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Title: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 03, 2012, 08:21:20 PM
Has anyone ever done the sea cliffs of Molakai?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 05, 2012, 09:40:12 PM
Any DDF'ers been to any of these islands?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 25, 2013, 10:33:05 PM
Amazing, simply amazing.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324798904578529682230185530.html

Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on June 25, 2013, 10:55:45 PM
Amazing, simply amazing.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324798904578529682230185530.html
that really is amazing
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 25, 2013, 11:34:56 PM
Individual hut on a pristine Lanai beach? Yes please!
Anyone care to venture what he'll charge per night?

If I was a billionaire I'd drop $300MM for a Hawaiian island without batting an eyelash :D
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on June 25, 2013, 11:59:56 PM
Wow such a cool story.
Title: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Elgnt on January 04, 2014, 11:55:55 PM
Has anyone ever been to molokai or lanai?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 05, 2014, 02:15:50 AM
I'm planning on going to lny next month. Hope to post details
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2014, 09:50:45 AM
Where are you staying? How long?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 05, 2014, 04:50:52 PM
probably going to stay at the 4 seasons lodge. Not many options that I can find even on homeaway or vrbo. staying for 3 days
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2014, 06:23:41 PM
Really tempted to do a day trip to Molokai...can't believe we have no TRs on it.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on January 13, 2014, 06:26:57 PM
Really tempted to do a day trip to Molokai...can't believe we have no TRs on it.
Molokai over kalalau trail? I hear the water falls and rivers are even more amazing in the winter albeit harder to cross.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2014, 06:00:33 PM
Almost made it onto Niihau. Man plans and gd laughs.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 04, 2014, 04:18:14 PM
Almost made it onto Niihau. Man plans and gd laughs.
How'd you almost pull that off. I thought if you make it on there based on Kauai Revealed some gargatuan sized local Kindly asks you to leave.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 04, 2014, 04:57:45 PM
My plans got messed up and now I wont be in Hawaii for as long so only have a Sunday-Tuesday free so might hit up MKK will keep you posted
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 12, 2014, 12:39:44 AM
Amazing, simply amazing.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324798904578529682230185530.html

Looks like he's done it again:
http://m.bizjournals.com/pacific/blog/morning_call/2013/01/newspaper-oracle-ceo-larry-ellison.html?ana=e_lulu_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2013-01-18&r=full
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 12:13:42 AM
Just booked flights to Lanai - I'll be flying over for one day during my Maui trip in August.

Has anyone here been and has some ideas or suggestions? So far I've booked a jeep by Adventure Lanai (http://www.adventurelanai.com/) - they'll meet be at the airport with a fully stocked Wrangler - ice chest, beach chairs, maps, etc. I would want to do the Munro Trail, but there have been some reports that it's been permanently closed to motorized vehicles. I also plan on going to the Garden of the Gods and Shipwreck Beach, maybe Sweetheart Rock.

Anyone have some other off-road trails or beaches to recommend? Hulopoe Beach is supposedly not safe for swimming in the summer.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 14, 2014, 07:00:32 PM
Pretty amazing deal for the two Four Seasons on Lanai.

http://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/hawaii/Getaway/125362?utm_source=localdeal_us&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1803743_html_northern-california_deal%3a125362&utm_content=1803743&tz_adid=1803743

HT FTG
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 21, 2014, 01:21:37 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3898/14983637941_5949c38fc0_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/1BJ9h1)

I have found paradise and it is Lanai.

Kauai, the Big Island, and Hana could all take back seat.

Trip report coming soon...
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on October 08, 2014, 02:57:19 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3898/14983637941_5949c38fc0_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/1BJ9h1)

I have found paradise and it is Lanai.

Kauai, the Big Island, and Hana could all take back seat.

Trip report coming soon...
Looking forward!
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 20, 2014, 04:32:41 PM
Don't leave us hanging :D
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 20, 2014, 05:10:53 PM
It'll be part of my Maui TR, which I'm working on now. I have mountains of pictures to go through...
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 21, 2014, 06:08:07 AM
It'll be part of my Maui TR, which I'm working on now. I have mountains of pictures to go through...
No doubt  :)
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 24, 2014, 10:17:03 PM
Almost made it onto Niihau. Man plans and gd laughs.

