HB 024: Life on the Island of Lanai, Hawaii – a Conversation With Anela Evans Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner
| Bryan Murphy Feb 7, 2020 | On this episode of Hawaii’s Best, our host Bryan Murphy sits down to chat with Anela Evans, a cultural practitioner from the island of Lanai. Anela discusses her work of cultural preservation at the Four Seasons, where she invites tourists to learn all about Lanai’s history and how to best respect its culture. Bryan and Anela discuss how Lanai, with the population of around 3,100 people, has been ecologically devastated throughout its history and how through her efforts of conservation, Anela has been able to share its culture and beauty with others who are willing to embrace it. She lets us know the most important thing an individual can do when visiting the Hawaiian archipelago, is to take a posture of receiving. In this way, our cultural practitioner notes, guests are able to receive an experience that is authentic, local, and can be in many ways the unexpected detour that many of its visitors long for but cannot plan. Anela brings insightfulness and warmth to cultural preservation that is a breath of fresh air to the tourism industry and welcome addition to the Hawaiian spirit of aloha. So join us on this episode to learn what really is at the heart of a Hawaiian experience and how its culture can be preserved for future generations to enjoy. In This Episode Growing up on Lanai [4:55] A day on Lanai [6:!5] A desolate island [9:56] Hopes for guests [14:26] Future of tourism [16:20] Taking Hawaii home [19:45] Visiting Hawaii for the first time [26:05] Final Thoughts [31:12]
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Aloha! I’m Bryan, and I head up the direction of Hawaii’s Best. Our passion is to help highlight the best of Hawaii while preparing and educating people from all over the world who are coming to Hawaii for a visit.
My wife and I were lucky enough to to have a day trip to Lanai in 2018 and we were the only two people on the tour with a gentleman names Garret who was born and raised on Lanai. What a wonderful insight and a beautiful island. Totally unlike the rest of Hawaii. Loved it and more so, learning even more about the Hawaiian culture. Thank you .
Mahalo for sharing! Such a special place