A Special Treat to Visit Lanai With Hella Rothwell

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

Since Hella Rothwell was so kind as to find a way to fit a visit with me in Lanai into her holiday plans, the least I could do was offer to treat her to lunch at the Views at Manale Golf. After all, she flew from Honolulu, and I hopped the Maui Ferry to Lanai from Lahania to meet up at the Four Seasons in Manele Bay. This is one of my favorite Four Seasons hotels in a gorgeous remote setting that makes you feel gloriously alive.

As we strolled down the ancient volcanic beds rising above the sea that overlooks Sweetheart Rock, my phone rang. It was an obscure agent asking me questions about a short sale she struggled with. She couldn't get her story out in a coherent sentence, and expected to discuss her entire strategy with me right then and there.

I was willing to answer one question, just to be helpful to a stranger, and I told her I was with a friend on the island of Lanai, walking along the beach, so ask me one question and I'll answer. But the agent continued firing questions, demanding answers.

What is this? I don't get paid by the hour. I don't get paid to talk to her at all. Some people are so self-centered, it blows me away. I wished her luck and hung up. Now she'll probably run over to YELP and post a nasty review. That's how rotten some people are. In the future, I'll probably just say, uh oh, my connection in Hawaii is bad and disconnect.

I brought Hella a birthday present, a Hawaiian guardian, hand-carved from clay, painted, adorned with feathers. Now I wish I had bought one of those for myself. I did not think to take a photo of it, either, darn. Maybe Hella will post a picture? But I did shoot a ton of other photos of our day-long adventure on the island of Lanai.

You can see a bunch more photographs and read more about that day in my personal blog at this link: Maui Ferry to Lanai is an Escape to Paradise from Ka'anapali.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments (19)

Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

The gift of the Kahu by Zeke Israel could not have been more perfect, Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - I feel the mana flowing through me when I hold it. It works here in Hawaii; wonder if also in California? Here is what Wikipedia says about it:

In Polynesian culture, mana is a spiritual quality considered to have supernatural origin—a sacred impersonal force existing in the universe. Therefore, to have mana is to have influence and authority, and efficacy—the power to perform in a given situation.

Kahu given to Hella Rothwell by Elizabeth Weintraub for her birthday on Lanai, Hawaii.

Kahu, the guardian, gift to Hella Rothwell by Elizabeth Weintraub for her birthday on Lanai, Hawaii.

 

And here is what the Hawaiian dictionary says about a KAHU:

[Hawaiian Dictionary(Hwn to Eng)] kahu. 1. n. Honored attendant, guardian, nurse, keeper of ʻunihipili bones, regent, keeper, administrator, warden, caretaker, master, mistress; pastor, minister, reverend, or preacher of a church; one who has a dog, cat, pig, or other pet.

PS. I do have 3 dogs and 2 turtles.

 

Jan 11, 2017 01:06 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Elizabeth

Sounds like it was an amazing with Hella on Lanai! Haven't been there yet. Love the Kahu you gave her - glad she shared the photo! Bet you can't wait to get back to Sacramento - NOT!

Jeff 

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

Those are wonderful pictures of your time with Hella, Elizabeth.  And, those Summer Rolls look delicious!

Jan 11, 2017 04:40 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Elizabeth -- I have yet to visit Lanai and it does sound quite special.   Talk about a very special ActiveRain MeetUp --- there should be extra points for these Lanai posts by you and Hella Mitschke Rothwell although I'm certain they will never be redeemable for an Ed Totten work.    

Jan 11, 2017 04:53 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Lanai is the only one of the islands we have not visited and do hope to get it into our vacation plans soon.  Except for taking that call you sound as if you had a great time

Jan 11, 2017 05:01 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Spending time with Hella on Lanai sounds like it was a lot of fun.  Love the gift you gave her.  Glad she posted a pic.

Jan 11, 2017 06:24 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, how WONDERFUL to get to meet Hella Mitschke Rothwell in such a beautiful setting!  I have simply got to get over there some day - it sounds like heaven on earth!  

