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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.


Andy Hayes Finds Hawaii Paradise Not Lost on #VisitLanai

3 Dec

Heart Lei from the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele via Andy HayesAndrew Hayes had never been to Hawaiʻi before his trip to Visit Lānaʻi. He went in search of the authentic spirit of Hawaiiana, and of course, this is easiest found on the island of Lānaʻi!

Please enjoy reading Andy’s articles over on his blog:

When an Amateur Golfer Meets a Pro Course

12 Ways to Relax in Lanai, Hawaii

In Search of Old Hawaii in Lanai

Photo Essay – Jeep Adventures on Lanai, Hawaii

Where to Stay in Lanai, Hawaii

Belles in Hiding in Lanai, Hawaii Guest Post on Travel Belles

Tips for Enjoying Lanai without Breaking the Bank On the Sunshine Blog in the UK

Andy’s VisitLanai Flickr set is rich!

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!

E Kipa May to Andy Hayes of Sharing Travel Experiences #VisitLanai

7 Aug

photo of andy hayes, founder, sharing travel experiences

Please welcome our next New Media Artist, a title=”Andy Hayes – Sharing Travel Experiences” href=”http://www.sharingtravelexperiences.com/” target=”_blank”>Andy Hayes, of Sharing Travel Experiences. Andy and his team are re-defining what luxury travels means to each and everyone of us. Here is how they describe their mission:

Everyone’s definition of a great travel experience will be different. What you value about luxury will differ from someone else’s definition of value luxury. Having said that, we believe that value luxury travel experiences accomplish these three things:

1. Make you feel good about traveling
2. Trigger the immediate sensation of wanting to brag to friends, family, and possibly even strangers
3. Deliver a guilt-free sense of satisfaction about visiting the destination, getting value, or just getting out of the house

That’s why we say we’re like your friend who’s already been there. We will never judge you and your choices. Typically, the travel industry standardizes value into boxes – budget, moderate, luxury; three stars, five stars. We don’t buy into the myth that “cheap” is always the same as “good value.”

Please join Andy at any of these online spots:
Web: Sharing Travel Experiences
Facebook: Sharing Travel Experiences on Facebook
Twitter: @SharingTravel
Check in for updates before, during, and after his stay here in the Hawaiian Islands.

Andy is visiting Lānaʻi from August 9 – 15, 2012 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:

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

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