|Manele Bay-Susan Summerbell Chval|
Lana’i is a two-resort
Three thousand lucky souls live on Lana’i year round in the trim
village of Lana’i
City located in the cooler, higher elevations in the center of
the Island. An afternoon shore excursion
included a stop at the Lana’i Culture and
which houses artifacts of native Hawaiians dating back to 350 AD through the
days the island was owned by Dole and cloaked in fields of pineapple. Heritage Center
The Koele Lodge nestled in the forest above Lana’i City is modeled after a country English estate. Cruising through the property’s golf course with its spilling cascades and elaborate gardens makes it easy for one to forget about anything else going on in the world. With only 30 miles of paved road, there is little to do on Lana’i except play golf, hike, swim, fish, dive, horseback ride, or read a good book. Since the days of old, Lana’i has been a satellite of
Maui and served as a
playground for royals. Billionaire Larry Ellison who recently purchased 97
percent of the island appears to be carrying on that tradition.
Our last stop on Lana’i called for a stroll up 80-foot Pu’u Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock, where legend says a heartbroken warrior leaped to his death over the loss of maiden so beautiful she brought mist to the eyes of anyone who gazed upon her. He had left her in a sea cave that was washed clean in a storm sweeping the lovely wahine to her death. He built a rock monument to her and then joined her in the watery depths. Today, sweethearts come here to make their vows to a love that lasts forever.