THE STORY OF COCO PALMS HOTEL DAVID PENHALLOW HAWAII NR

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THE STORY OF THE COCO PALMS RESORT by DAVID PENHALLOW-RARE OOP
The Story of the Coco Palms Hotel Revised Edition:The Grace Buscher Guslander Years 1953-1985" BY DAVID PENHALLOW
370 PAGES. BRAND NEW CONDITION Weighs 3.8 lbs. I QUOTED PRIORITY SHIPPING BUT IF YOU WANT MEDIA MAIL IT CAN TAKE UP TO 6 WEEKS FROM HAWAII BUT LET ME KNOW..I RECOMMEND PRIORITY ON THIS.

Most people who ever stayed at the Coco Palms had a love affair with the resort..I know I did. I visited t in 1981 and stayed at the Queens cottage and was fascinated by the Huge Clam Shell Sink (I now own one..if anyone is interested in purchasing it, please let me know).
Anyways...I fell in love with the hotel and island and many years later I now reside on Kauai...
T are hundreds of more photos in the book and I've only shown a small sampling .
Due to the disrepair of the property...many items over the years found it's way to people and I've had the privelege of owning many..and are offering them on other listings.
This book is very hard to find...a search on Amazon reveals it's now OOP..and I could not find another single copy avail on the net anyw!...it's a huge tome and hundreds of BW and color photos...if you ever stayed t.you will want to own this! It will take you hours to read thru all the fascinating stories and fantastic journey in life that Grace and Gus had..in the end..they found out the loved one another and were married...
I drive by the resort every day and rather than focus on the destruction, I remember the good times...the music, the views..the laughter..the fantastic cocktails..ambiance and romance of this magical place...I hope by reading this book, it will transport you back as well...Aloha!
If you don't know the history of this amazing place...South Pacific cast stayed t..Elvis Presley..Bing Crosby..and many other top Hollywood stars..it was a mecca for the Who's Who in entertainment..also many photos of
Duke Kahanamoku are in this book~
Coco Palms: A fantasy come true
A new book tells how a Kauai hotel became a star in its own right
By Nadine Kam /
Vol. 12, Issue 189 - Sunday, July 8, 2007
Kauai of the 1950s was too small for a young man with big ambitions, so after graduating from high school, David P. Penhallow joined the Army, just before his love of drama led him to pursue a career in theater and film.
By 1958 he was in New York working at what he calls "the highest-paying job" in theater: cleaning playhouse urinals.
He didn't realize, though, that he had already been smitten by the idea of paradise right in his back yard.
In 1953 he met Grace Buscher, the 43-year-old neophyte manager of the Coco Palms Hotel. Penhallow was in need of a part-time job, and the hotel needed a waiter. He became one of the worst waiters he had ever seen, but Buscher saw potential in him and, during a Christmas vacation at home from New York in 1959, invited him to learn by her side to become a hotel manager.
By then he had finally landed a role in the musical "The Boy Friend," on the Great White Way, but decided to return home.
And what do you know? Hollywood eventually did come calling on Kauai, due in part to the exotic allure of the Coco Palms Hotel. For guests who stayed t, dreamers from afar and those who worked on the premises, it was, in many ways, a fantasy come true. The hotel was largely the invention of one woman but matched any spectacle Hollywood scriptwriters could have imagined, and Penhallow has penned its story.
Coco Palms: A fantasy come true
A new book tells how a Kauai hotel became a star in its own right
By Nadine Kam /
Vol. 12, Issue 189 - Sunday, July 8, 2007
Kauai of the 1950s was too small for a young man with big ambitions, so after graduating from high school, David P. Penhallow joined the Army, just before his love of drama led him to pursue a career in theater and film.
By 1958 he was in New York working a...

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