Lanai City Tip
Hotel Lanai (800) 565-7211 www.hotellanai.com
Rates $95-105 double…$140 Cottage….$200 2 bed room house. Hotel Lanai was originally built to house visitors and businessmen when they visited the plantation. It is 2 story wooden building with a lot of charm.
Mid-range prices between luxurious and budget accommodations.
Lanai's Original Guesthouse
The first "hotel" on the island, although in reality, this is nothing more than a polished up plantation house. What it lacks in size, though, it more than makes up for in charm. In fact, it sells itself on the fact that none of its rooms have t.v., not yet at least, which is stone age quaint compared to its two corporate powerhouse competitors, the islands sister resorts of Four Seasons.
For a truly authentic plantation island experience, this guesthouse is a step back into the past, and just a block away from Dole Park. 10 rooms, 1 cottage
THE PINEAPPLE ISLAND
"Fit for a King"
King Kamehameha arrived on Lanai in 1778 and chose Lanai as his summer home. A perfect place to celebrate the King of my hearts 70th birthday? We decided to splurge and stay at the Lodge at Koele on the tranquil island of Lanai. The resort is situated at 1,600 feet in the highlands nestled in a setting of Norfolk and Cook Pine trees, with exotic flora, ponds, and fountains.
There are two Four Seasons Resorts on the Island; the Lodge at Koele (132 rooms) and the Manele Bay Resort (300+ rooms) located on Manele Bay. A complimentary shuttle runs back and forth between the two hotels and stops in lanai City at the Lanai City Hotel.
Lanai city is a short twenty-minute walk from the Lodge and we arrive just in time to see the Lanai High School homecoming parade complete with local floats and marching bands. Downtown Lanai consists of about two blocks of small shops and businesses surrounding Dole Park; our favorite is the funky Dis and Dat Store. Painted in bright jewel like colors of blues yellows and greens Plantation houses remain much the same as they were built in 1922 when the Dole Company purchased the island and started the largest pineapple plantation in the world.
Getting There: Mokueles airlines under the name of GoExpress, Island Air and Pacific Wings all have daily flights to Lanai. There is a daily ferry service from Maui to Lanai. Expeditions Inc. runs passenger ferries between Lahaina, Maui, and Manele Harbor, five times a day. This is a 50-minute ride (each way) and costs between $40 (children) and $60 (adults) roundtrip.
"IF YOU GO"
There are a variety of accommodations available. Besides the two Four Seasons resorts, there are the Lanai City Hotel, several Bed and Breakfasts, and individual houses for rent. Camping sites are available at Manele Bay/Hulopo’e Beach Park. Camping permits are $20 plus a $5.00 per person per night fee. Visitors can camp for a maximum of three nights and Hawaii residents can camp for a maximum of five. For camping permits, call Castle & Cooke Resorts Facilities Department in advance, at 808-565-3982. There is a complimentary shuttle that runs every 30 minutes between the two resorts at Koele and Manele Bay. The shuttle also stops at the Lanai City Hotel and Dollar Rental Car the only national rental car company on Lanai. Taxi service is available.
My daughter Shelby at the hotel's lanai.