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spend the day on the island of lana’i: how to get there, what to do!

mc-blog_lanaiThe Dalai Lhama said “Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before”… We have discovered that perfect place to send our Maui visitors.

Our readers have told us that your guests have been asking, “What is going on over on the island of Lanai”? We now have some answers for you!

Four Seasons Resort Lanai and their new Island Adventure Center team have launched some outstanding activities catering to day visitors from Maui. And to make it easy to get there, the team at Expeditions ferry has unveiled a brand new vessel EXPEDITIONS 6. Built in Washington State at Mavrik Marine, the 70’ catamaran was designed for smooth and stable passage to and from Lahaina and Manele Harbor on Lanai. The new boat will be in service this month and will carry 149 passengers. Expeditions operates five round trips everyday across the Auau Channel which makes getting to Lanai for a day of adventure and fun very easy.

Lanai’s new activity choices include riding horseback through wooded upland trails, exploring heritage sites on a UTV tour with knowledgeable local guides and discovering untouched Hawai‘i on this pristine and private island. The newest addition in November of this year is the Lanai Archery and Shooting Range where guests can head upcountry to “take aim” at clay shooting and archery. Continue reading ‘spend the day on the island of lana’i: how to get there, what to do!’

announcing summer golf package starting june 1, 2015: manele golf course, lana‘i

MANELE_FPO_MAN_006Only a short ferry ride from Lahaina, the Manele Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay offers heavenly views of the Pacific from everywhere on the Jack Nicklaus signature design.

The Resort’s new Summer Golf Package, available as of June 1, 2015, is an ideal way to see it all and experience the best of Hawai‘i golf. Included are 18 ocean-view holes, club rental, prix fixe lunch and transportation to and from the harbor, all for $325. Perfect for a day on Lana‘i’s greens, morning tee times are available at Manele Golf Course Wednesdays through Sundays, in time for a return trip back to Maui. Continue reading ‘announcing summer golf package starting june 1, 2015: manele golf course, lana‘i’

report from the island of lana‘i, part 3 of 3: going off the beaten path

BLOG_LANAI_HORSES_05.2014With only 30 miles of paved roads on a chunk of land that’s 140 square miles in size, there are plenty of opportunities to go off the beaten path on the enticing island of Lana‘i. Sure, you can rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle and explore on your own, but it’s much more fun to go with someone who knows where all the good stuff is.

Happily, two such opportunities exist on Lana‘i: horseback riding with Lana‘i Grand Adventures, and hoofing it on your own steam with Hike Lana‘i.

Giddyup with Lana‘i Grand Adventures

Just a short distance from the Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i Lodge at Ko‘ele are the Stables at Ko‘ele, where I’m scheduled for a horseback ride with Lana‘i Grand Adventures. Stable manager Molly and guide Tyrel greet me and take me to meet my trusty steed Hickory who, on first glance, seems to be a good-natured sort. We actually make a rather fetching pair, with his light-colored coat, mane, and tail being a good match for my own blonde hair. Continue reading ‘report from the island of lana‘i, part 3 of 3: going off the beaten path’

report from the island of lana`i part 2 of 3: nobu at the four seasons resort manele bay

nobuYou know you’ve made it when the world knows you by just your first name. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is a distinguished member of the elite “one-name-only club,” having made his mark on the global restaurant scene with his unique fusion cuisine that blends traditional Japanese dishes with South American ingredients.

Shortly after billionaire Larry Ellison purchased 98 percent of the island of Lana‘i in 2012, he successfully persuaded Nobu to open a restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i at Manele Bay. Nobu Lana‘i opened in December of that same year, purportedly to coincide with Ellison’s Christmas visit. Continue reading ‘report from the island of lana`i part 2 of 3: nobu at the four seasons resort manele bay’

rediscover lana‘i: ‘ch-ch-ch-ch ch­anges’

Koele_HorsebackWhen gazillionaire Larry Ellison purchased 98 percent of the island of Lana‘i in 2012, its residents held their collective breath. Would he be anything like the previous owner, David Murdock, who reportedly strolled the streets of Lana‘i City dressed in all white, accompanied by his entourage, and who referred to Lana‘ians as his “children?” What about the wind farm envisioned by Murdock—intended to generate electricity for O‘ahu— which polarized the community, and provoked so much animosity toward him personally that he stopped showing his face at the annual Pineapple Celebration?

