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Families Gather Together This Summer at Four Seasons Resort Lanai

The secluded Hawaiian island is the perfect backdrop to a long-awaited “wandermust” escape
May 4, 2021,
Hawaii, Lanai, U.S.A.

Families all over can finally look forward to the prospect of travelling together on a much-needed vacation to create special memories and reconnect.  The hidden gem of Lanai offers an extensive array of exhilarating land, air and ocean activities designed to ensure everyone in the family gets to choose something off their island bucket list.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai is the ideal place to serve as home-base for a vacation to remember.  And with semi-private, round-trip charter service from Honolulu on Lanai Air included in all bookings made by June 30 (arrivals by December 31, 2021), now is the opportune time for families to enjoy outdoor adventures together.

Here are ten fantastic experiences, many managed by Four Seasons, for seamless service and warm, personalised hospitality.  

1. Guests and day visitors have a chance to explore Lanai by Sea on the Resort’s 65 foot (20 metre) rigged sloop Lanai.  Families can enjoy snorkel sails and sunset sails, complete with food and refreshments.  Lanai is home to one of Hawaii's largest schools of spinner dolphins and offers a haven to North Pacific humpback whales December to April.  Private excursions are available for intimate family outings.

Families visiting Maui can combine a transfer to Lanai with an ocean adventure. Travel in comfort and luxury on a private 64 foot (20 metre) sailing catamaran, chartered from Trilogy Excursions.  Cross the Auau Channel and enjoy panoramic views of neighbour islands Molokai and Kohoolawe. The transfer can be completed in as quick as 75 minutes or combined into a snorkel or sunset experience to span 3-5 hours, complete with chef-prepared menus and a premium bar.

2. Guests can now go on a Holoholo island excursion with the Love Lanai Cultural Guides and discover beautiful landscapes, learn about history and culture and "talk story" with new friends.  One outing popular with families is the cultural fishing tour.  Once lines are cast, guests get hands-on practice at different methods of coastal fishing, learning how residents gather food in a sustainable way, perhaps catching some papio, oio or toao. Then enjoy a beach picnic, along with visits to an ancient fishing village of Keomoku and the 800-year-old Waiaopae Fishpond, now being restored by the community to mark the uniquely Hawaiian system of aquaculture to cultivate fish and reconnect with Lanai culture.

3. The newly opened Lanai Adventure Park offers canopy ziplines and adventure towers that are kid friendly and a whole lot of fun.  Children and parents can soar seated or in a Superman position on the zipline course, while getting amazing views of the Kaiholena Gulch.  Or test balance and flexibility with the Adventure Tower, which offers more than 70 obstacles in a two-tiered elevated structure.  Take a seat at the Picnic Table, balance on the Surfboard or Teeter-Totter or try the Slackline, Climbing Wall Traverse, Wood “Cookies” or Fire Cracker Logs.

For ages 4 and up, the ground-level Kids Course allows self-guided exploration through different obstacles all geared up with their own harness and lanyards set, just like older adventurers. Young adults (16 and older) can explore the Adventure Tower in the morning, walk to the nearby Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort for a Nobu-inspired lunch, then return to the park for an afternoon zip lining - a full day of adventure.

4. With only 30 miles (48 kilometres) of paved roads, Lanai is ideal for off-roading. Rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle and explore miles of rugged terrain, taking in the scenery or stopping to visit Lanai City. Be sure to download the free Lanai Guide App and enjoy interactive hiking and driving maps, photos and more. Take along a Four Seasons picnic to enjoy at the location of choice or stop in Lanai City for poke, pizza, sandwiches or local dishes to enjoy at any number of "mom and pop" restaurants or grab a table in Dole Park for an al fresco treat.

5. Saddle the family up for a horseback ride into the hills surrounding Koele, once the centre of ranching operations on the island, and explore wooded trails and glorious vistas. Rides can accommodate all experience levels, including lessons.  Try a Rancher’s Experience - families can head up to the Stables via Resort shuttle or jeep and spend time with miniature horses, donkeys and goats while the wranglers talk story about Koele and the paniolo (cowboy) culture on Lanai.  Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch in the pasture for a relaxing afternoon.  For littler keiki, pony rides and cart rides with the minis are available.

6. At Lanai Archery and Shooting Range guests can take aim and challenge their hand and eye coordination.  Available for guests nine years old and up, the 14-station course in the wooded uplands challenges shooters of all skill levels. With stations offering sporting clays launched to simulate flight patterns of duck, quail, dove, pheasant and even running rabbit patterns, this course offers endless challenge and entertainment. For families wanting the channel their inner Hunger Games characters, guests can set their sight on 3D animal targets such as turkey, deer, T-rex, ram or boar or take aim at traditional archery targets, from 5 to 25 yards (5-23 metres) away at the archery course.  Children as young as eight can enjoy this activity with appropriate supervision – child-sized equipment is available.

7. Learn more about the rich variety of Hawaiian crafts and culture with the complimentary Hooluana daily program of demonstrations and hands-on activities, such as kapala (stamping on cards), hula dancing, ukulele playing, lauhala bracelet weaving, lei making, poi preparation and more.  Or book a private ukulele or hula lesson where everyone in the group can get a chance to learn and perform.

8. For an exhilarating morning activity, head out on a guided private hike to PuuPehe, one of Lanai’s most iconic landmarks. A Love Lanai guide will share native history and traditions about Puupehe and describe the living environment of the beach region.  Before heading back, stop for some Instagrammable sunrise photos.

9. Collaborate with the Resort’s culinary team for a private family dinner they will remember.  Families up to six can Dine Under the Stars overlooking Hulopoe Bay with a five-course tasting menu; parties up to 12 can opt for Cascades or Botanic, outdoor living spaces nestled among koi ponds, lush tropical gardens and waterfalls. Enjoy menus crafted with care, enhancements including florals, live Hawaiian music, hula lessons or even a photographer to commemorate the event.

10. Finally, there are a number of complimentary activities - Visit the Resort’s rescue birds and a chance to talk story with resident "Uncle Bruno" Amby.  Fun for the whole family, the Manele Golf Driving Range transforms into Mini-Manele, a six-hole, par-three course right on the practice facility.  The Kids For All Seasons program is available daily for children aged 5 to 12, offering a range of educational and fun activities. Luxury shuttle service provides intra-island transport to explore charming Lanai City with shops, art galleries and restaurants.

Four Seasons Enhanced Global Health and Safety Program

Four Seasons Resorts Hawaii continue to welcome guests through Lead With CareFour Seasons enhanced global health and safety program. Grounded in health care expertise and enabled by access to leading technologies and tools, Lead With Care establishes procedures that educate and empower employees take care of guests and each other.  For more information, visit here.

Four Seasons Mobile App also provides a convenient and contactless way for travellers to customise their stay. With Four Seasons service at their fingertips, guests have the ability to make and manage reservations, request luggage pickup, airport transfers, room service, housekeeping requests, and more.

*To prioritise the well-being of guests and colleagues, Four Seasons Resort Lanai has reduced the capacity of some experiences.  Advance reservations for dining and activities are strongly recommended.