Larry Ellison bought 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai in 2010. Now, he is leaving his posh California property and moving to Hawaii. He is now making his primary residence on Lanai, making him the latest technical executive to leave the Golden State. He reported his move to his employees last week. The news recently came after his announcement that Oracle was relocating its headquarters to Austin, Texas. Since its founding in 1977, the company is headquartered in Silicon Valley. Many believed Alison would be moving to Texas with Oracle. In a memo to Oracle employees, he said: “I have moved to the state of Hawaii and I am using the power of Zoom to work from Lanai Island. Mahlo, Larry.”
Lanai is the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii. At one time it was known as “The Pineapple Island” due to its origin as a pineapple plantation. In 1922, James Drummond DeLay was a young Harvard graduate living in Oahu and running his running pineapple business. That year, Dole paid $ 1.1 million for the land and in the same way, an entire island was occupied by Dole pineapples. Dole farmed the interiors of the island, built roads, built a harbor, and built a quaint town in the center of the island with Dole Park in the middle. The park was surrounded by plantation-style cottages to house workers in their pineapple fields. By 1930, almost all of the island’s 3,000 inhabitants were Dole employees. The island exported 65,000 tonnes of pineapple every year. Dole took care of his staff’s lawn and built a golf course. Dole’s motto was “happier workers, better pineapples grow.”
Alison is pursuing Dole’s motto. At the onset of the epidemic, when many of Lanai’s businesses closed, they committed to paying the full salaries and benefits of Lanai’s residents who work in their hotels and businesses. He is the main employer of Lanai’s 3,200 residents. He owns a third of the homes on the island as well as the main grocery store and monthly newspaper. The island has a school and no stoplight. It is a small, secluded island of just 140 square miles. Ellison also owns the water company, the cemetery, and is in talks to buy Lanai’s electric grid. He also owns Dole Park – the central common square in the city center, and all the buildings around it. He owns the community center, town swimming pool, theater, grocery store, two golf courses, the water company, a waste treatment plant and the island’s cemetery. He owns 87,000 acres of the total 90,000 acres of Lanai.
Ellison owns Hotel Lanai, Four Seasons Resort Lanai, and Four Seasons Hotel Lanai in Koselle, a Sensei retreat, which is the only three hotels on the island. Of all the properties and businesses on the island, only a handful do not own and do not hire Alison. It consists of a gas station, two banks, a credit union, a rental car company and a cafe.
When Lanai was put up for sale by its former owner, its residents worried that Lanai would sell to multiple owners or that a large Sahara developer would destroy the island’s character. Afra-tafri caused chaos. One was that a Russian aristocrat would buy the island. Another was that a sheikh would buy the island. Instead, Larry Ellison did.
The growth of lanai has been limited for years due to lack of sufficient water for a large population. Ellison is building a state-of-the-art desalination plant to produce more fresh water. Ellison expects the island’s population to grow to 6,000. There has been some talk about flower fields and organic wines. A sustainable fishery is planned using not only aquaponics and hydroponic to raise fish, but also grow fruits and vegetables.
Ellison is bringing better healthcare to the island. There is a bowling alley, a 22-acre film studio and a residential tennis academy for competitive children. Alison is renewing and refreshing not only every part of the island, but life On the island
Also as a result of their plans, after several years of unemployment, the citizens of Lanai were back at work. Just four months after Ellison’s purchase of Lanai, unemployment dropped to 1.2 percent.
The 76-year-old Allison has total assets of $ 79 billion and is the latest tech executive to leave California and its high taxes behind. Elon Musk moved to Texas. Splunk CEO Doug Merritt also moved to Texas.