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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lana'i Recap

The T-shirt agenda

This pretty much sums up everything there is to do on the island :)

Garden of the Gods - check!

Munro trail is on the hillside behind the gazebo - this is behind The Lodge (4 seasons) - we didn't hike it because it was too muddy

Shipwreck Beach - check!

If you walk inland from shipwreck beach you can see some cool old hieroglyphs

For two days it rained, creating mud where there once were roads

While we didn't get stuck, we got close on our way to Keomoku Village - so, after covering the jeep in red mud and skidding and sliding we decided to nix the remaining 4 items on the t-shirt checklist

On the day we went to Valley of the Gods, we went all the way down to the northern shore of the island where we had a pristine beach pretty much to ourselves

The sun's rays had a cool effect

Our own personal Jeep ad

Other stuff
Lana'i is like stepping back into a different world; the island was once owned entirely by Dole as a gigantic pineapple plantation (and now 98% of it is owned by David Murdock). Even today there are only two paved roads, and small Lana'i City is based around Dole Park. We signed up to take the Four Seasons shuttle for the week ($35 or so) and were then able to get from Manele Bay to the city, or from the city to The Lodge. There are not many places to stay on the island but we lucked out with Dreams Come True Bed and Breakfast with an awesome host who made us breakfast every morning...Lana'i is definitely one of the most relaxing places I have ever been

Approaching Manele - looking at the south eastern coast of the island

Birds of paradise in front of the Hotel Lana'i

Other Lana'i activities
-seeing Humpback Whales in the strait between Maui and Lana'i
-swimming with the dolphins (in the bay, for free)
-ghetto snorkeling (where you just hold your breath and go under with goggles)
-feeling like you're going to die in the back of a jeep that is speeding along a dirt road
-watching the rain from the front porch of the B&B
-getting a drink at each of the resorts (the Lana'i crawl is all of 3 hotels and 2 places in town)
-being in bed around 10pm every night
-fresh mangoes
-fresh passionfruit juice drink
-being the only people on a beach
-taking a plane so small the captain is your crew and you don't have to go through security

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