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Lanai, a quiet Hawaiian island

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A February 1999 trip to Lanai by Maui Jon

Lodge at Koele Photo, Lanai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Lanai is a beautiful Hawaiian island that is more peaceful and quiet, and a lot less crowded with tourists, than the four Hawaiian island you have heard more about (Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai).

Lanai, a quiet Hawaiian island

Overview

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Lanai used to be the 'Pineapple Island.' But since they quit growing pineapples for export there a few years ago, it has been transformed into a beautiful place to spend some quiet time in Hawaii, away from the more popular islands crowded with tourists. Lanai has two luxury hotels with fabulous restaurants, and lots of stunning scenery to explore on unpaved 'roads'. There's even a great golf course.Quick Tips: If you're going to Maui too, there's LOTS of very helpful information at this website: www.mauihawaii.orgBest Way To Get Around: You've got to rent a 4-wheel-drive jeep or similar vehicle to get around on Lanai. Most of the so-called roads are unpaved, and you don't...Read More
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The Manele Bay hotel is a luxury resort on the beach, so in a warmer section of Lanai than the other big hotel on the island (the Lodge at Koele). The Manele Bay has 250 beautiful rooms, most with great views. Both of these Lanai hotels are run by the same company, and give great service. A hotel representative will meet you at the airport and take your luggage right from the airport baggage claim area to your room at the hotel.

If you're going to Maui too, there's LOTS of very helpful information at this website:
www.mauihawaii.org

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2000

Manele Bay Hotel

Lanai, Hawaii
1(800) 321-4666

Lodge at Koele Photo, Lanai, Hawaii
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The Lodge at Koele is one of the two new luxury resorts on the island of Lanai. It is in the center of the island, so not near a beach. The Lodge is a gorgeous, old-plantation-style building, with 105 beautifully appointed rooms overlooking the surrounding pine forest scenery. Temperatures here in the high part of the island are cooler than on the coast. The Lodge provides free afternoon tea (with yummy cakes and cookies). And after dinner, they have free live Hawaiian entertainment in the lobby: piano, guitar, singers, hula dancer.

If you're going to Maui too, there's LOTS of very helpful information at this website:
www.mauihawaii.org

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2000

Lodge at Koele

Lanai, Hawaii
1(800) 321-4666

Lodge at Koele Clubhouse Bar & Grill

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Restaurant | "The Formal Dining Room"

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Some magazines have rated the Formal Dining Room at the Lodge at Koele as the best restaurant in the state of Hawaii. Gourmet Magazine and Conde Nast Traveler say it is one of the best restaurants in the United States. Our dinner there lived up to that reputation. The service in this restaurant exceeded all expectations. I always ask whether sauces contain cream or milk, because I have lactose intolerance. Most waiters answer the question about one dish, but don’t think about what other dishes or other courses I would also need to be careful of. But this waiter not only remembered my lactose intolerance in discussing the other courses I ordered, but he also substituted (without even needing to a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2000

Lodge at Koele Clubhouse Bar & Grill
One Keomoku Road
Lana'i, Hawaii 96763
(808) 565-4600

Ihilani Restaurant

Restaurant | "Ihilani Room"

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The Ihilani Room is the best restaurant in the Manele Bay Hotel. Here the menu shows only complete 4- or 5-course dinners for $60 to $80 per person. But that seemed like way too much food, so they told my wife and me that we could select any individual courses we preferred, and we settled on two courses each, plus a shared dessert. (The price ended up the same as for their four course dinner, and the manager’s explanation was that the individual courses are larger servings than each course of the larger dinners. I didn’t think much of that explanation, so she took a few dollars off the total.) My wife had sweet potato soup with clams and corn, followed by mahi-mahi fish with onions & tomatoes...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 29, 2000

Ihilani Restaurant
One Manele Bay Road At Four Seasons Lana'i
Lana'i City, Hawaii 96763
(808) 565-2000

Exploring Off-Road Scenery

Attraction | "Exploring off-road scenery on Lanai"

Exploring Off-Road Scenery Photo, Lanai, Hawaii
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We came to explore Lanai, so we had a car reserved. There is only one car rental company on Lanai, and they only have mid-size cars and Jeeps. I hadn’t thought I would want a Jeep ($145 per day) when I made the car reservation, so I had asked for the car ($79 per day). But when I got to the car rental counter, I learned that only 36 miles of roads are paved on Lanai, and if I really wanted to see the island I would need a 4-wheel drive Jeep that could go anywhere. Luckily, they were out of mid-size cars, so they had to give me the Jeep Wrangler at the car price. Both my wife and I thought it was really fun to drive the Jeep! The non-roads are extremely bumpy and rocky, but we were able to drive ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2000

Exploring Off-Road Scenery
Island of Lanai
Lanai, Hawaii