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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:45 am

WAILUA — A group of thieves broke into the vacant Coco Palms Resort in Wailua Beach Saturday night, making off with four solid koa wood doors from the Queen’s Auditorium Hall.

“It just makes me sick,” Bob Jasper, manager of the Coco Palms site, said Tuesday. “(The doors) go back to when they first built Queen’s Hall.”

The magnificent hand-carved doors are 4 feet by 8 feet, weigh several hundred pounds and are valued at up to $50,000 each, according to Jasper.

“That evaluation comes from the different contractors that have come through there over the years,” he said. “They said (the doors are worth) at least that, maybe more. They are one-of-a-kind.”

To get inside the building, Jasper said the thieves “busted a whole wall out” and built a makeshift ramp, likely wheeling the heavy doors out on some kind of cart.

“It’s just so irritating,” he said. “I don’t know what they can do with them, unless somebody here is building a big mansion.”

After discovering that the doors were missing, Jasper said he spent a large part of Sunday night parked in the Brick Oven Pizza lot, just in case the culprits returned for the remaining four.

“I was just hoping I’d spot somebody driving their truck” with the doors in the back, he said.

In the 20-plus years since the Coco Palms shut down, Jasper said the property has been a magnet for thieves, who usually focus on collecting leftover copper wires and piping.

Larry Rivera, a Coco Palms icon, said he was disappointed to hear the news that and reminisced about what a beautiful place Queen’s Hall once was.  

“(Now) there are thieves in there every day, destroying things, stealing things,” he said. “It’s really sad.”

In an effort to locate the stolen items, Jasper is asking the public to keep an eye out on Ebay and Craigslist, in case someone posts the doors for sale. He has also filed a police report and alerted local contractors.

Those with information about the stolen items are asked to contact the Kaua‘i Police Department at 241-1711.

While the KPD has been notified of the incident, a county spokesperson was unable to provide additional information on the case because a formal police report has not been filed by the property owner or manager.

• Chris D’Angelo, lifestyle writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 241) or lifestyle@thegardenisland.com.

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  • PvilleHalfTimer posted at 8:39 am on Sat, Mar 2, 2013.

    PvilleHalfTimer Posts: 53

    Unbelievable that something so beautiful was left to rot at that site. Some thief is going to have something fall on their head in there and sue the county for a zillion bucks. These doors would have made a lovely backdrop for an "a look at the 50s" exhibit at the Museum. Simple as pulling them out and donating them. It's going to be a free-for-all over there now that word is out there's something left to steal.

  • PeteAntonson posted at 3:05 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    PeteAntonson Posts: 3150

    Regardless, the doors will be cut up for that purpose. They were obtained for no cost other than labor.

  • peachykeen posted at 11:48 pm on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    peachykeen Posts: 13

    what insurance? nobody would insure anything on a property like that. think straight rather than accuse people you don't know of insurance fraud. silly, silly.

  • getreal posted at 6:44 pm on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    getreal Posts: 58

    why has anything of value been left in that place? the doors should have been removed and preserved.

  • dfrench posted at 9:11 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    dfrench Posts: 1

    "THE VALUE IS IN THE KOA WOOD" ??? i dont think so, at 4ft by 8ft x 2" thick thats 64 board feet, divide that into 50k, thats $780 per board foot. the last time i bought koa, the most expensive price was for the finest available was 40-50$ so sorry, the value is more in the art and history because it is unique

  • tunataxi posted at 10:27 pm on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    tunataxi Posts: 802

    25 years later...now right as things come to a head..???..this is an easy one "Inside Job" double whammy then get the insurance money..win win

  • Francine1 posted at 7:57 pm on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    Francine1 Posts: 223

    Sorry Mr. Jaspar, I won't be holding any pity parties for you! Everyone knows how I feel about this eyesore & I don't understand how the County of Kaua`i has allowed it to go on for 20+ years. If the owners were so concerned about any valuables left at this dilapidated mess that both residents and visitors are subjected to view every day for the past 20+ years, they would have done something constructive about it.

    I was up at Kukuiolono Golf Course a couple of weeks ago & heard several visitors commenting on how many years they've been visiting Kaua`i & how saddened they are to see Coco Palms still sitting in it's hurricane state. Would've been nice if the site was immediately cleared of it's rubble ifollowing Hurricane Iniki; so that everyone could hold on to their beautiful memories. Now, once this mess is removed, everyone will remember it as the mess we saw for the past 20+ years. Our Mayor needs to sport his big boy pants & do what needs to be done to get rid of it already!!

