Ever Dream of Owning an Island? by Lynne Marshall
Ah, but there is trouble in paradise, as the former 98% owner wants to retain the right to develop wind farms on the pristine island. What? Cover those gorgeous verdant hills and breathtaking cliffs with tall, gangly propeller-looking thingies? Gasp!
Just like in the movie The Descendants staring George Clooney (which was filmed in Kauai spring 2010 while my husband and I visited) there are those who fear for archeological sites and native birds on the island. However, others hope that the new owner will upgrade the golf courses and resorts on the island to increase tourism and provide more jobs for locals.
Here’s where I come in. My husband and I took a boat ride from Maui to Lanai a few years back and spent half a day visiting not only the resorts, but the local town. Yes, Four Seasons resorts are opulent. The first was right on the Manele Bay. It was pretty, I admit, but soulless. Not so with The Lodge at Koele, which is situated inland and requiring a bus ride to get there.
Here are a few of the pictures we took after having an incredible lunch in the main Koele lodge, where one complete wall of windows was pushed wide open to let in nature. I’ve included the one picture of me with the sign to show the homes of the local residents in the background.
So what do you think, folks, build a wind farm or leave paradise alone?
Until next week, make it a great one,