Hawaii Hospitality - May/June 2014 - (Page 10)

LANAI Small Island, Big Aloha Sunset on Lanai PHOTO BY HTA/RON DAHLQUIST The lure of an island escape may speak to visitors, but it's the people of Lanai that help reboot the spirit A & World Report and Condé Nast Traveler ncient tales of Hawaii tell of an have voted Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, island once inhabited only by manager of both The Lodge at Koele spirits. Lanai, the remnant of a shield and the beachside Lanai at Manele Bay, volcano that slipped into the sea more No. 1. Lonely Planet placed Lanai on its than a million years ago, came to life Top U.S. Destinations list for 2014. over the centuries. By the time Capt. James Cook arrived in 1777 off the windward coast, he estimated more than 10,000 Hawaiians were living here. The leeward coastal fishing village of Kaunolu, with its cliffs rising nearly 1,000 feet above the ocean, once hosted the great King Kamehameha on sporting and fishing trips. - ALICE BOUMAN, The Lodge at Koele Measuring only 13 miles by 18 miles, today Lanai is home Pulama Lanai is the umbrella to nearly 3,000 residents. More than organization created in 2013 following 74,000 visitors arrived on its shores last Oracle magnate Larry Ellison's purchase year. A passenger ferry shuttles visitors of 98 percent of the island. With a stated five times a day, seven days a week vision of sustainability, Pulama Lanai will between Lahaina, Maui and Lanai's build a second runway at the airport to Manele Harbor. accommodate more visitor traffic. Adding to the island's worldwide allure for the luxury traveler, U.S. News "It's an easy place to love." 10 Hawaii Hospitality May/June 2014 ■ BY PRISCILLA PÉREZ BILLIG "Lanai is an island that is off the grid and takes you back to a time that is reminiscent of old Hawaii," says Charles Fisher, resort manager at Manele. "At the same time we are on the brink of a new journey exemplifying sustainability and community togetherness. Having the opportunity to visit this island gives our guests a glimpse into something very special." Alice Bouman, resort manager of the upcountry Lodge at Koele, says Lanai "is an easy place to love. The island has a unique quality. It is unspoiled. There is a certain sweetness and tranquility that you feel when you are on Lanai." Four Seasons' Food & Beverage Director Ekrem Tercanoglu, originally from Istanbul, calls Lanai a hidden paradise. The dining scene is full of different tastes and diverse cuisines," he says. "Lanai's beautiful landscape,

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hawaii Hospitality - May/June 2014

News Briefs
Are You Inspection Ready?
Lanai: Small Island, Big Aloha
Great Restaurants: W Bistro
Talk Story with George Szigeti
Small-scale Sustainability
Out of Sight, Not out of Mind
Food & Beverage SuperStars
Taking the Lead: Sales & Marketing
Jaclyn Loo of Google Inc.
Clean Talk
Association News

Hawaii Hospitality - May/June 2014