Ever Dream of Owning an Island?

Ever Dream of Owning an Island? by Lynne Marshall

Koele Lodge, Lanai

This past week, Mr. Larry Ellison bought 98% of Lanai, the sixth largest island in the Hawaiian Islands.  You may be scratching your head and wondering, what’s this got to do with Lynne Marshall’s blog?  Simply put, I’ve been on Lanai, and it was one of the beautiful highlights of my life.  More about that later.

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,


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4 Responses to Ever Dream of Owning an Island?

  1. robena grant says:

    Definitely leave it alone. We have to save some of the beautiful spots in the world so we have places to visit to restore our energy, and calm our thoughts. Love your photos. : )

  2. Robyn says:

    We experienced Lanai for the first time in December, and it was not at all what I expected having been to the four larger islands many times before. I’m still getting used to tropical isles that are not verdant oases. But even with its vast treeless landscapes, Lanai is magical. We stayed four days — being pampered at Manele Bay, dining and strolling the grounds up at the Lodge, and exploring the quaint shops and eateries of little Lanai City nestled in those magnificent Cook Island pines. Heavenly! So, though I can see the need for alternative energy, I can’t imagine spoiling the view with an army of monstrous windmills like creatures from a sci-fi novel invading a sleepy little planet. Hopefully, there will be a better alternative that can leave most people satisfied with the outcome. Progress often comes with a hefty price, and sometimes it’s just not worth it. Sometimes we discover, too often belatedly, that we advanced in the wrong direction.

    • admin says:

      Perfectly put, Robyn!

      Somehow, those windmills fit our California desert much better than a small and gorgeous island like Lanai.

      Lucky you to spend 4 days there. It is a place where you absolutely MUST slow down and relax.

  3. I’m with you, Roben – why mess with paradise?