Coco Palms—A wonderful piece of Kauai history that is missed by all. You may be gone, but not forgotten!
So many visitors to Kauai ask about Coco Palms and share their memories of times spent there. Some of them were married in the wedding chapel, some spent their honeymoon there, and many more were guests that simply looked forward to their annual return visit to Coco Palms.
Kauai’s own Larry Rivera performing in front of the Coco Palms wedding chapel
People got acquainted with each other at the manager’s nightly cocktail hour and then planned their return trips so they would be there the same time the following year. Long friendships developed over these nightly cocktail gatherings, the famous torch lighting ceremony, and the gracious hosting of Grace Guslander. It was a place to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Mrs. Guslander made every guest feel how glad she was to have them back—and she genuinely was!
On October 23, 2010, Grace would have celebrated her 100th birthday. While she is gone, she still lives in the lives and hearts of her employees who adored her, and her guests that will never forget how good she made them feel on their trips to Kauai.
Have we all gotten so busy with our lives that even while we are on vacation, we can’t kick back? Is it that today’s hotels simply don’t provide the settings for this type of fellowship where friendships can thrive? Or perhaps it is as author of the book The Story of Coco Palms Hotel, David Penhallow, and life long friend of Mrs. Guslander’s states, “Coco Palms wasn’t a place. It was a time, and that time is over.”
Place or time—it is missed. Perhaps Kauai will be blessed with “another place in time” with a birth of a new memory maker like Coco Palms.
While Coco Palms is still at rest, remember Kauai’s beauty is abundant, so if you are looking to sell or buy real estate in Hawaii, I am here to help. I look forward to any memories you may have to share about your visits to Coco Palms!