The Islands of Hawaii
Public Relations Associate
For Immediate ReleaseDecember 10, 2013
LANA'I NAMED TO LONELY PLANET'S "TOP U.S. TRAVEL DESTINATIONS" LIST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Manager, Lana'i Visitors Bureau
LANA'I, Hawai'i - The only Hawaiian Island named a "Top U.S. Destination" by Lonely Planet, the tiny Island of Lana'i proudly ranks 10th on the coveted list. "Our island is truly worlds away from the crowds and hustle of everyday life," said Charity Texeira, manager, Lana'i Visitors Bureau. "We are honored to receive this designation, which truly belongs to our industry partners and nearly 3,000 residents who share their special brand of hometown ho'okipa (warm welcome) with each and every guest."
According to Lonely Planet, "This unique speck of paradise boasts empty beaches, snorkeling and diving, shipwrecks, petroglyphs, otherworldly rock formations, red-dirt roads, rugged hiking (or 4WD) trails, and one of our favorite poke (raw fish salad) markets in the state. Lana'i's candy-colored plantation-style homes and teeny town center - yes, there's only one town - offer a sense of isolation and small-island charm. It's also about to undergo some serious change - and many say for the better."
The editors continued, "The smallest of the visitable Hawaiian Islands is currently a mix of Hawaiian and Asian cultures, ritzy pools and rugged shores, and luxury and down-home travel experiences." Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison purchased 98% of Lana'i which he hopes to develop in to "'a laboratory for sustainability' - and parts will still be accessible to budget-minded travelers, even if only by day-trip from Maui," Lonely Planet reported. The entire list can be found at online at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/top-us-destinations-2014.
On Lana'i, you can wrap yourself in the elegance and amenities of two exquisite Four Seasons resorts. Unwind at the historic Hotel Lanai in charming Lanai City. Relax and rejuvenate in the peaceful seclusion that has earned Lana'i the name, "Hawai'i's Most Enticing Island." For golfers, two high-caliber golf courses make Lana'i a mandatory stop. And for explorers, enthralling sights like the lunar landscapes of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) and the iconic Pu'upehe (Sweetheart Rock) are distinctly unique to the island. It's true that Lana'i isn't for everybody. And that's exactly why so many fall in love with it.
The Lana'i Visitors Bureau is a subsidiary of the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau and Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau. HVCB is contracted by the Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawai'i's tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawai'i tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawai'i's economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires and visitor industry needs. For visitor information, please call 1-800-947-4774 or go to www.visitlanai.net.
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