ISLAND HISTORY: ‘Big John’ Kauo and the Coco Palms Torch-Lighting Ceremony

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In 1954, John Pakahea “Big John” Kauo (1933-2013) was hired as a waiter at Kaua‘i’s Coco Palms Hotel by his Aunty Moki Hanohano, the night dining room manager at Coco Palms, to begin what was to become a 37-year career at Coco Palms in which he retired as Coco Palms’ manager.