Wailuanuiahoʻāno -reclaiming Coco Palms – Fundraising updates

Exciting news on our work to purchase the Coco Palms Wailuanuiahoʻāno property! *updated 11/29/22

We’ve raised almost $200,000 in donation pledges. While still short of our first-tier $1 million goal, the response has been phenomenal.

Providing a pledge of financial support requires no out-of-pocket money today and is simply a statement and a commitment that says when I Ola Wailuanui is able to raise enough money to close on the purchase ($22 million plus or minus) – then and only then will you fulfill your pledge and make a contribution (tax-deductible).

We each have a different capacity to give. Some can write a check for $22 million in one motion. Others could give $2,000 per year for 5 years and still others will stretch to give $100. All are welcome.

To be clear, no pledge is too small.

If you prefer to make a direct online donation rather than a pledge, that would of course be welcome also!

It’s important that we reach that million-dollar mark by the end of January. Many deadlines converge on this date and it is essential we show maximum community support when this happens.

Please help if you can and email – IOlaWailuanui@gmail.com to request a pledge form.

Your pledge could be over time – X $ upon closing and purchase of the property and then X $ per year for the next 4 years.

Visit https://www.wailuanui.org and learn more about the vision, and plan to purchase Wailuanuiahoʻāno – formerly known as the Coco Palms Hotel.

You are probably familiar with the Coco Palms Hotel issue, and aware that this area is incredibly special in terms of its history and culture. You are probably also aware that the owners and would-be developers of this property have broken promise after promise to our community, and have treated this property like a rubbish heap for the past 30 years.

Achieving the first $1 million in community-based pledges will send a message loud and clear to the seller AND will open doors leading to larger funding commitments from financial institutions, philanthropic trusts, foundations, and government sources.

Our children and grandchildren are counting on us to leave this place a little better than we found it. So please chip in if you can!

Email – IOlaWailuanui@gmail.com to request a pledge form!

Yes, it’s a big lift. But we can and must do it.

Success means we, collectively as a community, leave a lasting legacy for our moʻopuna, and for generations to come – in perpetuity.

Failure means we and they, will forever lose a historical and cultural treasure that if called by its rightful name is Wailuanuiahoʻāno.

The $800,000 remaining to reach our goal can be achieved by just 80 people agreeing to pledge $2,000 per year X 5 years – and/or any number of gift combinations.

Please – email IOlaWailuanui@gmail.com request a pledge form and give to a level that makes you feel good and would make your moʻopuna proud!

Obligatory disclaimer: No one pays me to write. I am a volunteer and will make no money out of this. But I will sleep very well at night knowing that I did everything I could to help make it happen.

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.) www.hapahi.org 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) - http://www.garyhooser.com/#four “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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4 Responses to Wailuanuiahoʻāno -reclaiming Coco Palms – Fundraising updates

  1. KipuKai Kualii says:

    Mahalo nui loa to everyone coming together for this effort. In the next few weeks, I will take some time to determine the amount I can donate and send in my commitment. I, of course, will also help with the fundraising effort any way that I can. Let’s all do this in the spirit of “Aloha `Aina”! I can’t think of a better gift we could leave for our keiki!

  2. John Ferry says:

    Mahalo Gary

    • garyhooser says:

      Nice to hear from you John. Hope you and ohana are doing well. I think about those times at Bali Hai and your friendship and mentorship over those years. Mahalo plenty…for what it’s worth…your presence has made a difference in my life. Gary

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