#40trails No. 2: Waipo‘o Falls Trail, Kaua‘i

By April 13, 2015 #CatTravels

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HIKE: Waipo‘o Falls Trail, Kōkeʻe, Kaua‘i
WHEN: March 2015
LENGTH: 2 miles, roundtrip
DIFFICULTY: Moderate
FEATURES: Birding, native plants, waterfalls, canyon views

KŌKEʻE, Kauaʻi — After driving for about an hour from Līhuʻe Airport to Kōkeʻe State Park — OK, we stopped for taro chips and a slice of lilikoi chiffon pie in Hanapepe — we arrived at the state cabin we had rented smack in the middle of the afternoon.

It wasn’t enough time to hit one of the longer trails that ambles along the ridge lines with specatular views of the stunning Nāpali Coast. But, according to the map we had picked up in the museum, we just had enough daylight to get to Waipo‘o Falls and back. (The “and back” part was the most important.)

We had seen the 800-foot falls (top) from the Waimea Canyon Lookout on our way to the state park, located on the island’s west end. I didn’t realize we could actually traverse the trail above it — and all within about two hours! Sounded like a plan!

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Spread over 4,345 acres on a plateau as high as 4,200 feet above sea level, Kōkeʻe State Park is loaded with hiking trails — 45 miles, to be exact — through all sorts of terrain, from lush native forests to rugged ridges. Some of these trails lead to view of Waimea Canyon, others open to the fabled Nāpali Coast.

We were heading into the canyon.

Waimea Canyon, itself, is a destination on Kaua‘i. Called “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” it’s quite a sight to behold. It stretches an impressive 14 miles long, one mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep. Its crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges are absolutely stunning.

The Waipo‘o Falls Trail would give us a different view of the canyon — from the opposite side of the lookout.

The hardest part was actually finding the trailhead.

From the Waimea Canyon Lookout, you have to drive north along Kōkeʻe Road (550) for about four miles until you get to a dirt road — called Halemanu Road — on your right that descends into Waimea Canyon. On the opposite side of the road is a dirt parking area. Park here and walk across the street to the trailhead. There’s a sign (above), but you might miss it.

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From the road, the trail widens into a well-worn path through both native trees (like koa) and invasive plants (like nasturtium). Less than a mile in, you’ll hit the junction for the Canyon Trail. Take that. Then shortly after, you’ll approach another split — one leads to Waipo‘o Falls, the other to a cliff viewpoint. Take the first one.

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Even though this trail is listed as about two miles long, I was surprised by the up-and-down terrain. (I bet when it’s raining, it’s not fun.) While it’s not difficult — it really isn’t — it was more tiring than we had anticipated, especially after a long day of driving and eating taro chips. But the trail views — a native forest filled with the chirps and songs of endemic Hawaiian honeycreepers — really made this an enjoyable trek.

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As you approach the 1-mile turnaround, the trail opens up to this: a sweeping view of the canyon in all of its glory.

You won’t see the waterfall from this trail, and I almost didn’t care, what with these canyon views. I loved the contrast of the amber dirt and the olive vegetation against the bluest of skies. We must’ve spent more time here than anywhere else on this trail — including the swimming hole at the end.

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From this point, it was a short walk — maybe less than .2 mile — to the falls. Meaning, the first tier of the falls.

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The trail is above the top of the waterfall, which cascades down 800 feet to the canyon floor below. It’s a long way down — and the photo above doesn’t do it justice. This is just the first — and smaller — of the falls that hits the rock ledge before spilling over and into the canyon.

I snapped that photo by hovering over the edge of the cliff a little ways off the trail. This was the best I could do to get a glimpse of the falls from above without risking my life — and it was the safest viewing spot we could find. I wouldn’t venture any further off the trail here, though.

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The trail ends here, at the top of the waterfall. This ‘awapuhi ginger-lined steam and swimming pool is your final stop. Even though I grew up in Hawai‘i — and wading in swimming holes was a childhood pastime — I decided to skip the dip and just appreciate the view.

We headed back the same way we came, remembering the hilly terrain and how challenging that can be for tired legs. We wound up making great time on the way back, reaching the junction in about 20 minutes. (Yes, 20 minutes. It took us an hour to get to the falls!)