  • notahippi posted at 5:37 pm on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    notahippi Posts: 531

    Jasper why are you so concerned?....What did you expect leaving such beautiful art sit for 20 years? Were you just going to let them rot forever?.....Shame on you

  • PeteAntonson posted at 4:26 pm on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    PeteAntonson Posts: 3150

    Despite local mythology, mansion owners are not stupid and won't be using well known stolen doors.
    The value is in the Koa Wood.
    Look for these doors to be turned into something else.
    The "artist" involved will be using an "us against them" rationale for this illegal activity similar to some of the ones used by commentators here.

  • realitychick posted at 1:53 pm on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    realitychick Posts: 267

    Very informative article...if you're a thief. Now they know there are even more doors to steal AND how to get them out. Well done.

  • onegeaeme posted at 11:37 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5801

    My bet: those doors were sold long before they were stolen. This is just too professional. Look for a local mansion. If Bush, Cheney or Bechtel have a residence, get a warrant and search it.

    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

  • LTE Reader posted at 10:59 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    LTE Reader Posts: 3

    1992: Iniki destroys hotel.
    21 years later we're still forced to look at this dangerous eyesore daily, with valuables conveniently available to thieves. At 50k each door you'd think someone would have the common sense to move them to a safe place! The owners should be forced to remove anything of value and/or recyclable, then demolish this mess already!

  • kauaibuilt posted at 10:42 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    kauaibuilt Posts: 49

    Yes it's sad and wrong. But really Jasper are you that surprised this happened? This is what happens when you leave a famous historic hotel untouched for more than a decade. People have been stealing stuff from there ever since Iniki and you're bummed these koa doors got stolen?! Well buddy, if you had done something already with coco palms maybe this may have never happened. Same applies with the graffiti. You cant just expect that something so historic and broken down is not going to be raided by others when you haven't even done anything to work against this issue. I'm just surprised they weren't stolen years ago! Tear it down or something...over it already!

  • DebraKekaualua posted at 9:17 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    DebraKekaualua Posts: 478

    There are several fence line breaks surrounding cocopalms, the pizza side would be the closest, but dummest place towards loading such heavy stuff. Actually, i think anyone can drive onto the prop thru the backside of the houselots, but also the main entrance, without being seen, so It won't be long before the other four doors are gone too.

    Mr. Jasper, it's up to you to remove and safely store any other possible breach of this property, because we all know that Kaua'i is no longer what it was and we'll never again enjoy that kind in our lifetime or yours for that matter. I wonder when the large shell outside of the old restaurant will also disappear and more important are the fishponds and sacred sensitivity that remains on this site. Security or KPD services could be implemented, but even this is iffy.

  • alaikiek posted at 9:02 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    alaikiek Posts: 115

    If they really cared about Coco Ponds they would've taken care of it 20 years ago. All they care about is $$$. Of which I'm sure this is just fine with them because now they can file an insurance claim of $200K to line their pockets a little more.

    County councelors & Mayor, WAKE UP AND CONDEM THIS EYESORE RAT HOLE!!!!!

  • W8a2nd posted at 8:48 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    W8a2nd Posts: 58

    Over the past twenty years thefts, vandalism, arson, and worse crimes all have been committed on this property. This property, which was once the gateway to Kauai and the spiritual center of the island. Abandoned and left to the scourges of man's worst behaviors and we all get to witness its slow death every day.

    How much longer must this ancient gate to Kauai, its once most treasured landscape be trashed and neglected and left for dead? The time has long past for something to be done. This desecration of this land must stop!

    Please Governor, State, County, OHA, NGO's, people, we need to do something now!

  • drsurf posted at 8:18 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    drsurf Posts: 56

    How are businesses allowed to operate on that property? The developers years ago said they would take care of the property and never have. Time for a change.

  • busybody posted at 8:15 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    busybody Posts: 262

    I know it's wrong, but i couldn't help thinking "well GOOD, somebody's getting something out of that ugly abandoned mess!!" Those doors have been there for over 20 years, just going to waste. Serves the owners right for letting it become a pile of rubble.

  • peachykeen posted at 7:46 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    peachykeen Posts: 13

    Oh yea, that's much sadder than the increasing number of low life's who are raping this island daily, robbing everybody and everything they see. At some point, they will probably hit your home too.

  • alien posted at 5:48 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    alien Posts: 346

    Even sadder is the community has to look at this eyesore daily.


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