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Paradise Island

Lanai offers a Hawaiian experience replete with luxury resorts and unspoiled vistas
Harvey Steiman
From the Print Edition:
Dennis Hopper, Jan/Feb 01

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Sportfishermen can find tuna, swordfish and marlin on deep-sea expeditions that leave from the marina next to Manele Bay. Hunters can seek axis deer, mouflon sheep, pheasant and grouse. There are miles of horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking trails. But the most unusual and habit-forming pursuit might well be shooting a shotgun at Lanai Pine Sporting Clays, one of the most highly regarded shooting ranges in the world.

Sporting clays are not to be confused with skeet or trapshooting. In this sport, the clay targets are flung from different directions, at different angles, or rolled along the ground to mimic the actions of actual birds. Different stations in the course use foliage and topography to mimic the birds' typical environments. With the help of a witty ex-Marine instructor, I spent an exhilarating hour firing a Winchester rifle at various targets in an introductory area fitted out with a dozen different clay-disk flingers. Doing a round of the shooting stations has been called golf with a shotgun. In Lanai's wooded hills, it is a great way to spend a few hours.

Day trips to the island are possible on one of five daily ferry trips from Lahaina (on Maui), including a dawn special that gets golfers to early tee times. The ferry lands at the marina, which is adjacent to but not visible from the Manele Bay Hotel. Snorkeling, whale watching and fishing trips from Maui also approach the island, but do not land. Regularly scheduled flights on Island Air and Hawaiian Airlines connect Lanai with Honolulu.

After all-day jostling around the island in a Jeep, I arrived at Manele Bay ready for relaxation. Checking in at the spa, I floated in the swimming pool and shed the rest of my jangles with a massage in a small tent open to the ocean. Then I got cleaned up and nibbled hors d'oeuvres at a reception for pianist Jeffrey Kahane, who had just arrived on the island to play a concert at the Lodge, part of a year-round series of visiting actors, authors, musicians and chefs. That's what Lanai can do -- transform a body from the bumpy roads of modern life and feed it with something for all the senses.

Harvey Steiman is the editor at large for Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado's sister publication.

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