VERDICT: Great hike for anyone, just make sure you have enough time (meaning, daylight hours) to complete it based on your skill level, speed and Instagram needs. It’s a short trail with a big payoff, with unforgettable views of the canyon. And you might catch a a peek at a native bird, too.

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New project: #40trails

By April 10, 2015 #40trails, #CatTravels

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I don’t know when I first started hiking. But when I started, I didn’t stop.

I’ve always loved just being outdoors, whether sitting in my backyard or drifting on a surfboard in the middle of the Pacific.

But there’s something about hiking, wandering through groves of hāpuʻu tree ferns on a ridge trail somewhere in the Ko‘olaus or standing at a summit overlooking the farms of Waimānalo with a panoramic view of the sprawling ocean.

I wouldn’t call myself an extreme hiker or a trail expert. Sure, there have been times — when I was younger, of course — when I’ve climbed rock faces I probably shouldn’t have and ditched the marked trails to explore an area overgrown with strawberry guava trees.

Not anymore.

I just like the simple walk in the forest, maybe catch a glimpse of a native songbird or walk through a grove of flowering mountain apple trees, snack on a banana with a view of the ocean. Nothing dangerous. I’ve got nothing to prove. And — let’s be real — I like my limbs where they are.

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As I approached my 40th birthday, I wondered — sometimes out loud — what I should do to commemorate the new decade.

I thought about going to Bali (still am, actually) and running the marathon (signed up — again). But I was thinking about something bigger, something harder.

Then it came to me: I’m going to hike 40 different trails in the year that I’m 40.

It could be trails that I’ve done before, trails in different states, trails I’ve always wanted to do but never got around to it.

It scares me to broadcast this to the world since you will all hold me accountable. But I’m planning to finish all 40 in a year’s time. Hey, I’m already at No. 6. (I just didn’t blog about them!)

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I’m going to skip my first hike, which was Makapu‘u on my birthday, as I blogged about it already. So I’m starting with the second trail — Waipo‘o Falls at Kōkeʻe on Kauaʻi.

And if you have a suggestion about a trail I should do — Neighbor Islands, included! — let me know. I’ll be posted my hikes on Instagram (@catherinetoth) and tweeting (@thedailydish) about them using the hashtag #40trails. So look for that. Then come back here and read all about my adventures in the wilderness.

But first, I need to get new hiking shoes.

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#CatTravels: Turning 40 in Kōkeʻe

By March 30, 2015 #CatTravels

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It was my birthday. But it wound up being more of a bird-day.

My husband, an avid hiker and nature geek, decided to take me to Kōkeʻe on Kaua‘i for my 40th birthday this past weekend. He had plans to hike several of the many trails that snake through the state park north of Waimea Canyon. And he was sure to pack two things: our sleeping bags and our binoculars.

Sleeping bags because he booked one of the state cabins at the Lodge at Kōkeʻe, which are notoriously cold and dingy. And binoculars because we were going to bird. Hard.

Now, I wouldn’t call myself a full-on birder. I’m not a member of the Hawai‘i Audubon Society and I don’t book trips specifically to find birds.

But I do enjoy catching a glimpse of one of the Islands’ native birds on the rare occasion we’re hiking in areas where they’re still fluttering around.

This was going to be that occasion. And the binoculars were definitely coming.

Here’s what our weekend on Kaua‘i of hiking and birding — and yes, eating, too! — looked like:

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We arrived on Friday — my birthday! — on Kaua‘i (above), geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. Kōkeʻe State Park, where we were staying, is located on the island’s west side — about a 45-minute drive from the nearest town, Waimea.

First things first, though: we need to eat.

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My husband had raved about this bento shop he went to the last time he was on Kaua‘i. It’s called Po’s Kitchen (above) and it’s located in a strip mall just a few minutes from the airport in Līhuʻe.

There’s nothing glamorous about this spot. But that’s the appeal. The owner, Mrs. Po, will ask you what you want and you really have three choices for a box lunch: small, regular or deluxe.

