AWAY FROM TOURISTS, TRAFFIC AND CROWDS.
20 SEAT VANS SHUTTLE YOU FROM AIRPORT TO LANAI CITY, LODGE AT KOELE
AND MANELE BAY.  NO NEED TO RENT A CAR.

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