Lānaʻi, Hawaii: New Media Artist-in-Residence Program

The other day I told my esthetician I was getting my brows waxed in preparation for a trip to Lānaʻi. She looked at me puzzled for a moment, and I quickly clarified my statement with, “In Hawaii.” Indeed, Lānaʻi isn’t one of the most well-known or most trafficked of the Hawaiian islands, which I think suits its laid-back 3,200 residents just fine!  Still, there are so many reasons why travelers should know about this peaceful island. As part of the Lānaʻi Visitors Bureau New Media Artist-in-Residence Program, I’m heading to Lānaʻi to start spreading the good word next week!

Top spot for coconut ice cream on Lānaʻi. Yum!

Seven “New Media Artists” are spending time on Lānaʻi between January and May this year; my buddy Melanie does a great job detailing who the bloggers are and what we’re all about in this post.  Along the way, we’re sharing our firsthand experiences and observations of the island, not only on our own blogs, but on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. For some of us, it’s our first visit to the island that’s just 13 miles wide by 18 miles long, located nine miles off the west coast of Maui. Others, like me, are making a return trip.

I spent two nights on Lānaʻi back in 2008, after a stint on Maui with the other Vacation Gals. I loved being able to retreat to a serene space (no stoplights!) to rest and recharge at the darling, inland Hotel Lanai. That’s not to say I didn’t explore the small island — I hiked the Koloiki Ridge Trail, fired my first shotgun (!), visited the Lānaʻi Cultural Center and strolled the darling, six-block downtown. I actually packed a ton of experiences into my short time there.

Awesome views of neighboring islands from the Koloiki Ridge Trail on Lānaʻi.

This time, with six nights on the island, I’m enjoying even more activities — scuba diving, horseback riding and an oceanfront massage are just a few events on the agenda. And instead of traveling solo, I’m sharing it all with a like-minded friend. We make a great traveling pair, as we both love Hawaii (she honeymooned there, and gets back as often as possible), plus neither of us likes to go a day without exercise. So, in forthcoming blog posts you’ll hear all about our active Lānaʻi adventures, by land and by sea. We’re both from the same town in Colorado, so we also can’t wait to feel that toasty warm sunshine and marvelous tropical, humid air on our dry, high-altitude skin. Busy moms of young children, we’re simply ready for an incredible girlfriend getaway!

Manele Bay Four Seasons Pool

Pretty oceanfront pool at Four Seasons Mānele Bay.

I’m thrilled to return for a couple nights at the Hotel Lānaʻi, where I have fond memories of sitting on a verandah, gazing at the majestic Cook Island pine trees planted in Lānaʻi City’s Dole Square. But I’m equally excited to overnight at each of the island’s high-end properties: Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi, The Lodge at Kōʻele; Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi at Mānele Bay. I’d toured these lovely resorts before, but I can’t wait to get to know each of them a little bit better.

For up-to-the-minute reports on my Lānaʻi adventures, follow me on Twitter or search the hashtag #VisitLanai. I’m hoping to report here at The Vacation Gals with a couple of posts next week between fun-filled days of snorkeling, shopping and sightseeing. (And I’ll file detailed reports after my trip, too.) Do let me know in the comments if you have any questions about visiting Lānaʻi, and I’ll certainly investigate to get some answers for you!

6 Responses to “Lānaʻi, Hawaii: New Media Artist-in-Residence Program”

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    TwinCitiesGal says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventure! Enjoy the sunshine.

    Aloha, Kara!

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    Mara says:

    Kara – this looks amazing. A little green here :) But seriously – have a great time. I can’t wait to read about it.

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    Barbara says:

    Wow… You are going to have an incredible time! I wish I could jump a plane to the islands too, but I guess coastal California will have to do.

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    Jennifer says:

    This is going to be a wonderful experience! It will be fun to follow your adventures.

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    Charity says:

    The island of Lana’i awaits your arrival, we look forward to meeting you and to follow you during your week long, fun filled visit!!! Safe travels!!!

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    Roxanne Darling says:

    Awesome write-up Kara. Thank you so much for being part of the team for this innovative project. You will definitely feel like a local after your six days!

    Like all the other comments (except Charity – whom you will meet!) I too wish I would be there IRL with you. :-)

    Aloha, Rox

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