The Four Seasons Lodge at Ko’ele is located amongst the Cook pines over looking Lana’i City , the 102-room lodge has the stately presence of an English manor,the wide veranda beckons you to come and sit awhile and just breath in the fresh air, the breathtaking manicured gardens, ponds, oriental gazebo and an orchid lover’s greenhouse- several amazing wedding venues.
What you won’t find on the island of Lana’i are traffic lights and major touristy crowds-you will however find solitude and amazing natural beauty.
Once known as the Pineapple Island because James Dole purchased the entire island in 1922 and Dole Plantation Pineapple was canned and shipped to mainland U.S. and at its peak Lana’i produced 75% of the world’s pineapple. Dole brought in workers to harvest the pineapple,resulting in a plantation camp in the flat lands that is now known as Lana’i City.
Even though pineapple is no longer harvested on Lana’i, Pineapple Isle is still very fitting nickname for this island, because the Pineapple – the universal symbol of hospitality is on display throughout the amazing resorts on Lana’i.
The Four Seasons at Manele Bay overlooks Hulopo’e Bay a marine sanctuary. Guest rooms with amazing views,five ethnic gardens that flow throughout the resort, and a wide crescent shaped beach to satisfy any beach lover- This resort has several amazing wedding venues
In town Hotel Lana’i , which has been welcoming guest since 1923, has been remodeled , touches such as Hawaiian Quilts, comfortable furniture and Lana’i City Grille with a wonderful menu, and live music on Friday nights. Located on a knoll overlooking Lana’i City,a moderately priced resort to call home for your stay on Lana’i. Take time to explore local artist Mike Carroll’s art gallery, funky little shops like DIS N DAT SHOP and the museum explaining the Pineapple era on Lana’i.
For such a small island Lana’i has so many activities to offer visitors:
Championship golf at The Challenge at Manele (a Jack Nicklaus signature course) and The Experience at Ko’ele (designed by Greg Norman) both are ranked consistently among the best courses in the world. Distinctly different but both have amazing beauty and take advantage of their natural surroundings to the fullest.
Enjoy the challenge of hiking or mountain biking the 7 mile, one lane dirt road, rustic Munro Trail (named for George Munro a naturalist from New Zealand that arrived to the island in 1890)- your payoff arriving to the top of Mount Lana’ihale, the highest peak on Lana’i at 3,368 feet.
Pu’u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock) is about 150 feet offshore between Manele Bay and Hulopo’e Bay, a natural wonder, a wonderful place to hike and enjoy with a loved one.
The Garden of the Gods is a geological masterpiece , formed by centuries of wind erosion, one might think they landed on the moon, the color shadings of red,purple,sienna are truly extraordinary, located about a mile and a half northwest of Kanepu’u Preserve, I suggest to reserve a Jeep Wrangler early to best enjoy this breath taking natural wonder.
Hulopo’e Bay – for most of the year( except winter months) the best place on island to snorkel, protected bay with many tide pools carved out of volcano rock by crashing waves – beach park has picnic tables, grills, restrooms and showers, so great beach day for guest stay at Hotel Lana’i.
Hawaii Western Adventurs offers unique opportunities such as the 15-acre Lana’i Pines Sporting Clays (trap,skeet,compact sporting or porting clays that mimic pheasants and rabbits) – The 14 -station solar powered sporting clay course is amazing, you drive between the stations on a golf cart , the scenery is amazing and the course is said to be one of the most challenging in the world, but at the same time the safest and best designed in the Pacific. Amazing views of Maui and Moloka’i across the channel.In addition to Sporting Clays, they also offer horseback riding, ATV Tours, archery and air rifle, hunting, custom and group events.
So when you are trying to decide where to go for your honeymoon , special anniversary or to escape the rat race of everyday life take a serious look at Lana’i a wonderful island to unplug from everything, but so much to see and do , one thing you could never be on Lana’i is bored.