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Luscious Lanai

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A March 2002 trip to Lanai by smmmarti guide

Lodge at Koele Photo, Lanai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Lanai is a beautiful surprise and refreshing departure from what you might think Hawaii to be if you only visit Maui or Oahu. The Lodge at Koele at the top of the mountain feels more like the North Woods than a tropical island, and the gardens would put any Englishman into a swoon. Lanai is a unique playground for the royal sports, hunting, fishing, clay shooting, golf, croquet, tennis,horseback riding, but offers favored pleasures of the everyday man, such as swimming, surfing, beachcombing, kayaking and hiking, as well.

Luscious Lanai

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Overview

Known for its beautiful secluded beaches Photo, Lanai, Hawaii
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The small island of Lanai is a secluded and pristine step back in time. The least populated of the major Hawaiian islands with only about 3,000 full-time residents, Lanai has long been known as the "pineapple island" since most of her land has been used to grow pineapples for the Dole company. Today, the island is best known for 4-wheel trekking, two luxurious, award-winning resorts, exciting mountain hiking, pristine gardens and beaches, horseback riding in the high country, and unexpectedly, hunting and sporting clays. Lanai offers a surprisingly different experience from her neighbor islands. Situated at 1,600 feet...Read More

Lodge at Koele

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Hotel

Lodge at Koele Photo, Lanai, Hawaii
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The rains were coming in torrents by the time we climbed the hill to reach the Lodge at Koele in spite of a quiet, calm sea on the passage from Maui. A porter met us at the door with an umbrella and guided us inside to the hushed and tranquil aura of another world, another time. Magnificent stone fireplaces flanked the giant entrance hall, diners glanced up from their conversations in the adjacent room. I must have said something unwittingly. Such as, "Wow!" Who knew that rugs could be woven this large. Everything appeared to be collectible and antique, yet warm and in keeping with the location on top of a mountain in Hawaii. The gorgeous wooden floors hewn from native woods gle...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

Lodge at Koele

Lanai, Hawaii
1(800) 321-4666

Dining Room at Lodge at Koele

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Restaurant

Dining Room at Lodge at Koele Photo, Lanai, Hawaii
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In a hushed and soothing setting, amidst the delicate clatter of silver on china, the relaxed murmuring of other diners, the background piano music tripping off the singing of distant birds, breezes rush in through the pine trees bringing a scent of the forest to high-altitude tropical setting. Visitors to the Lodge Dining Room are sure to be awarded a memorable dining experience beyond the majestic setting. They will also be titillated with delicously prepared food that tastes even more delightful as a result of all the other dining room amentities tossed into the experience, such as the unexpected crackle of a great, castle sized roaring fire in a classically decorated great room. What saves ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2002

Dining Room at Lodge at Koele
Po Box 630310
Lanai, Hawaii
(800) 321-4666

Blue Ginger Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Blue Ginger Cafe"

Blue Ginger Cafe Photo, Lanai, Hawaii
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We were starving by the time we arrived in Lanai after the ferry trip across the channel and the subsequent drive up the mountain. (Oh, yeah, they don’t sell food on the ferry.) Being so hungry just made the surprisingly good food at the Blue Ginger taste even better. Once in the Jeep, I had headed directly over to the Lanai Hotel where I’d eaten before and been pleased but soon discovered it was only opened for dinner. Between the only other two choices offered in the town and therefore on the entire island, we decided the Blue Ginger with it’s blue painted clapboard and cute little gingerbread sign was a better choice of the two. We still weren’t expecting much. I mean, competition here ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2002

Blue Ginger Cafe
409 Seventh Ave
Lanai City, Hawaii 96763
+1 808 565 6363

Stopping to take this photo Photo, Lanai, Hawaii
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Lanai is a Hunter’s Paradise as Well Boarding the ferry we noticed many locals were toting arms. At first it seemed a bit disconcerting, until we learned that hunting season was scheduled to open in Lanai the day after our visit. I’m not certain how reassuring the news was, but at least it explained a thing or two. When the lady at the rental car agency warned the people in line before us not to venture off the paths the following day, I was glad this time we were just day-trippers. On our travels down the long, winding and wide-open trail toward Shipwreck Beach, we passed a group of fellows in the back of a pickup parked by the side of the road gazing into the open meadow...Read More
The ferry ride is comfortable Photo, Lanai, Hawaii
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Details, Details Our visit to Lanai started in Maui at the Lahaina Ferry docks where we boarded the Expedition for the 45-60 minute trip across the channel. (There are ferries departing Maui at 6:30, 9:15 and 12 and returning to Maui from Lanai at 2 pm, 4:30 pm and 6:45 pm. The fare is $25 adults each way and $20 for kids.) The boarding point is directly across from the Pioneer Hotel and just adjacent to the Carthaginian ship and white lighthouse. We had made prior reservations, which is highly recommended, and the ferry operators also took care of our rental car reservations on Lanai. Other options for making the excursion include going through a tour operator (Trilogy takes the...Read More