Back from limbo and Coco Palms – Wailua Nui

Seems like my writing has been in limbo during the past few months. While previously my The Garden Island (TGI) column was weekly, it is now just once per month (first Wednesday). This is good news and bad news. The good news is the weekly pressure is off and the bad news is the weekly pressure is off. If you are a writer, you will understand. 😉

The weekly columns forced me to write regularly about the work and life I love, and provided the additional content needed to post here on this blog, on social media, and for my email list. To join that email list please simply add your email here:

Then, I decided to explore other email list services, take some time off to travel to the continent, AND WordPress decided to change their formatting…forcing me to take the time to learn their new system (which I inherently resist/hate doing).

But here I am, back in the saddle so to speak. I’ve decided not to let WordPress beat me, I’m now fully onboard with my new email system “Octopus,” am not planning any further extended trips in the foreseeable future, AND have a long list of topics that I need to write about!

Note on the email: PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK AND SPAM FOLDERS! Because of the large volume of email that I send out, the email is sometimes routed to these folders. If you have multiple email accounts, please either unsubscribe the extra ones, or let me know and I will do so for you. I am still working out the bumps in my new email system, and I greatly appreciate feedback from readers – so don’t hesitate to reach out and share with me your thoughts.

Kauai Peeps

The property once known as the Coco Palms Hotel is up for auction on July 26th and there is a move afoot to nix any and all plans for a hotel/resort AND instead convert the property to a community use that honors its significant history and culture. To make this dream a reality will require the community to come together in support of the vision, the generosity of private donors large and small, and government and community leaders at all levels stepping up and voicing their support.

Everyones help is needed – TODAY:

a) Read more about the effort in The Garden Island newspaper:

b) Kauai residents – Sign the petition! don’t normally ask folks to sign petitions…but this is important.  Getting to 3,000 signatures of Kauai residents is our goal and we are almost half way there!  Please sign!

c) Visit the website for the I Wailuanui Working Group (which I am a part of). Read about the historical significance of this very special place, become familiar with the initial vision that could be realized, and yes donate if you can –

d) Read more as to why the time for hotel/resort development is no longer appropriate in this short piece I wrote a few months back:

Please help if you can.


Gary Hooser

About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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