Thankfully, so far anyway, it seems Mr. Ellison may have the best interests of Lana‘ians at heart. In fact, some of the first things he did as new owner were to reopen and improve the community swimming pool that Murdock had closed to save money, refurbish buildings and refresh landscaping in Lana‘i City, and expand and remodel one of the island’s few grocery stores, Richard’s Market. Ellison also renamed his holding company Pulama Lana‘i (cherish Lana‘i), and appointed local boy Kurt Matsumoto as Chief Operating Officer. According to Pulama Lana‘i’s website, Ellison’s vision for the island is “to establish Lana‘i as an island powered by solar energy, where electric cars would replace gasoline-powered, and seawater would be transformed into fresh water and used to sustain a new organic farming industry that would feed the island and supply produce for export.” As Mr. Ellison’s primary representative in the community, Kurt holds regular informational meetings to share the company’s plans for the future, and obtain residents’ feedback. Continue reading ‘rediscover lana‘i: ‘ch-ch-ch-ch ch­anges’’

going holoholo to lana`i (part 3 of 3): two great adventures

Lana‘i hasn’t been nicknamed “Hawai‘i’s Most Enticing Island” for nothing—there’s a lot to do, provided you’re willing to tear yourself away from the beach, swimming pool, and golf course for awhile and go off the beaten path. My gal pal Janet and I participated in two interesting and highly entertaining adventures during our recent stay on Lana‘i. Continue reading ‘going holoholo to lana`i (part 3 of 3): two great adventures’

going holoholo to lana`i (part 2 of 3): the four seasons resort at manele bay

It’s day two of my adventure on Lana‘i with gal pal Janet. This afternoon and evening we’ll be experiencing The Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i at Manele Bay, one of two luxury properties on “Hawai‘i’s Most Enticing Island.”

Prior to check-in, we take the hotel shuttle to the Challenge at Manele Bay golf clubhouse where we’re met by Head Golf Professional Emmett Markulis, who’s the only golf pro on the island. Emmett fires up a golf cart and takes us on a spin to see the course’s highlights, including the infamous and scenic 12th hole where Bill and Melinda Gates were married in 1996. We pause for a moment to take in the stunning view of sparkling turquoise Pacific Ocean and the neighboring island of Kaho‘olawe. Emmett highly recommends guests take time to play both courses on the island (the other one is at the Lodge at Koele). “They’re very different from one another,” Emmett says. “It’s two completely different experiences.” Continue reading ‘going holoholo to lana`i (part 2 of 3): the four seasons resort at manele bay’

going holoholo to lana`i (part 1 of 3): hotel lana`i and lana`i city grille

It’s a flawless morning in Lahaina when my gal pal Janet and I board Expeditions Ferry for the 45-minute journey to the neighbor island of Lana‘i. Formerly known as the “Pineapple Isle” because it once produced 75 percent of the world’s pineapple, Lana‘i has now been dubbed “Hawai‘i’s Most Enticing Island” due to its peaceful seclusion.

The sea is calm as we cruise past several surfers paddling in waters near the harbor. As Lahaina begins to fade into the background, the ferry gently rocks from side to side, then front to back, as we make our way through the Kealaikahiki Channel. The crossing goes by quickly, and we soon see Lana‘i’s famous landmark at the gateway to Manele Harbor: Pu‘u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock). Continue reading ‘going holoholo to lana`i (part 1 of 3): hotel lana`i and lana`i city grille’