Is this how you were planning on doing it?

http://65.61.16.97/Niihau/Tours.asp
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 19, 2015, 02:18:21 AM
My Lanai Trip Report (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46759.msg1034359#msg1034359)
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 19, 2016, 10:50:50 AM
I thought I'd necro this thread.

I have a Niihau helicopter landing tour scheduled for 12/29/16.

Also, just booked 5 nights at the Four Seasons Manele Bay in Aug. 2017.

@Something Fishy. ..thank you for the awesome TR.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 19, 2016, 10:51:48 AM
Awesome! And you're welcome.

How much was the 4S?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 19, 2016, 10:56:53 AM
Awesome! And you're welcome.

How much was the 4S?
Booked through Amex FH&R. $1750/night for Premium Oceanfront room. 5th night free. $200/Resort Activity credits a day. One $100 spa credit. Free breakfast for 2 daily. 4pm guaranteed late checkout and upgrades if available. About $8k paid on Amex Biz Pt so 1.5 points.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 19, 2016, 11:00:49 AM
Booked through Amex FH&R. $1750/night for Premium Oceanfront room. 5th night free. $200/Resort Activity credits a day. One $100 spa credit. Free breakfast for 2 daily. 4pm guaranteed late checkout and upgrades if available. About $8k paid on Amex Biz Pt so 1.5 points.

Whelp!

Make sure to get your money's worth by marinating on that beach ;D. Pure heaven.

Make sure to rent a jeep as well to explore the Island's trails and tracks.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on December 19, 2016, 11:01:34 AM
Booked through Amex FH&R. $1750/night for Premium Oceanfront room. 5th night free. $200/Resort Activity credits a day. One $100 spa credit. Free breakfast for 2 daily. 4pm guaranteed late checkout and upgrades if available. About $8k paid on Amex Biz Pt so 1.5 points.

Holy Smokes is that pricey!
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 19, 2016, 11:04:42 AM
We have been to a different Hawaiian island 5 times this year and the Cayman Islands.  I have not paid for room or airfare any of those times except for taxes and Resort fees on occasion. We also have five trips for 2017 booked and all are on Miles and points except for the Four Seasons Lanai trip Sometimes though you just gotta pay. At least the airfare is on points.

The jeep with Mickey looks like this ticket. Thank you for the tip.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 19, 2016, 11:06:40 AM
At least there is no resort fee and Kids Club is free which for us saves a lot of money. Our kids love kids club and we enjoy our time as adults being able to have a spa treatment and a fine dinner. Our kids are seven and 4
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 30, 2016, 01:33:15 AM
Made it to Niihau today. TR after we get back. All I can say now is it was the most magical and surreal experience I have ever had. I will be doing this many times again...next time, overnight.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 30, 2016, 02:16:16 AM
Woo hoo! That's a DDF first. Can't wait for the TR!
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on December 30, 2016, 07:31:00 AM
Made it to Niihau today. TR after we get back. All I can say now is it was the most magical and surreal experience I have ever had. I will be doing this many times again...next time, overnight.

You did it via the Heli Tour for a half day trip? Or a different way? If you could share how you went about it, that would be great and appreciated. Some of us are making our way over there fairly soon :)
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 30, 2016, 12:41:17 PM
You did it via the Heli Tour for a half day trip? Or a different way? If you could share how you went about it, that would be great and appreciated. Some of us are making our way over there fairly soon :)
Niihau Helicopters Inc.

Check in at 12:45 p.m. at the office in Kaumakani.

We were greeted by Ua. A young woman born and raised on Niihau, recently married and migrated to Kaumakani. She spoke perfect English but it was such a joy hearing her speak native Hawaiian to one of her relatives.

Realize the the Robinsons own a majority of this side of Kauai around Kaumakani,  Hanapepe, and Kekaha. Approximately 62k acres. Bruce's main estate is here and this is where the people of Niihau often migrate part of the year or semi-permanantly. They have a church on Niihau and one in Kaumakani.

