Doing real estate from anywhere, even the Island of Lanai, Hawaii

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Elizabeth Weintraub and Hella Rothwell at Four Seasons Lanai Hawaii


To set the stage for my birthday adventure yesterday, I was meeting up on the Island of Lanai with Elizabeth Weintraub who is the top listing broker in Sacramento. I, of course, am a real estate broker in both California and Hawaii. She was coming from the Island of Maui via ferry while I was coming via small prop plane from the island of Oahu (Honolulu).

How small is the island of Lanai? Let me tell you the ways.

Island of Lanai Hawaii Airport

When I got to the airport on Lanai, there is no cab stand! The cab company sends someone out from Lanai City, a respectable distance from the airport. The next available cab (and seemingly only one) could be there within 1/2 an hour. And it would cost me a flat $10 (a per person rate) to get to the 5-Star Four Seasons Lanai.

When I asked if there was a shuttle to the Four Seasons where I was to meet Elizabeth, they regretfully told me that since I was not checking into the hotel, they could not take me. "Not even if I'm a lunch guest?" Sorry, no can do. OK, no free shuttle to the Four Seasons.

How do I go about renting a car, I asked? Is there a shuttle to the car rental company - which obviously wasn't at the airport. That sounded just as complicated. Don't ask.

So I made my first big decision on Lanai: I waited for the cab to come get me.


Rick, the cab driver (and with whom we were to take several trips during the day peeling off $10 a pop plus tip) drove me to the ferry landing to pick up Elizabeth, and then to the Four Seasons down the street.

Elizabeth Weintraub disembarking ferry from Maui to Lanai Hawaii

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents had a great crossing from Maui and was hot to trot to show me around the Four Seasons and its beautiful surrounding. You see, she had stayed there a couple of years or so ago and was up for the challenge.


The island of Lanai is a peaceful place. You would think that it would be filled with tourists at this time of the year (like Maui is and which is driving Elizabeth crazy) and Oahu/Honolulu/Waikiki Beach where it's "tourist gridlock". Everyone is seemingly getting away from the harsh winter on the mainland to be on those two islands.


Lanai is absolutely heavenly.

Elizabeth invited me to a fabulous birthday lunch (yes, my birthday is on January 15th) at the golf course where we sat for probably two hours just yakking away about nothing and everything, about her vacation house on the Big Island of Hawaii (that's how the two of us officially met, when I was her Hawaii real estate broker to purchase it exactly a year ago), to talking about our business (oh, yes, it was also a "business lunch"). We even talked about some of you Activerainers and how we learn from each other.

And we talked about coming back to this magical island with nary a tourist.

Then we hailed Rick, the cabdriver, to take us to Lanai City. You guessed it, this was not as easy as it sounded. We shared the cab with some other people going to the airport who had snared Rick first, so, in a democratic way, they were let off first at the airport - even though we drove right by Lanai City. No worries, "going with the flow" we ended up at our destination in due time.

At the Mike Carroll Gallery

You would expect that in a one horse cab company town with only ONE GAS STATION, that this would be your normal small town local artist/artisan gallery. I make a big point of this because my California office is in Carmel-by-the-Sea, one of the premier artist and art gallery enclaves anywhere in the world.

So here we are walking into the Mike Carroll Gallery where I introduce myself to Mike, the owner and an artist himself. Here I am not Hella Rothwell the real estate broker but (another hat I wear) one of the officers and organizers of the world renowned Carmel Art Festival, a very prestigious juried plein air event held annually in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

"We have Randall Sexton, one of your winning artists here in our gallery and a couple of others you might know," says Mike.

Was I ever blown away! Randy exhibits his art, amongst other places, with the Nancy Dodds Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea and is a very "collected" artist.

After that very satisfying encounter, Elizabeth and I hit some of the shops in Lanai City but our hearts weren't in it. We wanted to get back to the Four Seasons to "wet our whistles". We actually managed to snag the Four Seasons shuttle to get back.