As we found out from talking with some of the regulars, the box lunches contain okazu-ya staples: white rice, hot dog, egg, luncheon meat, fried chicken, a piece beef teriyaki, and a lūʻau tray of noodles and old-school macaroni salad (with spaghetti noodles instead of macaroni). The deluxe comes with two pieces of shrimp tempura.

While you can order ala carte, why bother? You don’t have to think with the box sets — and the price ($6.25 for the small, $7.35 for the regular, $8.65 for the deluxe) is just right.

For me, this was just about as perfect as a local-style lunch can get. No fuss, nothing fancy, just honest local food.

And it was going to tide us over until dinner.

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After picking up some groceries — namely, wine, Diet Coke and poke — from Times Supermarket, we stopped at the Taro Ko Chip Factory in the small plantation town of Hanapepe for some freshly cooked taro and sweet potato chips.

You can’t drive past Hanapepe and not stop here. The chips are that good.

After talking to owner Dale Nagamine — OK, so I did most of the talking; he just smiled and kept cooking — we headed toward Waimea.

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Before reaching Kōkeʻe State Park, we pulled into the Waimea Canyon Lookout, a popular stop for visitors to the area.

And rightfully so.

Waimea Canyon, often called “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” is grand, alright. It stretches 14 miles long, one mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep. Here, you get panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges as far as you can see. From here, you can see Waipo‘o Falls in the distance, too. The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River rising from the intense rainfall from Mount Wai‘ale‘ale, one of the wettest places on earth. It’s breathtaking, to say the least.

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My husband booked a cabin at the Lodge at Kōkeʻe, right in the state park. We got the Olopua cabin, which is actually connected to another cabin by an inside door. You could have probably fit 10 of us in here.

Don’t confuse this with the Lodge at Kōʻele on Lānaʻi! The state cabins are rundown and dirty — and with hardly any insulation, very, very cool.

But they’re cheap — maybe about $65 a night — and better than camping if you consider we had a stove, refrigerator, hot water, private toilet, a wood-burning oven and a roof to keep us dry during rainstorms. I wasn’t complaining!

After picking up a map of the trail system from the Kōkeʻe Museum — yes, there is one — we figured we had enough time to hit at least one trail: the Waipo‘o Falls Trail.

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Waipo‘o Falls is an 800-foot cascading waterfall in Waimea Canyon, and this moderate hike takes you to a swimming hole just above it.

You start from a trail just off the Kōkeʻe State Park sign and walk along the rim of Halemanu Canyon. While you won’t come face-to-face with the waterfalls — you actually end up above yet — you will get a unique look at the canyon itself and the pools of water that feed the falls.

It’s a pretty spectacular hike, to be honest, as it takes you through the Kōkeʻe rainforest and along an ‘awapuhi ginger-lined stream.

It tools us about an hour to get to the swimming pool — we didn’t jump in — but 20 minutes to hike back to the trailhead. The trail is very up-and-down, with the hardest uphill sections on the way back. It was a great introduction to the hiking trails that we were about to hit over the weekend.

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The next morning we set up at daybreak to hike to Pihea Summit, then along the popular Alaka‘i Swamp Trail to a lookout where you can see Hanalei Bay.

You want to start early for two reasons: less people on the trail — we saw no one on the way to the lookout — and less clouds ruining the view.

The trail starts at the Pu‘u O Kila Lookout at the end of Kōkeʻe Road. From here, you can see the gorgeous Nāpali cliffs and the lush, amphitheater-headed Kalalau Valley below.

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The Pihea Trail is about 3.7 miles long through ʻōhiʻa montane wet forest along the rim of Kalalau Valley. Park of the trail is a plank boardwalk (above) covered with rusted chicken wire to provide traction.

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It’s very scenic and wet and peaceful, with lots of native birds — like this endangered ‘apapane (Hawaiian honeycreeper, above) — flittering about.

You get to a fork in the road where you can either keep heading toward the Pihea Summit — or you can continue to the Alaka‘i Swamp, which is what we did.

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The Alaka‘i Swamp Trail is about 3.5 miles long through native wet forest to the rim of Wainiha Pali with sweeping views of Kauai‘i north shore — including Hanalei Bay and Waipā Valley. The majority of this trail is the same plank boardwalk from the other trail. Much of it, though, is damaged or destroyed.