We viewed a jewelry case of the Niihau shell leis and ended up purchasing a few. Ua was the artist for some of the pieces. They are much more affordable there than anywhere else in Hawaii. And I like directly supporting the artists. I purchsed a lei for my self and DD, and my DW got matching lei, bracelet and earrings. It was $250 for mine and $150 for DD. DW's set waa $650. They had pieces in the thousands. They are truly amazing and a very special momentum.

Take-off at 1:30 p.m. from Port Allen Airport about 3 miles from the office.
 
Arrived over the island in about 15 minutes.

Circumnavigated the south end for about 10 minutes and landed on the west side at Nonopapa. We were the first guests at Nonopapa in almost a year.

The usually land on the north end directly across from Lehua, but it was too windy to enjoy.

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Hung out till a bit after 5 p.m.

The waves were too rough to snorkel but you could wade a bit.

But the wind was calm and the temperature perfect. Mostly sunny. Partial clouds so you didn't get baked. No shade trees.

You are allowed to bring alot of gear. Bet a collapsible beach umbrella would be good in summer. I hear it can get hot.

You are encouraged to collect shells. There were millions literally.

The sand was the most comfortable I've ever enjoyed. Its golden, coarse, smooth, soft and not sticky. The sand on the north side is white and fine.

We explored this very long stretch of beach for the majority of time. There were some nice tidepoools, cool albino sand crabs and big black crabs and about 20 monk seals.

We also explored an old sheep farm structute and then the Kiawe tree forest behind us which broke out to a semi-dry lake bed. We saw wild a wild boar while hiking and alot of large animal bones, different scat and numerous different tracks.

They packed us a nice sandwich lunch.

The island gets alot of sea debris unfortunately. The residents have neither the time or manpower to clean it up, nor a disposal site. Nonopapa was rather quite free of debris but I have seen pics of other sites that were truly sad.

When we took off, we toured the rest of the island up the west side to the north and through the center. I was in the back so my pics aren't the best. We can't fly over Puuwai, the main village, but only a half mile to the east. You can see it as well as Bruce Robinson's estate.

From the air we did see alot of widlife. Hundreds of large running and grazing herds.
Wild Polynesian Boar, Hybrid Sheep, Wild Eland, Wild Aoudad (Barbary Sheep) and Wild Oryx.

The Agusta 109A helicopter is 35 years old, well maintained and comfortable. Despite very windy conditions the ride was smooth.

Our pilot was George. We also met the other pilot Dana. Both couldn't have been more personable, warm or knowledgeable. They have been working for Bruce for decades and are some of the few Howleys that actually get to spend alot of time with the residents. They are a wealth of information and willing to answer any questions.

I would suggest you read everything you can on the Internet (including recent news articles on the socio-economic and political issues), watch YouTube videos and get a couple used books off of Amazon. Knowing the history and current events of the island, its people, the Simpsons and Robinsons and it ties with Kauai made the trip more enjoyable.

I only took a few phone pics. The majority are on my good equipment and 4k video camera so I won't share those until after my return but a few phone pics are included below.

If you want to book, be persistent but patient in your communications. Sometimes they were quick to respond, other times not. They are a very loving and giving people.

Everything in the end went timely and right on schedule.

I encourage you to take this rare opportunity. I had a party of 4. I was willing to purchase a 5th seat which is the minimum. Luckily, a couple booked the same time so I didn't have to burn $400. This was that couples 11th trip to Niihau.

Aloha and mahalo for reading.

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After taking a hike, upon our return this monk seal was laying on top of our stuff. I had to shoo him away.

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Look closely. Black butt of wild boar running away.

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Semi-dry lake bed dotted with black lava boulders. They look like tombstones.  It was rather eerie.

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The village in the distance.

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Lehua

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Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2016, 12:55:30 PM
Awesome!
I've tried to make it to Niihau a few times, but they cancel on me every time :(
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 30, 2016, 12:57:04 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161230/73b3389d31b37d28251ae5e40294542b.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161230/77138f5fd280cf91aa042a2009148986.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161230/c7518f7ffa9383180bfaf1442e42b028.jpg)
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on December 30, 2016, 02:50:06 PM
Awesome. So $400 per person with a minimum party of 5?

Did you contact via email or phone?  Best way to be in touch?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 30, 2016, 05:08:58 PM
Awesome. So $400 per person with a minimum party of 5?

