It’s been a while since I’ve played around with video. As the happy owner of the recently released iPhone 6 Plus, I thought that I would give its video camera a try. What better place to play around with the video camera than during our short Thanksgiving adventure on the small island of Lanai.
After having a wonderful dinner at Nobu at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, we decided to catch the complementary Four Seasons shuttle back to the Lodge at Koele. It was a chilly November night. What better way to enjoy the rest of the evening than with late night hot chocolate, in the the Lodge’s Great Hall, next to the fireplace.
Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s Nobu on Lanai opened less than two years ago at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. Celebrity chef and restaurateur, Chef Matsuhisa, is known for his new style Japanese cuisine, which fuses traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. He’s also considered to be a favorite of Lanai’s majority owner, Larry Ellison. The co-founder and CEO of Oracle, and fifth richest man in the world, owns 97 percent of the island. I’ve dined at Nobu Honolulu before, but this would be my first time experiencing the Manele Bay location.
Puu Pehe, also referred to by locals as The Sweetheart Rock, is one of Lanai’s most iconic landmarks. Located just off of the southern coastline, Puu Pehe is situated between Manele Bay and Hulupoe Bay. The 80-feet islet is roughly a 45 minute walk from the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.
Michelle and I recently had the chance to spend some time on the island of Lanai for the first time. We would make the Four Seasons, The Lodge at Koele our retreat for Thanksgiving weekend. We wanted to leave the minutiae of the Thanksgiving holiday behind and simply enjoy each others company with maximum relaxation and no stress. It worked. The pine-filled island of Lanai, and the The Lodge at Koele made that happen.
Hot Import Nights returned to Hawaii for the second time this year as it begins to wrap up its yearly tour for 2014. Miss HINs from across the US attended as a packed crowd enjoyed another edition of Miss HIN Honolulu, a dance competition, a bikini contest, and meeting their favorite import models.
Khym Ansagay, urban hiker extraordinaire, recently completed walking around the perimeter of Oahu in its entirety using roads, bridges, and bike lanes. His walkabout was split into 10 trips, all beginning and ending at a bus stop, and totaled 54 hours and over 148 miles. The following maps, images, and descriptions are provided by Khym to document his impressive feat. The trips are ordered geographically rather than order of completion.
On Thanksgiving Day, a small group of hikers set out to reach the top of Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven) from a very empty Moanalua Valley. While the sun and fast winds kept the initial portions of the hike manageable, a few shaded muddy puddles allowed increases in the sense of schadenfreude as a few hikers miserably failed to keep their shoes clean. The hike up Moanalua Middle was dry but extremely windy as a few in the group were rewarded with clear views on their first ever trip to the famous stairs.