The swamp is interesting in and of itself.

It’s a montane wet forest — more like a bog than a swamp — located on a plateau near Mount Wai‘ale‘ale. It’s often shrouded in mist, though we went early enough to catch it on a clear morning.

From the junction at Pihea Summit, you’ll walk downhill for about half a mile before hitting a stream crossing (that, according to some hikers, can be impassable at times). After some rock-hopping, the trail ascends into the Alaka‘i Wilderness Preserve lined with stunted ʻōhiʻa trees and fluttering lapalapa trees. This part is relatively flat and windy.

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Then, at the end, if you’re lucky and the clouds decide to part for you, you’ll get to Kilohana Overlook (above) at stunning views of Wainiha Valley and the horseshoe-shaped Hanalei Bay.

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Here, we stopped for a bit — the hike took us five hours, but we were birding most of the way — and eat the lunch we packed before heading back through the bog, now encircled by clouds, giving it that true bog feel.

We even caught an ‘elepaio (monarch flycatcher, above) sighting, too!

It took us about two hours to trek back to the Pu‘u O Kila Lookout — we ran into about a dozen people on the trail heading out, including Hi‘ilei Kawelo from Paepae o He‘eia! — to make it an even 7-hour hike. Our legs were tired, but we ventured on several more smaller trails before heading to Waimea for dinner.

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We saw a few more birds — the ‘amakihi (Hawaiian honeycreeper) and some kolea (Pacific golden plover) — on the other trails, which took us through more forests filled with native trees like this majestic koa (above).

Then we called it a day after nine total hours of hiking. I think we earned dinner!

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We drove down to Waimea to eat at Wrangler’s Restaurant, an old-school paniolo steakhouse right off Kaumuali‘i Highway. We ordered the pulehu and kiawe-grilled steaks — both perfectly cooked — which came with full access to a salad bar with some of the freshest lettuce I’ve ever seen and an endless supply of pickled onions that were so good, we ordered two pounds of it to go. (Seriously!)

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And if I thought the weekend wasn’t magical enough, on the drive back to Kōkeʻe, we spotted an endangered pueo (Hawaiian short-eared owl), endemic to the Islands and not an easy bird to spot. But there it was, just sitting on a tree branch, with the sun setting behind Ni‘ihau in the background.

Chicken skin.

Thanks to the people, the birds and the spirit of Kōkeʻe for making my birthday weekend such an incredible experience. (Husband played a big role, too!)

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Update on work on the Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail

By March 24, 2015 #CatTravels

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I’ve been hiking the trail to the Makapu‘u Lighthouse my entire life.

Located on the eastern-most point of O‘ahu — where I’ve spent most of my adult life — this mile-long paved trail takes you to an overlook above the historic red-roofed lighthouse, built in 1909 on this 600-foot sea cliff. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds such as the ‘iwa and frigate bird. On clear days, you can see Moloka‘i and Lānaʻi in the distance. And if you’re lucky, between November and May, you might catch a glimpse of the humpback whales the migrate past Makapu‘u to warmer waters.

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I love this trail for a lot of reasons: it’s paved and easy, there’s lots of parking, and the views of the Ka‘iwi Coastline and the Pacific Ocean are simply breathtaking.

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Oh, and it’s perfect for my dogs.

It’s one of the few state trails that allows dogs on-leash — and I’ve taken my dogs up there since they were puppies at least once a week.

In fact, hiking up Makapu‘u has become part of my weekly routine.

So hearing about its closure for repair work was incredibly distressing. Where would I take my dogs now??? I was in a panic.

For about a month, the trail was closed during the weekday — when we normally go — and open on weekends. We had to find other trails to hit in the meantime.

But the other week, as we drove by, I was astonished to see about three dozen cars parked along Kalaniana‘ole Highway. Apparently, the trail had been opened during the weekdays — and I hadn’t known about it.

So I quickly pulled over, leashed up the dogs, and headed up the familiar trail to the lighthouse.

I’ve been back several times since then, and the work has been slowly progressing.

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Repair to the trail started in February and will continue through July (though one of the maintenance guys told me the improvement project might stretch out to the end of the year). According to the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, the trail should only be closed on 25 days during the six-month project, always on weekdays. The parking lot and trail will be open during regular park hours on weekends — 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and until 7:45 p.m. after April 1.

