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Aqua Hotels & Resorts to Manage the Unique and Historic
Hotel Lanai Located in Lana'i City, Hawaii

WAIKIKI BEACH, Hawaii – April 19, 2010 - Aqua Hotels & Resorts (, a full-service Hawaii hotel management company, announced the addition of Hotel Lanai, effective May 1, 2010.

“As Hawaii’s growth leader, we’re pleased to welcome Hotel Lanai to our selection of hotels and resorts,” said Ben Rafter, Aqua’s President and CEO. “In the previous 12 months, Aqua nearly doubled its statewide inventory and adding a distinctive hotel that’s steeped in Lanai’s history is a great addition for us and our guests.” 

“Along with Hotel Molokai and Hotel Wailea Maui, the addition of Hotel Lanai distinguishes Aqua as the only hotel company with properties on each of the three islands making up Maui County,” said Elizabeth Churchill, Aqua’s VP Sales & Marketing. “The island of Lanai offers travelers a wide range of unique experiences and we’re thrilled to offer Hotel Lanai to visitors seeking out this island.”

“We’re elated to be working with Aqua Hotels,” said Mary Charles, Hotel Lanai owner.  “It’s just so fitting to have a kamaaina company looking out for our best interests at this wonderfully historic hotel.”

“I have fond memories of spending nights at the hotel when I traveled to Lanai to meet with Dole management years ago,” indicated Bill Henderson, Aqua’s VP of Development.  “I was glad to see the hotel continues to retain the family-like ambiance and charm that it had back then but also offers modern conveniences travelers have become accustomed to having today.  Hotel Lanai provides a nice balance to the accommodations and dining options currently available on this island.”

Hotel Lana'i History

Erected in 1923, Hotel Lana'i was constructed by pineapple pioneer James D. Dole as a retreat for his executives and important guests to dine merrily and sleep soundly. With 10 guestrooms and an adjacent caretaker cottage, Hotel Lana'i existed as the first hotel on the Island of Lana'i and for some time, it was the place where every early 20th century traveler resided.  Centrally located in Lana'i City, the Hotel soon became a gathering place for visitors and locals alike to engage in important meetings, social happenings or dine and “talk story”. 

Today, Hotel Lana'i rests in the heart of Lana'i City as historic gem.  Sitting at an elevation of 1,700 feet and nestled amidst Norfolk Pines, this upcountry plantation-style abode wholeheartedly illuminates the preeminent attributes of the past while imparting the comforts of modern day.  The Hotel is a magnet for guests in pursuit of that picture perfect “vintage Hawaii postcard” experience. 

Hotel Lana'i (808) 565-7211 | 828 Lana'i Avenue| P.O. Box 630613, Lana'i City, Hawaii

The hotel’s unique plantation heritage is still evident in the furnishings and décor of the guest rooms and adjacent cottage.  Each room has its own personality which includes a beautiful Hawaiian quilt, artwork by Lanai artists, hardwood flooring, ceiling fan and private bathroom. 

RESTAURANT:  Lanai City Grille
Chef Bev Gannon, one of the founding members of “Hawaii Regional Cuisine”, designed the menu for Lanai City Grille, the in-house restaurant which offers the freshest locally caught seafood, prime meats and the restaurant’s signature rotisserie chicken.  Lanai City Grille offers a rustic ambiance with fireplace and is open from 5 – 9 pm from Wednesday to Sunday.


• Unique lodging experience
• Complimentary continental breakfast available daily in the lobby
• Evening turn-down upon request
• Complimentary beach towels
• Refrigerator in every room
• WiFi throughout the hotel
• Award-winning Pacific-fusion cuisine served in the on-site restaurant
• “Friday Under the Stars”, live music every Friday evening by local musicians
• Boutique gallery featuring locally-made art, jewelry and gifts
• Hiking, golf, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, horseback riding, sporting clay-shooting, helicopter rides, deep-sea fishing and more
• Munroe Trail (16 miles by foot, bicycle and 4-wheel drive)
• Hulopoe Beach (marine sanctuary)
• Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach)
• Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods)
• Kanepuu Preserve (dryland forest)
In 1922 James D. Dole purchased the island of Lanai for 1.1 million dollars to grow pineapples and at its peak, Lanai produced 75 percent of the world’s pineapples.  Once called the “Pineapple Island”, today only about 100 acres are devoted to pineapple growing.

Now called the “Enticing Island”, Lanai is 141 square miles (13 miles wide by 18 miles long) and home to an estimated 3,000 full time residents.  Located nine miles off Maui’s west coast, it has just 29 miles of paved roads, a single gas station (but no stoplight) and miles upon miles of untouched, unspoiled valleys and beaches for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy.

About Aqua Hotels & Resorts
Aqua Hotels & Resorts is a full-service management company founded in 2001 by Hawaii hotelier Mike Paulin.  The company provides independent hoteliers and individual owners with full-service administration including revenue management, Internet distribution, sales, reservations, as well as individualized and brand advertising and marketing for maximum profitability. Aqua Hotels & Resorts has been included in the ‘Fastest 50’ growing Hawaii Company list by Pacific Business News since 2007. Headquartered in Waikiki, Aqua became Hawaii’s first employee-owned hotel company in 2008 when it executed an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.  For more information on the company and individual hotels, visit or call 1-808-943-9291.


Sandi Yara
Phone:  808-221-2759



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