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Lanai hotel temporarily closing to public in January

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One of Lanai’s two Four Seasons hotels will close next year to vacationers and ease pressure on the island’s tight housing supply as scores of construction workers carry out development plans for the island’s billionaire owner Larry Ellison.

Ellison’s management company Pulama Lana’i plans to exclusively house workers in the 102-room Four Seasons Lodge at Koele starting in January.

The move will help finish renovation work on the 217-room Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay more quickly.

Renovations on one wing of the Manele Bay hotel containing half the rooms are scheduled to be finished this month. Work on the second wing is slated to begin in January.

During the work on the second wing, the Lodge at Koele will be dedicated to the transformation team, Pulama Lanai said.

Pulama Lanai also intends to rework parts of the Manele hotel, including adding spa rooms, a multi-room luxury suite and pool renovations while workers are housed in rooms.

The Koele hotel is projected to reopen to the public in late 2015.

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