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Oahu Boy Scouts Experience Lanai

A team of Boy Scouts and Scout leaders from Oahu spent five days on Lanai in July, camping, volunteering, and experiencing some of the island’s most beautiful and treasured spots. This trip was special for Boy Scout Troop 137 out of Pearl City because it was everyone’s first time setting foot on Lanai. Church members […]

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Lanai Special Olympics Athletes Stroke to Victory

Shane “Kalei” Hanog, Trevor Sarme and Jared Sugiyama were serving as recreational assistants at the Lanai Community Pool when they were approached by their manager, MaryLou Kaukeano, with an important assignment: they were asked to coach Lanai’s Special Olympics swim team. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics Hawaii aims to provide training and athletic competition in a variety […]

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Giving back through volunteering: Part 1

After retiring from their jobs on Oahu, Debbie Wheeler and her husband, Alan Calhoun, moved out to Lanai for a more serene lifestyle away from the crowds and hustle of Honolulu. Although the pace on Lanai is slower, they both manage to stay very active in the community and have found many ways to give […]

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For the Love of Limu

Kupuna may remember a time when the Maunalei shoreline flourished with limu, an edible seaweed. But over the years, runoff from streams brought a fine-grained soil called silt to the ocean. The silt caused an unsuitable floor, making it difficult for limu to attach and grow. Working with the nonprofit Kuaaina Ulu Auamo (KUA), volunteers […]

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2019 Pineapple Festival is Back

Every year the beloved Pineapple Festival celebrates Lanai’s culture, music, community and the island’s pineapple past. The 2019 celebration is packed with a mix of activities and entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. Come down to Dole Park and join the fun on Saturday, July 6, from noon to 9 p.m. Dazzling Car Show Cars of […]

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A Floating Classroom: Hokulea Returns to Lanai

LHES Hawaiian studies coordinator Simon Tajiri vividly remembers the sound of oli and pu welcoming Hokulea and sister canoe Hikianalia into misty Manele Bay in 2013. From there, the voyaging canoe embarked on its worldwide voyage, sailing over 40,000 nautical miles in 3 years, traveling to 23 countries and more than 150 ports to engage […]

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Naighel Calderon Inducted into HHSAA Hall of Honor

Each year, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) selects 12 student-athletes for induction into the Hall of Honor. For the first time in the award’s 37-year history, Lanai was represented on stage. Naighel Calderon is one of three neighbor island students who will be joining the Hall of Honor this year. An accomplished athlete, […]

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It’s time to prepare for hurricane season

Last September, Hurricane Olivia barreled toward the Hawaiian Islands and made landfall on Maui and Lanai as a tropical storm. Although not a hurricane at the time of impact, Olivia still brought heavy rains and strong winds causing more than $25 million in damage statewide. During hurricane season, which spans June through November, four to […]

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Families Helping Families: Foster Care on Lanai

Even in a tight-knit community like Lanai, home environments may become unsafe or unstable for children. In these unfortunate situations, licensed foster parents step in to provide temporary care. Also known as family resource caregivers, foster families not only offer a secure place to live but also offer support and comfort to kids in need. […]

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Nonprofit improving kupuna care on Lanai

If you frequent the Lanai Senior Center, chances are you’ve received a free blood pressure test from a Lanai Kinaole nurse. Offering complimentary health screenings in a convenient, community-centered location is just one way the new nonprofit is serving the island’s kupuna. Program Administrator Val Janikowski launched Lanai Kinaole in December 2018. The team, comprised […]

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