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JUL-AUG 2018

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center, followed by a shower using the resort's exclusive Āina bath amenities, which incorporate kukui nut oil grown on nearby Alberta's Farm, and I was ready to seize the day. The AAA Five Diamond Four Seasons Resort Lāna'i is comprised of 213 guest rooms and suites, each averaging an impressive 700-square-feet. Found in both public and private spaces is original art culled from Polynesia, Micronesia and Hawaii. e open corridors on each of the floors meander through lush vegetation with seating areas and composed vignettes at the stairwells and elevator banks. At the ground level are water features, koi ponds and tropical birds; don't be alarmed if one of the latter says "hello there" as you amble by. If you're lucky, you'll encounter Bruno Amby, a Lāna'i elder and local legend who serves as the resort's avian expert, caring for the rescued tropical birds as part of a partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society. Each day the resort offers a full schedule of activities, both on property and off, allowing vacationers to assemble an itinerary as packed or lax as they choose. On my first morning, a band of pink was just becoming discernible on the horizon as I made my way to the lobby, where I spied a group headed off for what I thought was morning yoga on the beach, but to my great delight it was a hike to "Sweetheart Rock," one of Lāna'i's most recognizable landmarks. Breaking off from the pack, I made my way to the top of a lava rock outcropping in time to watch one of the most jaw- dropping sunrises I've ever been privy to. I was so enraptured by the spectacle that I didn't realize that in my haste to claim a prime position on the rock, my legs were dangling nearly 100- feet above the shore break, something my fear of heights would never let me do under normal circumstances. Once the sun was up and the spell broken, I carefully scooted back from the edge, still awestruck from what I'd just witnessed. Taking the short hike is an experience I can't recommend highly enough at least once during your stay. slmag.net 61

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