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On Lanai: Restoring the land, preserving the past

Andrew Gomes
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Lanai hotel workers have been redeployed to protect native flora. A crew pulls up molasses grass that is choking out endangered kookoolau plants on the side of a gulch below highlandfields where pineapple once grew.

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A room for table games in the Lodge at Koele serves as a massage training classroom forLanai hotel employees learning a new trade while the Four Seasons hotels are closed. Bobbie Werre, a hotel bartender, practices pohaku lomi on a fellow student.

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A crew of hotel workers restores a historic Native Hawaiian dryland agricultural complex.