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Lanai and Molokai 101April 1, 2008 By: Mark Rogers Home-Based Travel Agent
Here is what your clients need to know when venturing to these secluded Hawaiian islands
Getting to Lanai
Air: Lanai Airport is three miles west of Lanai City. It has facilities to accommodate up to three corporate jets.
Island Air offers scheduled daily non-stop services between Lanai City, Honolulu and Kahului. Island Air, Aloha Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Marjet, Maui Air, Mokulele Air, Paragon Air, WT Air, Royal Hawaiian Air Service, Sunshine Helicopters, InterIsland Airways and Pacific Wings offer charter services from all islands to Lanai.
Ferry: The Expeditions passenger ferry offers one-hour daily service between Lahaina Harbor, Maui and Manele Harbor, Lanai. Round trip is $60 for adults and $40 for children under 12.
Car Rental: Call the Lanai Dollar-Rent-A-Car office at 808-565-7087.
Where To Stay in Lanai
There are only three hotels on Lanai, and two of these are Four Seasons properties.
The Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay (www.fourseasons.com/manelebay) is the only beachfront hotel on the island.
The Prime Oceanfront Rooms are popular, measuring 1,018 square feet with unobstructed, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The Hulopo'e Suite features similar ocean views and a private lanai, with the addition of a dining area with a table seating six. The resort's three-bedroom oceanfront Ali`i Suite has a traditional, Asian-influenced décor. Both suites offer the option of connecting rooms, making them an ideal choice for families.
The Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele (www.fourseasons.com/koele) is set in the highlands edging Lanai City. For those clients looking for extra space, steer them towards the Great Hall Fireplace Suites. These one-bedroom suites have views of the Lodge's gardens, pool and surrounding grounds. The suites can also be configured with two bedrooms. For the best views, book one of the Koele Deluxe Rooms. These corner rooms provide expansive views of the Lodge's gardens and have private lanais—offering an intimate dining experience.
Guests at both Four Seasons resorts are able to use facilities at the other and can sign meals, activities and services directly to their room. The inter-resort shuttle carries guests to and from the airport and ferry, as well as unlimited trips to and from the Hotel Lanai to both Four Seasons properties. The shuttle costs $33 for registered hotel guests and operates daily with pick-ups every 30 minutes.
A full-service spa is available at Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, and the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele offers treatments by appointment in the guest's room or in the Lodge's Fitness Center. Gigi Galang, spa director, can be contacted at 808-565-2086, [email protected].
The travel-agent liaison for both hotels is Ruth Mills, director of leisure sales (808-275-2100, [email protected]).
Hotel Lanai (www.hotellanai.com) is in the heart of Lanai City. The 11-room hotel was built in 1923 as lodging for Dole Plantation executives and is now considered a historic landmark. Rooms have a plantation-style décor, with views of the quiet and easy-going town. Rates are $139 for a Standard Room, $159 for a Premium Room and $209 for the hotel's sole Cottage. There are two sets of Premium Rooms that have a shared front porch; these are rooms 1 & 2 and 9 & 10. Daily complimentary Continental breakfast is provided in the hotel's lobby. The property doesn't have a travel-agent liaison, although agents can e-mail questions and requests through the hotel website's online reservation request form.
Getting to Molokai
Car Rentals: Molokai lacks public transportation, so a rental car is necessary for those who want to get out and explore the island's few roads. Budget Rent A Car (www.budget.com) and Dollar Rent A Car (www.dollar.com) have offices at Molokai Airport. Local car-rental companies include Molokai Rent A Car Corp. (866-239-3929) and Island Kine Auto Rental (866-527-7368).
Ferries: The Molokai Princess has two scheduled ferry departures daily between Molokai and Maui. The trip takes about 90 minutes one-way. Call 866-307-6524 or visit www.molokaiferry.com.
Taxi Service: Taxis in Molokai include Hele Mai Taxi (808-336-0967) and Molokai Off Road Tours & Taxi (808-553-3369).
Where To Stay in Molokai
The Lodge & Beach Village at Molokai Ranch (www.molokairanch.com) comprises 65,000 acres of pastureland and coastline. Visitors have a choice of accommodations: The Lodge at Molokai Ranch, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World with 22 guest rooms; or one of the property's 40 Beach Front Tentalows in The Beach Village at Molokai.
The Lodge at Molokai Ranch is in the town of Maunaloa atop a 1,200-foot elevation, presenting unobstructed Pacific views. Rooms are decorated in Hawaiian ranch-style design. Room 105 has skylights and a king bed positioned in the middle of the room with a 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean. The Lodge has two connecting rooms (104 & 105), which serve as an ideal option for families.
The Beach Village at Molokai Ranch is about a half-hour ride from The Lodge down an unpaved road ending at Kaupoa Beach. Regular shuttle service links both resorts, and guests have privileges at both properties. The Beach Village at Molokai Ranch comprises 40 Beach Front Tentalows on raised platforms. These ecologically designed and solar-powered accommodations come with lounge chairs, deck seating, a covered picnic table, and a private, open-air bathroom, which is furnished with full bath amenities. All of the Beach Village Tentalows have two sleeping rooms with a shared bathroom, making them a good recommendation for families.
Agents can reach out to Marlo Nishimoto, sales manager, at 808-534-9561 or [email protected]. The Lodge & Beach Village at Molokai Ranch offers travel-agent rates that start at $100 at The Beach Village and $130 at The Lodge. Rates are per night, subject to 11.41 percent tax and a nightly resort charge of $15. To make reservations, call 888-627-8082.
The oceanfront Hotel Molokai (www.hotelmolokai.com) is located at Kamiloloa Beach, 1.5 miles from the town of Kaunakakai. The hotel is styled after a Polynesian village with 37 open-air, oceanfront bungalows. Accommodations include Standard or Garden View, Deluxe Garden View with Kitchenette, and Oceanfront guest rooms. Rates for a Standard or Garden View Room start at $159 per night double; rates for the Honeymoon Suite start at $249 per night.
The most requested accommodations are the Oceanfront Rooms (135, 136, 220 & 221) and the Honeymoon Suite (205), because of their superior ocean views. Steer families towards one of the hotel's Deluxe Rooms, which have kitchenettes.
Agents can direct questions to the hotel's general manager, Michael Drew (808-553-5347, ext. 610; [email protected]). — MR