Lanai, also called the Pineapple Island, is an economy run by two Four Season Resorts. They employ 80% of the travel and tourism workforce, and besides pineapple and some fishing, travel and tourism is the dominant industry on this Hawaiian Island.
Everyone depends on these resorts, the airlines that would hardly have any other tourists flying them to Lanai, the ferry service to Lahaina, and the tour guides, shops, and many other business on this small island that is part of Maui County.
What would happen if these two resorts closed at the same time? Exactly this is happening next year. For most of 2015, the Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Lanai The Lodge at Koele will be closed for renovation.
Now an entire community is already concentrating on the day when these resorts open back up.
In the meantime, what will happen to those that are in the travel and tourism industry who do not work for Four Seasons? They may be out of business.