Lana'i: Hawaii's hidden gem

Posted by Staff Writer on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 9:02am.

Although only 9 miles from the Maui’s west coast, traveling to Lana'i is like taking a trip back in time.

The 140-square-mile island has just more than 3,000 residents and no stoplights. The island is predominantly owned by Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, and home to the luxurious Four Seasons Resort and two world-class golf courses the Manele Golf Course and the Koele Golf Course. While some are under the false impression that the island is privately owned, it's entirely possible to purchase a piece of property on Hawaii's hidden gem.

Dozens of picturesque plantation homes are scattered across the island's tropical landscape, reminiscent of the time when pineapple farms covered the entire island. Just recently, Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Greg Sturm finalized a sale of one of those homes, which was owned by a plantation manager since the 1960s.

“I love plantation houses,” said Sturm. “And that’s one of those things this town keeps in tact.”

The tropical home sits on a quiet corner lot, looking over Lana'i town. The home was renovated with double-walled construction, and offered move in ready. With a spacious floor plan and free-standing fireplace, it's the perfect place to spend a cozy evening on a breezy Lana'i night.

“To me, that little house is priceless,” said Sturm, who’s lived on Lana’i for the last 14 years. “That’s just a cute house, period.”

But there are dozens of other homes perfect for those looking for a quiet, small-town atmosphere, Sturm said. Homes on Lanai often range from $350,000 to $900,000 in value, and can be more affordable than the other Hawaiian Islands. Only 30 miles of Lana’i’s roads are paved, where there is the feeling that the community is safe, and everybody is watching out for you, said Sturm.

“It’s so very safe and quiet and peaceful,” said Sturm. “It’s really the community that makes it what it is.”

While residents have the peace and tranquility that comes with a tight-knit town, they also have access to a newly constructed theatre, championship golf courses and fine dining. Explore the island's outdoors by off-roading, hunting, snorkeling or swimming with dolphins off the island's coast.

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