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Koele Lodge and Lanai Ranch Experience
Koele lies in the heart of Lanai - the luxuriant, verdant hinterland. The name Koele is said to be derived from the damp cloud that descended from the gorges. It was a wealthy grassy country that was considered ideal for breeding lambs, which supplied Honolulu and other Isles with lamb and later with beef from around 1850 to 1951.
Until 1900 there were about 800 cows on Lanai, and more than 20,000 flocks were grazing on the island. Flocks of ewes and caprines helped to cause fast logging and a significant decrease in the indigenous populations of the island and were gradually reduced in favor of livestock and horse.
Lanai Farm was based in Koele and comprised more than 30 apartments, a shop, office, a one-room schoolhouse and outbuildings. Munro, a New Zealand based pro rank executive with a background in the Hawaii Islands, has a keen interest in the natural world and in top managerial practice.
He therefore focused on two aspects: He led the ranching operation and also incorporated nature protection activities into his work. As he lived in the home, Munro realized the importance of the cloud and mist that seeped down from Lanai Hale, the highest point on Lanai, as a source of precious dripping mist.
Consequently, he began to plant pine trees (Araucaria columnaris) on the other side of Cook Island to re-establish the island's water divide. The pine trees of the Cook Island on the top of Lanai Hale are thought to produce enough mist to produce almost 500 centimeters of raindrop.
By 1922 James Dole's Hawaiian bought the Hawaiian Pinepple Company, Ltd. land and the ranch had more than 5,000 cows. Hawaiian Pine Apple Company (HAPCo.) ran the Lanai farm and also vacated the land around the Palawai Basin and the pinapple growing town, for which the island later became a byword.
Until 1951, only 2,500 cows remained on the 19,000 hectares large farm and the farms were shut down to mitigate the effects of the island's degradation and concentrate on growing pineapples, thus ending 100 years of livestock farming on Lanai. Nowadays, visitors can take a look at this time by visiting the stables of Koele, where they offer riding for all age groups from woody mounds over the Paniolo path to adrenalin-packed UTV trips through the iron-wood forests and field tracks.