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Lanai, Maui, Hawaii

Visiting Lanai Checklist

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Going to Lanai?

The Essential Checklist for Visiting the Pineapple Isle

Rustic Hawaii might be a thing of myth for modern travelers, given the tremendous expansion the Aloha State has seen in the last three-plus decades.

But ferry on over to Lanai—literally—and you’ll get a glimpse of what Hawaii was like before widespread gentrification: There are no traffic lights on this gorgeous island, a single gas station (and a single poke shop) caters to its 3,102 residents, and shopping is largely reserved for trips to neighboring Maui. And while Oracle CEO Larry Ellison may own 98% of the island, its eighteen miles of rugged beauty can be relished by kama’aina and visitors alike.

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Keen on seeing its golden-sanded beaches—or its stunning red-lava cliffs?  Bust out your pen and paper because here’s the ultimate checklist for visiting the Pineapple Isle:

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Saving Money in Hawaii

17 Tips To Cut Travel Costs In Hawaii

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Traveling has become a staple for many of us. Some of us travel abroad while others decide to explore our own country from boarder to boarder and coast to coast. The travel industry continues to grow each year and whether it’s due to inflation or a rise in demand, travel seems like it has become more expensive. Whatever your reason is for travel, business or pleasure, retirement or gap year, we did the research for you to help cut travel costs and save some dough while still getting the best out of your traveling.

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Maui Film Festival

5 Reasons to Attend the Maui Film Festival

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Maui has long held serious allure for artists around the world.

Georgia O’Keefe—universally lauded for her paintings of the American Southwest—took to Hana’s verdant shores when she was commissioned to paint two canvases for Dole Pineapple in 1939. Country music icon Willie Nelson calls Spreckelsville one of his homes away home, while Kris Kristofferson savors Maui’s remote eastern coast. Clint Eastwood, Steven Tyler, Owen Wilson, and the master of talk show artistry Oprah Winfrey are familiar faces around the Valley Isle. And who can forget that Maui’s lush North Shore is the long-time home of Poet Laureate and environmental advocate W.S. Merwin?

Given the inspiration Maui arouses, it’s no surprise that it’s also home to one of the most exciting film festivals in the country. Read More

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Trending Now: What’s Hot in Hawaii—2017

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You scroll through your Twitter feed for breaking news, peruse Facebook for the latest on your friends and family, pore over pics on Instagram, even get Google alerts on your most lusted-after bands.

In other words, you like to be in the know—and you’re keen on putting the now into that knowledge.

trending in Hawaii

And whether you’re vacationing in Hawaii or have lived here your whole life, chances are that thirst for knowledge extends to the 50th state. You want to know what’s happening and hot not just on your island du jour, but also throughout the entire archipelago. Read More

Grand Wailea Maui

10 Things You Should Know About the Grand Wailea Before Arriving

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grand poolThey don’t call it grand for nothing: The Grand Wailea—a Waldorf Astoria Resort on the south shore of Maui—has it all: beauty and romance, leisure and play, elegance and authenticity, glee and tranquility.

So spectacular is this spot, in fact, that U.S. News & World Report named it one of the top ten luxury resorts on the Valley Isle, while it caters to more than half a million visitors annually.

Planning to count yourself as one of them? Whether you’re on your way there or are dreaming up the vacation of a lifetime, here are 10 things you should know about the Grand Wailea before arriving:

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Top Maui Hotels and Resorts

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Wondering where to stay on Maui? Whether you’re looking for a luxe experience or an out-of-the-way oasis, you’re in luck: Accommodations on the Valley Isle span from five-star resorts to quaint bungalows tucked into the rainforest. Here are the top 12 Maui hotels and resorts—and what makes them spectacular.

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Fairmont Kea Lani

Fairmont Kea Lani

Drive through the plush landscapes of Wailea and you’re bound to want to stay on one of the region’s pristine beaches. Discover that pleasure and more at the Fairmont Kea Lani, a turreted sanctuary situated on one of the finest stretches of sand on the island. Here, mynah birds provide cheery morning greetings while splendid views of Haleakala beg you to tear your eyes away from the ocean. Amenities abound at this lavish resort, from hot tubs perfect for stargazing to restaurants worthy of their awards (hit up Kō for sushi, fresh fish, and libations). Best part of all? Snorkeling is just steps away from where you hang your bathrobe.

Things to do near the Fairmont Kea Lani

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