Larry Ellison Restarts Tourism on the Pineapple Island
- Feb 25, 2016
By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor
Lanai City, Hawaii–The Four Seasons Resort Lanai officially opened on Hawaii’s Pineapple Island earlier this month.
The property, which features 217 guestrooms including 51 suites, is owned by Oracle Corp.’s co-founder and billionaire, Larry Ellison, who purchased 98 percent of the Island of Lanai about four years ago for $300 million. Once Hawaii’s largest pineapple plantation, the secluded 90,000-acre island is located just nine miles west of Maui.
In a Hawaiian blessing ceremony, Ellison and Isadore Sharp, founder & chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, were joined by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, local dignitaries, community members and employees to untie the sacred, mana-filled lei and officially mark the opening event.
Located on Hulopoe Bay, the resort offers guests lobbies and seating areas, multiple dining experiences, an immersive spa and wellness program, botanical gardens and waterways, a lagoon-style, central pool with cascading waterfall, luxury retail boutiques featuring Missoni, Jimmy Choo and the Lanai Collection, and an 18-hole ocean-view Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course.
Ellison also owns the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, which will reopen later this year after renovations. There are also plans for helistop pads at the two luxury Four Seasons resorts, which would be some of the first atop any of Hawaii’s hotels.
Lanai has a diverse topography that creates an island of unique contrasts, with myriad activities, including hiking and horseback riding in the green upcountry lands, off-roading across red dirt roads colored from volcanic rock, snorkeling and sailing. Lanai’s main town, Lanai City, is famous for having maintained the spirit of old Hawaii, attracting visitors from all over the world to a tranquil tropical destination that offers crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches and world-class golf.
Images courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Lanai/ Pacific Dream Photography Inc.