We flew to Lanai on a...
Favorite thing: We flew to Lanai on a commercial plane. Since the airport is small, most planes are small prop planes, although the smaller jets are capable of landing. The airport is nothing more than a concrete floored open air building.
Our hosts picked us up at the airport, but told us that there were few car rentals available, and they ran about $100 a day. The resorts provide free shuttles to people staying at their hotels.
We toured the Koele Lodge first, then the Manele Bay Hotel. If you get the chance, take a tour of these facilities from a hotel person. They give you a good insight on how and why the hotels were designed a certain way, and they tell you about some of the amenities, such as the suite for $2400 a night that comes with its own butler.
Fondest memory: It was interesting to see a city where a type of feudalism still exists. The company that owns the hotels also owns 94% of the island. The workers are former pineapple field workers who were retrained to work in the hotels when pineapple cultivation was phased out in favor of tourism. There is a sense of 'reverence' for the management of the company, although I think it is mostly a cautiousness borne of the fear of losing your job in a one employer town. I don't know if this is a 'fond' memory or not, but it is interesting, especially if you take time to talk with some of the locals as well as the management.
Fondest memory: Plantation village with one story wooden buildings.
A general store,post office, church,schools, laundromate,pizza parlor,etc.Even the police station has a wooden outhouse type of jail with a padlock.
The people living in Lanai City are some of the nicest and friendliest people in Hawaii.
People seem to leave their cars unlocked with the keys in the ignition.One of the most kick-back and laid back places in Hawaii.
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