Jan 11, 2017 08:16 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Debe Maxwell Well, to be clear, Hella and I met up in December of 2015 when she helped me to buy a house on Big Island. We had such a blast, we decided to get together again this year, which rolled into 2017 and landed us in Lanai.

Jan 11, 2017 11:19 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Chris Ann Cleland I'm glad she did too because I got all caught up in the moment and did not take a picture.

Jan 11, 2017 11:20 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Ed Silva Every human deserves some time on Lanai. Whether the beach or the mountains, each climate is special, the people are precious and your time there will be glorious. It's not like any other island.

Jan 11, 2017 11:21 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Michael Jacobs I guess I can see how this might be called an AR meetup but it was really two friends who met a while back on AR getting back together to reconnect. I think I really floored Hella when I was telling her a story about a time in Waikiki, and she jumped to the punchline, what she thought was the punchline, which was not, and decided she and I would be fast friends.

Jan 11, 2017 11:24 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Jan 12, 2017 06:18 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Myrl Jeffcoat You're footloose and fancy free, why don't you and I ever meet anywhere cool like this? Huh? Huh?

Jan 11, 2017 11:25 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Yeh, just pick an unlikely place, and go, Myrl Jeffcoat - We get too caught up with doing the same old stuff. When I got "stranded" on the island of Lanai at the airport, I thought, "I have been stranded in much more unlikly places in the world". Laughed, and moved on.

Jan 12, 2017 06:24 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Jeff Dowler There is only so much of a good thing you can take when you begin to run out of restaurants and places to go. Six weeks in Hawaii is enough of a winter vacation for me now. time to get back to work, maybe.

Jan 11, 2017 11:26 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell Thanks for posting that photo. See, I knew there was something special about that gift and something you would feel a connection to.

Jan 11, 2017 11:28 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Today, the Kahu tried to talk me into buying this Tesla. Not a bad idea, actually. Clients would love those gullwing rear doors.


Hella Rothwell and Tesla car at Ala Moana Center

Jan 12, 2017 07:33 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

I swear, when I picked up that Kahu with both hands, it "spoke" to me. In a very peacful, calming way.

Jan 12, 2017 06:31 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Elizabeth... as I said to Hella... two lovely ladies in a lovely place and boy am I envious of you two. Lanai is one place in Hawaii I have not visited.

Jan 12, 2017 04:01 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

 Well, maybe you should put that on your list. I'm sure Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents has some thoughts about that.

Jan 12, 2017 07:45 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Jeff Dowler  recently posted about Kauai as well and he also wrote glowing about its beauty.  I had proposed to my wife that we take our Nov vacation there this year but we had a diversion and will have to wait for next year hopefully

Jan 12, 2017 05:55 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Ed Silva - Kauai is also a beautiful place especially at Hanalei. Your wife will love it!

Jan 12, 2017 07:48 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Nina Hollander We're putting together a small trip for next January in Lanai, and you are certainly welcome to join us. Maybe we could get a suite for 3? I'm thinking 4 days, Hella mentioned 2 days but maybe we could stay for 5 days?

Jan 12, 2017 01:00 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

You work it out, Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents and I'll be there. I got kind of attached to that little prop plane, even though it does some hard landings.

Jan 13, 2017 10:57 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Ed Silva There is no Four Seasons on Kauai. But I've stayed at the Hyatt, and it was decent. They don't call it the garden isle for nothing. It's gorgeous. Very country-like atmosphere, too. Rains a lot.

Jan 12, 2017 01:02 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

I understand they are finally rebuilding Coco Palms...where the evening torchligting ceremony was started by Grace Guslander and Elvis filmed "Blue Hawaii". Fond memories!

Jan 12, 2017 07:50 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hella Mitschke Rothwell That's a good photo of you with the Tesla. Can you still buy a lower end Tesla around $35K?

Jan 13, 2017 11:50 AM