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Getting Married on Lana’i

19 Oct

It’s no secret that the Hawaiian Islands are a popular destination for weddings. From San Francisco to Sydney and Toronto to Tokyo, thousands of couples a year make plans to swap their vows in paradise.
beach weddingMost weddings take place on the major Hawaiian Islands including Oahu and Maui, however, the island of Lana’i remains an exclusive getaway where you can escape the crowds. Here, on this small island of 3,300 residents, you truly feel as if the entire island is your private, romantic retreat. The sense of calm and complete silence experienced each night at sunset, and the way in which the surf erases footprints from the shoreline, all create an atmosphere that was designed specifically for you.

Of all the places to get married on Lana’i, the most popular spot is Hulopo’e Bay. This crescent of sand on the southwestern coast has been named the best beach in America, and there are numerous areas surrounding the beach which you can choose for the location of your ceremony. For those who don’t mind a short walk, the cliff top perch gazing out towards Pu’u Pehe is just a five-minute stroll from Hulopo’e. Fittingly known as “Sweeheart Rock,” this iconic sea stack offers panoramic views stretching back towards Maui and Kaho’olawe. Perfect for those seeking an intimate venue, this is a spot where you can exchange your vows on an altar which has been dramatically sculpted by the sea. For many, it’s the definition of romance and simplicity.Puu Pehe
Or, for a larger venue, the Four Seasons Resort, Manele Bay offers a host of options for swapping your vows in luxury. From the on-site salon for getting ready before the wedding, to the oceanfront cabanas looking out over the bay, this world-class resort raises the bar on tropical elegance and romance. It’s no wonder that Bill Gates was famously married here on the 12th hole of the golf course, because when you have a view that gazes out towards 7,000 miles of ocean, what other backdrop in the entire world could possible compare to Manele?

Beach handsNot a beach person? That’s okay. Lana’i also offers a rural, refined venue which is set in the mountain uplands. At the Four Seasons Resort, The Lodge at Koele, you can stroll across the grasses of an empty pasture and take photos in a private gazebo. You can exchange your vows amongst the mists of the highlands before retreating to your own private whirlpool. Here, beneath a canopy of pine trees which form the island’s storied watershed, there is a sense of history and complete escape to accompany your island wedding. It’s almost as if—despite the popularity of the islands—you’ve found a corner of Hawaii in the uplands of Lana’i that few have yet to discover.


Discover the Secret Private Island Waiting for You #VisitLanai with @ottsworld

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Dave & Deb’s Amazing Lānaʻi Adventures!

3 Aug

Dave and Christine hiking the Munro TrailDave & Deb, of the globe-trotting travel blog The Planet D, recently spent a week on visiting Lanai as guests of the Lanai Visitors Bureau (thatʻs us). We think you will love their answers to the question, “What is there to do on Lānaʻi?”

You can get a glimpse from this entry we posted immediately after their trip – it is a list of selected tweets, Instagram photos, and Facebook messages. But for the real deal, we suggest you visit their blog and read these in-depth reports on the land, sea, spa, cat, and dining adventures on the Hawaiian island of Lānaʻi:

Finding Our Inner Cowboy on the Island of Lanai

Travel Couples Find Romance in Hawaii

Snorkel Hawaii and a Scenic Sail Around the Island of Lanai

Lanai, Hawaii – Fixing a Fragile Eco System One Plant at a Time

The Island of Lanai in Photos

Lanai, Where on Earth is it and Who Owns It?

Animal Rescue – Cat Heaven in Lanai

Lodging on Lānaʻi

All of our guest bloggers are generously hosted by these three unique and outstanding Lanai hotel properties. If you can’t decide where to stay, plan on doing like our bloggers and stay at all three!

Later This Month: Andy Hayes

If you missed following this trip in real time, not to worry! Our next new media artist-in-residence to visit the island is Andy Hayes. He’ll be arriving August 9th and staying through August 15th.

Meet our 2012 New Media Artists-in-Residence

9 Mar

Today we are launching our 2012 social media campaign featuring an outstanding group of hand-selected new media artists (aka bloggers and podcasters) who will be sharing their experiences with you as they Visit Lānaʻi, or as we say online, #VisitLanai.

The artists will be on island for 6 nights / 7 days and will be staying at the Hotel Lanai and both Four Seasons’ properties while visiting with the entire Lānaʻi community:
www.lanaichc.org – Lanai Culture & Heritage Center
www.hotellanai.com (@AquaHotels)
www.fourseasons.com/manelebay/ (@FSLanai)
www.fourseasons.com/koele/ (@FSLanai)

We invite you to join the conversation with all of the New Media Artists who are visiting now through November, 2012:

Read more about this innovative Hawaii social media tourism New Media Artist-in-Residence Program here.

photo of chris christensen of the amateur traveler blog and podcastCHRIS CHRISTENSEN
The Amateur Traveler
Visiting Lanai March 9 – 15, 2012 from his home base in northern California
Amateur Traveler on Facebook
@chris2x on Twitter
@amateurtraveler on Twitter

photo of dave and deb of the planet dDAVE & DEB
The Planet D
Visiting Lanai June 25 – July 1, 2012, from their home base in Toronto, Canada
The Planet D on Facebook
@theplanetd on Twitter

photo of Andy Hayes, BloggerANDY HAYES
Sharing Travel Experiences
Visiting Lanai August 9 – 15, from his home base in Portland
Sharing Travel Experiences on Facebook

photo of barbara weibel of the hole in the donut travel blogBARBARA WEIBEL
Hole in the Donut
Visiting Lanai September 13 – 19, from her home base in Florida (though perpetually on the road)
Hole in the Donut on Facebook

photo of sherry ott of otts world travel blogSHERRY OTT
Ott’s World
Visiting Lanai October 29 – November 4 from her home base in New York (though perpetually on the road)
OttsWorld on Facebook

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