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Planning a trip to Lanai or Molokai?

Here's help if you're planning to explore Lanai or Molokai as we outline on pages 68 through 73. Don't lose hope if your travel agent is unable to book space for you. Accommodations, especially on Lanai, are limited. But both islands are small and informal; by calling directly and investing some time, you may be able to discover alternatives the agent can't. Visiting Lanai, the "pineapple island" Hawaiian Air flies DC-9s and turboprop Dash-7s linking Lanai with Oahu, Molokai, and Maui several times a week, These flights are often filled well in advance. Air Molokai and Aloba IslandAir offer more frequent service. If you want to make a day trip, flight schedules would let you stay up to 10 hours.

Lanai Airport is an asphalt strip in the pineapple fields about 4 miles southwest of Lanai City The one-room terminal has no shops, car rental booths, or lockers. Taxi service is available. Two service stations, Oshiro Service and U-Drive (565-6952) and Lanai City Service (565-7227), rent 25 four-wheeldrives and jeeps, as well as cars; make arrangements with either before you leave home. Four-wheel-drives cost $65 to $85 per day Either station will shuttle you to and from the airport ($5 round trip); call when you arrive. Simple Hawaiiana, the Hotel Lanai is a long enclosed veranda with two wings. The 11 rooms are clean and simple; none have telephones or televisions. There is no swimming pool. Rates are $51 single, $58 double, and $65 triple. For required reservations, write to Hotel Lanai, Box A-119, Lanai City, Hawaii 96763, or call (800) 624-8849. An additional hotel is expected to open by this summer, another by 1991.

Visiting Molokai, the "friendly isle"

Hawaiian Air, Aloha IslandAir, and Air Molokai offer service several times daily to Molokai from Honolulu and Maui. Flights are less frequent, but at least daily, between Molokai and Lanai. Molokai's airport is in Hoolehua-8 miles northwest of Kaunakakai, the main town. At the airport are four car-rental booths Avis, Budget, Dollar, and Tropical. Rates are $25 to $49 for a compact car. You'll pay a $25 cleaning fee if you drive on dirt roads. There are very few four-wheel-drives for rent, and you can't reserve them; ask when you arrive.

Near Kaunakakai, on the ocean side of Highway 450, you have several lodging choices. The first one you'll come to heading east out of town is the clean and simple Pau Hana Inn. Rates are $39 to $80. For reservations, write to Pau Hana Inn, Box 860, Kaunakakai 96748; or call (808) 553-5342. Don't miss the hotel's Banyan Terrace-the local hot spot-for dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.

Just east of the Pau Hana, Molokai Shores is a relatively new complex of condominiums with full kitchens, large living rooms, and separate bedrooms. Rates are $68 to $99. Write to The Hawaiian Islands Resorts, Box 212, Honolulu 96810; or call (800) 367-7042.

Built to resemble a Polynesian village, the Hotel Molokai's shingled, sway-backed buildings are hard to miss. Each of its 55 cottage studios features a Lanai with swing. Room rates are $55 to $95. Write to Hotel Molokai, Box 546, Kaunakakai 96748, or call (800) 367-8047, ext. MKK. About 13 miles east of town, Wavecrest Resort Condominiums stand on 5 welltended acres. Rates are $56 to $91, with a three-night minimum. Write or call Wavecrest Resort, Star Route, Kaunakakai 96748; (800) 367-2980.

Part of the west end of the island is the Kaluakoi Hotel and Golf Club, which has 292 rooms and all the activities you'd expect of a resort. Rates are $79 to $185. Write to Kaluakoi Hotel and Golf Club, Box 1977, Maunaloa 96770, or call (800) 367-6046.

Next door to the resort are the furnished Ke Nani Kai condominiums. Rates are $75 to $125. Write or call Aston Hotels & Resorts, 2255 Kuhio Ave., Suite 1800, Honolulu 96815; (800) 922-7866. Paniolo Hale condominiums offer a hot tub and enclosed Lanai with each two-bedroom unit. Rates are $75 to $155. Write to Box 146, Maunaloa 96770; (800) 367-2984.

You'll need maps on your explorations

Plan to take maps, food, and water with you. Buy the easy-to-find $3 University of Hawaii Press Reference Map to the Islands of Lanai and Molokai. Topographical maps can be very helpful, too (most others don't provide enough detail). The USGS has two for each island ($4 each): Lanai North and Lanai South; Molokai East and Molokai West. Order by mail; we didn't see them anywhere in the Islands. Write to Branch of Distribution, USGS, Box 25286, Federal Center, Denver 80225; or call (303) 236-7477.
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