Visitors Increase For Lanai And Molokai

Lanai had a 19.1% increase in visitors for the month of July as compared to the same time last year. Spending on Lanai increased over the year a whopping 67.9% to $8.6 million.

Molokai also saw increases in visitors and expenditures. Visitors increased by 32.2% and spending increased 109.5%.

The increase in Lanai is due largely to new visitors coming and staying at the recently redone Four Seasons Resort Lanai. The resort, formally the Manele Hotel, reopened in February 2016.

Overall vistors have increased 5.3 percent statewide. Visitor spending also grew to 4.8% in July, and 9.8% for the year to July totals.

Hydroponic Farm Set To Open This Year

The indoor hydroponic farm is scheduled to open later this year. The Larry Ellison partnership will be able to grow and sell vegetables for cheaper than produce thats imported. Last August Ellison announced the Sensei project on Lanai. Sensei would use automated computer hydroponic farming in large greenhouses.

Also set to reopen later this year is the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele. The property closed in January 2015 in order for extensive renovations to be done totaling approximately $75 million. A new spa and fitness center are among the new amenities the lodge will provide.

Lani is the first Sensei farm for the Los Angeles based company. The first crops will include Black Trifle tomatoes, and Komatsuna mustard greens. We look forward to viewing the completed project!

Coming Up, Your Weekend Events!

Friday Town Party this Friday September 29th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Lanai. Roundtrip ferry rides between Lahaina Harbor and Manele Harbor will be available. Live music, food, drinks, prizes and more! There is expected to be over 30 vendors, and food booths will be set up along Dole Park. The Maui Fridays website has information for Lanai Fifth Friday.

Happening now through September 30th, the Chinese Moon Festival is taking place along Front Street.  This week long event is free! A box of 4 moon cakes is $25.00. Flavors include red bean, white lotus, taro, and 5 nuts with egg yolk. Cultural activities like calligraphy and knot tying along with tea and traditional music that the whole family can enjoy. You can view the schedule of events here.

Also on Saturday September 30th, Damian Marley & J Boog will be performing at the A&B Amphitheater with gates opening at 5:00 pm. Show is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. Food will be available for purchase as well as drinks including beer and wine. General pricing and VIP ticket pricing available. Parking will be available in the MACC lot and the UHMC lot. The Maui Arts website has all the information on this event.

Enjoy the remainder of your week and weekend!

Lanai

With so many new developments in the works, it’s no wonder people are getting excited about Lanai.  Billionaire Larry Ellison’s plans for Pulama Lanai could almost double the island population in the next two decades.  Along with the approximate 100 room resort,  new plans would extend residential area, include a possible new airport runway, new roads, and plenty of parks to enjoy.

Lanai offers a variety of activities as well as places of historical value.  Hiking up Koloiki Trail offers a breathtaking view of Molokai.  This hike is roughly 5 miles long so be sure to bring plenty of water as well as snacks.  Weather most likely will be cooler, a light jacket or sweatshirt may be necessary.

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Hulopoe Beach is a great beach to relax and enjoy the water or take advantage of the reefs and go snorkeling.  Picnic tables as well as restrooms are available at the beach.  Be sure to look for Sweetheart Rock to the east of the beach.  The rock, known as Puu Pehe is a true landmark of Lanai.

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Lanai’s 5th Friday is happening tomorrow!  5th Friday is a great way to meet local businesses and get to know and participate in the local community!  Event takes place at Dole Park from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm.

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Festivities For Fourth of July

4th of July for many is spent with family and friends celebrating with fireworks displays, delicious food, and entertainment.  Front Street in Lahaina has music, Karaoke, event shirts, and fireworks starting at 8:00 pm.  Many front street restaurants will be offering food and drink specials in celebration.

Another fun activity is the annual Lanai Pineapple Festival!  This two-day event runs on Friday July 4th and Saturday July 5th.  If you didn’t get your fill of fireworks you can see them at the festival starting at 9:00 pm on July 5th.  Enjoy games, crafts, food booths, and entertainment.  For those coming from Maui, make sure to check ferry schedules and make reservations if needed.

Going on now through July 11 in Makawao is the Paniolo Country: A Themed Exhibition.  This art exhibition explores the role of the Hawaiian cowboy.  Open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Starting Thursday July 3rd through Sunday July 6th is the Makawao Rodeo.  Enjoy bull riding, barrel racing, team roping and more!  Saturday is the Paniolo Parade with local celebrities and rodeo royalty!  Free shuttle service to the parade is available from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.

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We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!