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JUL-AUG 2018

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Poolside is Malibu Farm, an outpost of the famed California farm-to-table restaurant, which serves excellent salads and grilled local fish, complemented by a refreshing cocktail lineup. VIEWS, located at the Manele Golf Course, is perfect for an après golf lunch or libation. Like its name implies, the open-air Sports Bar & Grill serves upscale bar fare along with sports programming and a variety of table and pub games. Just 3,200 people live on Lāna'i, most of them clustered in the vicinity of quaint Lāna'i City, not even a one stoplight town. On-site Jeep rentals through the resort's Adventure Desk makes it easy to go exploring, with Garden of the Gods being a top destination, as it is only accessible by 4WD. Not a garden in the typical sense, but rather a vast expanse of red lava formations on the northern side of the island, Hawaiian legend says that the curious arrangements were created by the gods who dropped them to earth while tending to their own celestial plots. With the majority of the island under private ownership, each of the offsite excursions is operated to the same exacting standards as the resort itself, with the facilities to match. A state-of-the-art 14-station shooting center and archery area offers expert, yet laid-back instructors; guided off-road Polaris tours through the island's varied terrain are led by locals who share the island's history and lore; fishing, snorkel and sunset sails depart from the nearby marina with crew possessing an intimate knowledge of the ideal spots for each activity; the Lanai Ranch at Koele offers traditional trail riding experiences as well as sunset Zen horse yoga. From flight lessons to deep sea diving, you certainly will never be at a loss for things to do! Hard as it was to leave this slice of paradise, I was pleased to find that even the journey home had a Four Seasons' touch: a lounge for guests in the Honolulu International Airport offers a comfortable space to wait for your connecting flight both coming and going. Aloha, a hui hou! sl For more information or reservations, visit fourseasons.com/lanai/. 64 slmag.net Malibu Farm restaurant Lāna'i elder Bruno Amby is the resort's avian expert. Garden of the Gods Sweetheart Rock at sunrise.

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