Five new lookouts and rest stops will be constructed along the trail and in locations that are already popular stopping points. They will include interpretative signage, viewing scopes (yay!) and benches.

The existing two lookouts at the summit will be renovated to include new railings, stairs and concrete walkways.

Over the years — it’s been around for more than 100 years! — the stacked rock walls and walkways have become severely eroded and unstable. More than 400 hikers and bicyclists use this trail every day. So sections will be reconstructed, new drainage culverts will be installed, and the walkways will be repaved.

(There won’t be any restrooms, though. Cost and community protest are the main reasons.)

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It’s hard to tell if work is progressing fast enough that the trail will reopen in July. And so far, I can’t find much in terms of updates on DLNR’s website.

All I know is that the trail will be closed from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 and Friday, March 27. Future closure dates — all tentative — are July 20 to 24 and July 27 and 28. But that all depends on whether the work is on schedule.

Until then, I’ll keep driving by and checking. And I’ll post updates on my Twitter (@thedailydish).

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And look on Instagram (@catherinetoth) for more shots like this one above! That’s when you’ll know it’s open!

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#CatTravels: My first visit to Lānaʻi

By March 18, 2015 #CatTravels

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I’ve eaten stinky tofu on the streets of Taipei City, fed kangaroos in Brisbane in Australia and surfed the cold waves in western Ireland.

But I’ve never been to Lānaʻi.

Yes, the island that’s literally 80 miles away. If we weren’t separated by water, I could drive there in a couple of hours.

There’s really no good reason why I’ve never been to Lānaʻi. I’ve heard the stories and seen the photos of the two luxe Four Seasons properties there — Mānele Bay and the Lodge at Kōʻele — and have always wanted to visit. I imagined snorkeling in the calm waters of Hulopo‘e Bay, hiking along the oceanside path to Pu‘u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock), and just relaxing in front of the fireplace at the lodge.

But the cost — the hotel rates weren’t cheap — was a big deterrent for me, and I wound up using that cash to invest in trips to more exotic locales.

Still, Lānaʻi was always on my mind.

So when I got invited to fly there with a bunch of social media influencers to experience the updated service of Island Air and tour the multimillion-dollar renovations to the Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi at Mānele Bay, I took it.

And I learned a lot, too.

Lānaʻi has been long known as the Pineapple Island because it was once an island-wide pineapple plantation. Now, it could be called Ellison Island, as tech billionaire Larry Ellison owns 98 percent of it, including the two hotels and airline. Unemployment has dropped dramatically and he’s already made major improvements to the island’s infrastructure. (Learn more from this story in the New York Times’ Magazine.)

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Island Air flies five times a day to Lānaʻi — it also flies to Maui and Kaua‘i, too — with an average one-way rate of $62, making this a great deal for interisland travel.

“I truly understand the importance of air to an island state,” said president and CEO Dave Pflieger (above) to us. “We’re growing and fixing this airline … There’s a lot of potential here and there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. (But) give us a shot. We’re a choice.”

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I’m sure some of you probably thought Island Air flew those cramped 9-seater prop planes. Actually, the airlines has a small fleet of 64-passenger planes like the one above. (This is an ATR-72 twin-engine turboprop, in case you’re wondering.) It’s spacious enough for the 30-minute flight. And really, what else do you need besides a comfortable seat and a complimentary cup of coffee?

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We arrived on Lānaʻi in the morning — along with produce, fish and other retail products that’s loaded on every flight from O‘ahu. We hopped in a van to get a quick tour of Lānaʻi City.

The entire island has about 3,000 people and is the smallest inhabited island in Hawai‘i. There’s one school — Lānaʻi High and Elementary School — that serves the entire island from kindergarten through 12th grade. There are three grocery stores and a bar and a smattering of boutiques and art shops — and that’s it. There are no shopping malls or fast food restaurants or traffic lights here. It’s a world apart from bustling O‘ahu.

