|Remembering and Reviving the
Coco Palms Hotel
From The Honolulu Advertiser, Friday, April 7, 2000:
Monday funeral planned for Grace Guslander, 89
LIHUE, KAUAI - Funeral services for Grace Buscher Guslander, 89, one of Hawaii's premier hoteliers and longtime manager of the Coco Palms Hotel, have been scheduled for Monday at the Lihue United Church.
Friends from the travel industry and government are invited to visit from 8-45 to 9.30 a.m. former Cow Palms guests and employees and their families from 9:30 to 10 am, and members of Hawaiian societies and organizations from 10 to 10-30 am.
The service will begin at I I a.m.
Guslander built Coco Palms, a quiet hotel wrapped around still lagoons in a former coconut plantation, into the prototype for classic Polynesian resorts. Her personal relationships with guests and her employees endeared her to both.
Her respect for Hawaiian culture and tradition brought her dose to many in the Hawaiian community. Sarah Kailikea is expected to perform a chant she wrote years ago for Guslander. The late Rev. Abraham Akaka gave the hotelkeeper the Hawaiian name Heinoleleikamalie, from a line in a classic Kauai song.
Guslander died at her Wailua, Kauai home Wednesday. She was born. Oct. 25, 1910, in Pennsylvania.
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