Did you contact via email or phone?  Best way to be in touch?
Yes. $385. 5 person minimum.

Both phone and email.




http://www.niihau.us/heli.html (http://www.niihau.us/heli.html)
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on January 07, 2017, 06:18:24 PM
This is my first attempt at using a high-end consumer video camera, first attempt at using editing and publishing software.  So be easy on me.  I had very little time to put this together.

Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 07, 2017, 07:35:40 PM
Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on January 08, 2017, 07:37:31 AM
Made it to Niihau today. TR after we get back. All I can say now is it was the most magical and surreal experience I have ever had. I will be doing this many times again...next time, overnight.
How far in advance did you book?  I called a month in advance, and they were booked solid until about a week after our departure.

Also, are overnights offered?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on January 08, 2017, 10:53:14 AM
How far in advance did you book?  I called a month in advance, and they were booked solid until about a week after our departure.

Also, are overnights offered?
Called 11-15.

Overnight hunting safari tent camping available.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on February 01, 2017, 01:49:07 PM
Got the book "Escape to Molokai" for my kiddo (we were talking about tzaraas vs. leprosy).  I read it, too, found it really interesting.  Putting a mule trip down to Kalaupapa on my bucket list.

https://www.amazon.com/Escape-Molokai-Spike-Brown/dp/1478384336/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485974279&sr=8-1&keywords=escape+to+molokai

https://muleride.com/
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on February 01, 2017, 02:14:57 PM
Amazing pics, and those are just from the phone! Definitely on my bucket list !
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 06, 2017, 02:00:53 AM
Any DDFers been to Molokai yet?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 08, 2017, 11:47:11 AM
Any DDFers been to Molokai yet?
Headed there Dec. 28 to Jan. 4.
Rented this:

http://www.halepapapa.com
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 08, 2017, 11:58:01 AM
Almost went there last month, would love to see a TR!
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 08, 2017, 12:03:15 PM
Almost went there last month, would love to see a TR!
Will do.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 08, 2017, 12:10:16 PM
Headed there Dec. 28 to Jan. 4.
Rented this:

http://www.halepapapa.com

I was gonna say that this sounds like an awfully long time on Molokai, but then I clicked the link... Wow.

You rented the entire place? How much was it?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 08, 2017, 06:10:23 PM
I was gonna say that this sounds like an awfully long time on Molokai, but then I clicked the link... Wow.

You rented the entire place? How much was it?
$5k
This will be a different kind of trip than we've taken before. We have planned absolutely nothing. If we happen to do it great if not no big deal. I'll be happy hanging at the house walking down to the beach and driving around the island and checking things out. We are traveling with our five and seven-year-old children. They are actually looking forward to a more relaxed Hawaiian vacation than what we usually do.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 08, 2017, 10:44:56 PM
$5k
This will be a different kind of trip than we've taken before. We have planned absolutely nothing. If we happen to do it great if not no big deal. I'll be happy hanging at the house walking down to the beach and driving around the island and checking things out. We are traveling with our five and seven-year-old children. They are actually looking forward to a more relaxed Hawaiian vacation than what we usually do.
Looks so nice, enjoy.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 09, 2017, 06:27:52 PM
$5k
This will be a different kind of trip than we've taken before. We have planned absolutely nothing. If we happen to do it great if not no big deal. I'll be happy hanging at the house walking down to the beach and driving around the island and checking things out. We are traveling with our five and seven-year-old children. They are actually looking forward to a more relaxed Hawaiian vacation than what we usually do.

Whelp.

Serious question - if you're not planning on doing anything, can't you find a similar house to this, way closer and way cheaper? Why schlep all the way to Hawaii for that?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 09, 2017, 06:34:04 PM
No Mule ride?
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: sedge on December 11, 2017, 10:51:10 PM
Whelp.

Serious question - if you're not planning on doing anything, can't you find a similar house to this, way closer and way cheaper? Why schlep all the way to Hawaii for that?
Didn't really say we weren't going to do anything. Just not planning anything this time.
No Mule ride?
Not with the kids of their age.
Title: Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 05, 2019, 01:27:47 AM
https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/09/why-molokai-is-the-least-developed-hawaiian-island/