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We stopped by the Lodge at Kōʻele, which is closed while the other hotel at Mānele Bay is being renovated. This hotel is a favorite of my friends, who prefer the mountain lodge feel — so different from what we’re used to — to the oceanfront Mānele Bay. This stunning retreat offers horseback riding, clay shooting and an archery range.

And the roads leading here are lined with majestic Cook pines, which only add to the country beauty here.

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Next, we arrived at the Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi at Mānele Bay, immediately greeted by the smiles and stellar service for which this luxe chain is known.

I was eager to see the renovations — the price tag hasn’t been disclosed — to this already gorgeous hotel.

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Here’s one of the guest rooms (above), this one on the first floor and facing the garden. Everything from the walls to the in-room technology has been upgraded. These new rooms feature mahogany floors, teak walls and extra-comfy mattresses that were specially made for the Four Seasons. The windows are controlled by a touchpad, with blackout rolling shades for privacy.

The in-room refreshment area is stocked with beautiful glassware, a Nespresso coffee maker, and a customizable stocked mini-fridge. And the bathroom had an overhead rainshower, a TV embedded in the mirror, and a toilet that greeted you by lifting its lid. (And I loved that the seat was warm!)

The new look comes with a new price. While before, you could have gotten deals to stay here, the lowest kama‘aina rate is $800 a night. (The cheapest rack rate is $900 a night.) That’s well outside my price range.

But who’s going to stay in the room?

We ventured outside, touring around the main lobby and pool area, which will all be completely different by the end of the year. (The hotel is closing from June to December to complete the renovations.)

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As lovely as these area are (above), they will be completely overhauled by next year. The hotel will boast a private adults-only pool with breathtaking views of the bay and a lobby area that will be transformed into a lush garden.

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The hotel took us to lunch at VIEWS at Mānele Bay, the restaurant at its world-class golf course. (Both the restaurant and the course will be open during renovations.)

This restaurant, with panoramic ocean views, features a menu robust with local ingredients, including greens and veggies grown on the island.

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We started (in order, from top) with the summer rolls, filled with shrimp, rice paper, basil, mint, cucumber, macadamia nut and mangoes; and the kalbi rib lettuce wraps with peanuts, rainbow carrots and radishes wrapped in butter lettuce.

The Makai salad is one of the restaurant’s most popular, featuring lobster, scallops and shrimp over Big Island-grown greens, mango, papaya, avocado and tomatoes, topped with lilikoi dressing.

The Baja fish tacos uses whatever fish is in the kitchen that morning, with a salsa fresco and a lime cream dressing. The Hulopo‘e Bay Prawn BLT is another favorite — particularly among the staffers — with prawns and bacon paired with caramelized onions and a creole aioli stuffed into a pita bread.

And I had the VIEWS Burger with aged cheddar cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes and bacon, with a side of thick fries.

We needed to walk after this.

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There’s a little trail from the hotel, across Hulopo‘e Bay and toward the point to a rock formation called Pu‘u Pehe (or Sweetheart Rock).

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Pu‘u Pehe is one of the most famous — and most photographed — natural landmarks on Lāna‘i. The story goes that Pu‘u Pehe was the name of a beautiful girl from Maui who was captured by a young warrior from Lāna‘i. He brought her back to these cliffs and, afraid of losing her, kept her hidden in a sea cave. One day, he had left the cliffs and a storm arose. Huge waves devastated the cave, drowning the girl. Stricken with grief, the young warrior retrieved her body and carried it to the top of the steep rock island for burial. He then jumped off the 80-foot summit to his death in the ocean below.

Hence, Sweetheart Rock. (The literal translation of Pu‘u Pehe is “owl trap hill.”)

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The rest of the group stayed behind while I walked back to the hotel to check out. I couldn’t stay overnight — which, if you consider the room rate, might have been my last and only opportunity — but that’s OK.

The trip was just meant to introduce me to what Lānaʻi has to offer. And though we only drove through the small town and stuck to the areas around the resort, I knew that beyond the bay and across the hills was more to be discovered.

So I’d better save my money now!

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Thanks to Andrea Oka, Michelle Hee and Sonja Swenson for arranging the FAM tour of Lānaʻi on Island Air. And thanks to the awesome staff at the Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi at Mānele Bay for the hospitality. Fun times! Hope to be back soon!

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