And all through our adventures, we both kept our "virtual" eyes on our business

I saw Elizabeth sneak peeks at her phone from time to time and whisper things into it; I presume instructions to send text messages "close that deal" here and there. The phone would ring, and she would give out the number of her team member. I, too, answered emails and texts and a couple of calls during the day to make my real estate business flow smoothly in my absence. No one even knew I had sneaked off to Lanai for a day of fun. And fun it was!

Then came the time for our departure from Lanai.

Yes, we cried into our adult beverage in the Sports Bar at the Four Seasons. But we had had our day on this magical island and it was time to go. Elizabeth's ferry was leaving earlier than my plane, so Rick the Cab Driver dropped her off first, then the other two couples in the cab were dropped off at their various destinations in Lanai City. While dropping them off, I couldn't help but notice this big wad of cash openly sitting in the console between the driver's seat and my passenger seat. Did I mention cabs only take cash? It had obviously been a VERY good day for him.  So, finally, Rick and I had the cab to ourselves and we talked about our day. He was on his way to Reno and Las Vegas in a few days (with his stash), while I was talking about having to go back to California soon.

And there was my trusted little 2 engine prop plane sitting all by it's lonesone on the tarmac, full moon up above waiting to take me back to "real life".

It was the best day ever on Lanai!




Hella Rothwell on Beach at Four Seasons Lanai Hawaii






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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® ,

Just goes to show you real estae can be done from anywhere, at any time!Very fun day with an AR friend!

Jan 11, 2017 11:49 AM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Sounds like a great day out with Elizabeth.  A great way to celebrate your birthday early.

Jan 11, 2017 12:18 PM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

It was an absolutely stupendous time, Hella, and I'm so thrilled you could get away so we could meet up in Lanai. That spot where you asked me to shoot a picture of you was absolutely **perfect** for your collection of "here is Hella on a beach somewhere." And yes, we need to spend a few days there. I checked on room rates and a double room with a partial ocean view would set us back $2200 each for 4 days. To downsize to a garden or pool view room would only save $50 a day each and the room would be dramatically unacceptable. So start budgeting, ha, ha, ha. Next December . . . Besides, dinner at Nobu is easily a couple hundred. And we gotta do that.

Jan 11, 2017 12:53 PM #3
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

marti garaughty, abstract art, graphic design, marketing, WordPress consultant

Jan 11, 2017 01:30 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


Well that was a pretty spectacular on Lanai with Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents . What fun that must have been! Nobu sounds terrific - we ate at Nobiu in LA and it was amazing, and well worth the $$$$.


Jan 11, 2017 04:14 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Great pictures, Hella!  I also like the ones that Elizabeth shared on her blog!

Jan 11, 2017 04:42 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Hella -- when I saw your question in the Q&A section, I immediately knew it was likely lunch with Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents.   There was no question in my mind that the day would include some umbrella drinks but didn't know there was pre-birthday celebration.   Cheers and Happy Birthday.    

Jan 11, 2017 04:44 PM #7
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

Hella, Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing what seems to be a perfect day with Elizabeth on Lanai. It sounds like a fabulous island with no crowds!

Jan 11, 2017 07:31 PM #8
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

What a nice opportunity to spend a day discuss business plans.

Nice write up.

Sam Shueh

Jan 11, 2017 07:43 PM #9
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

You and Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents are definitely two that I would love to meet!  How lucky were both of you to get to spend the day together in such a gorgeous setting!  Love the photos!

Jan 11, 2017 08:14 PM #10
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Two lovely ladies in a lovely place! I'm so envious that you got to meet up this way!

Jan 12, 2017 03:59 AM #11
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

That's the best type of meetup, Hella.... what a great post.... 

Jan 12, 2017 04:59 AM #12
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Sounds like an amazing island.  I love the fact that it's not crowded.  There is nothing worse than going to a crowded destination to relax.  I'll need to look into this island an the four seasons there.  I wonder what activities there are to do there.

Jan 12, 2017 11:28 AM #13
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Sounds like a fun day on Lanai, which is a beautiful little island.  Sometimes you have to get away and enjoy your life, and what better place than the Four Seasons at Manele Bay!

Jan 15, 2017 06:10 PM #14
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