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April 2, 1990 | SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Elaine Kaopuiki, the luxury hotel that opened Sunday on her beloved island of Lanai goes a step too far. "I have to buy hosieries to go up there!" she says indignantly. "And our men have to wear coats! Who owns coats on this island?" Pink hibiscus blossoms in her hair shimmer as she shakes her head. To this staunchly rural Hawaiian island, long a holdout from tourism, the opening of the 103-room Lodge at Koele is the first step in a transformation.
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April 2, 1990 | SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Elaine Kaopuiki, the luxury hotel that opened Sunday on her beloved island of Lanai goes a step too far. "I have to buy hosieries to go up there!" she says indignantly. "And our men have to wear coats! Who owns coats on this island?" Pink hibiscus blossoms in her hair shimmer as she shakes her head. To this staunchly rural Hawaiian island, long a holdout from tourism, the opening of the 103-room Lodge at Koele is the first step in a transformation.
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