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On Lanai: Restoring the land, preserving the past

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    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.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    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.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

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

Washing cars, trimming hedges and picking macadamia nuts weren’t part of the job description when Gina Enzweiler became the floral director for luxury hotel operator Four Seasons on Lanai. But she’s getting paid for such work this year. Read more

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