Daniel Case, who led Grove Farm’s transition, dies at 91

Daniel H. Case, a civic leader in Hawaii who guided the growth of Grove Farm on Kauai, died peacefully at home in Honolulu Friday surrounded by family. He was 91.

Dan was born in Lihue on February 25, 1925, and spent his early years on the Grove Farm sugar plantation on Kauai. At the age of 12, he sailed from Lihue’s Nawiliwili Harbor to Honolulu to attend boarding school at Punahou School. He graduated from Punahou in 1942, and then went east to attend Williams College in Massachusetts. 

After the war, Case moved to Colorado for several years, earning his law degree from the University of Denver before returning to Hawaii to practice law. He joined the law firm that became Case, Lombardi & Pettit, where he practiced law for 60 years, leading the firm for nearly two decades, before retiring in 2012.

Throughout his career, Case served as a board member to many leading businesses in Hawaii, including the Honolulu Publishing Company and Maui Land & Pineapple, but it was his work at Grove Farm that served as the capstone of his business and community interests.

Case became chairman in 2000 and served in that role for 15 years, spearheading its transition from a 38,000-acre sugar plantation to a sustainable community and economic development firm with a keen focus and commitment to the Kauai community he always loved.

Case was known throughout Hawaii as a dedicated civic leader, having served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout the years. He and his wife Carol were married 61 years. They had four children and 12 grandchildren.

A full obituary will be published in The Garden Island on Sunday.

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