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June 25, 2012

Think About It: Lanai Life

On your first day in Lanai City, you are impressed by the cooler mountain air and wonderful fir trees all around. By your second day walking around town, everyone is already waving to you. And that's just a small part of the charm that makes Lanai such a special place. How much the island will change with the assumed purchase of the island by Oracle boss Larry Ellison remains to be seen, of course.

Castle & Cooke said in a statement that the buyer "anticipates making substantial investments in Lanai and is looking forward to partnering with the people of Lanai to chart the island's future." This would be the best possible scenario- a sincere effort to dig deep into the wishes of the stakeholders, while at the same time looking forward to ensure a future for the next generation of Lanai locals and those who may wish to settle there. For on an island with limited resources and a limited population but also one filled with unlimited beauty and charm, the question of "what's next?" is surely front and center downtown at the Blue Ginger Café or Canoe's.

And if Castle & Cooke could not figure out how to make things work out on a profitable basis with world class hotels replacing pineapple fields, what does the oracle of Oracle have in mind with his latest real estate acquisition? Of course, when your net worth is estimated at $35-billion, maybe making big profits on a quaint island is not foremost in your plans. Also, will David Murdock continue unabated in his quest to build a wind farm on the island? Life on Lanai is about to change, again, and one can only hope that the new Lanai retains some of the many charms of the old Lanai while also providing for a productive and positive future for its citizens. Think about it…

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