WAILUA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thieves allegedly hauled off hundreds of pounds of loot on Kauai. Four solid, koa wood doors are missing from the iconic Coco Palms resort in Wailua beach.
The Coco Palms site manager says thieves busted out an entire wall of the building to get to the doors. Bob Jasper tells Hawaii News Now that the doors have been valued as high as $50,000 each, but for nostalgic fans of the hotel, they're priceless.
The resort has been shuttered as a hotel for more than two decades, but tourists are still shown the door - and more - at the historic site. That is, until Saturday night - when those thieves allegedly cut a big hole in the property fence, bashed out the wall in the former Queen's Hall banquet area, and carted those four huge doors down a makeshift ramp.
Jasper says, "These things are incredible - eight feet tall, three-and-a-half feet wide, two inches thick. They weigh somewhere between 200 and 300 pounds - all solid koa, hand-carved doors - just beautiful."
The doors are said to be part of the original Coco Palms lodge that dates back to 1950. The resort was a Kauai favorite for stars like Elvis Presley, and over the years, even with expansions, renovations, hurricanes Iwa and Iniki, and its eventual closure, those doors withstood the test of time.
Jasper - who's been doing tours there for the last 18 years - says he "freaked out" when he saw the vandalism. "I certainly hope they just don't haul 'em and chop them up because they're all so uniquely carved on one side, all these palm trees, different palm tree designs. And they're each unique from the other ones, all hand-carved. I just can't imagine what someone would do with them."
Jasper asks the public to monitor websites like Ebay and Craigslist - in case someone posts the stolen doors for sale. If you have any leads, call Kauai police at (808) 241-1711.
Plans to revive the historic resort have stalled, and now, it's another blow, if these doors aren't found.