Save the hanalei pier

3069cb16354785a642fe72ba6e33f1706a5e8759 The famous Hanalei Pier was built in 1892.  During  its 120-year history, the pier served as a major port between the Hawaiian Islands for the transportation of rice and sugar. Today, it serves  as a recreational resource and, most recently,  as a backdrop in the filming of “The Descendants”, released last year. In 1991,  the pier was reconstructed by the State of Hawaii. However, it is now in need of critical repairs. Cracked beams and dry rot, holes in the roof, and broken support struts are destroying the pier. The Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay wants to save this Kaua`i landmark. Therefore, the Club, working closely with the State of Hawaii, the County of Kauai and leading architectural and construction firms, is raising funds to repair the shed through its “Save the Pier” project.  A local family that wishes to remain anonymous donated $50,000 to the cause. The donor has requested that the Club match this donation. To date, the Club has raised $40,000 bringing the total up to $90,000. With an ambitious target to raise $150,000, your contribution would be welcomed. Donate $500 or more and your name will be included on a commemorative “The Crew That Saved The Pier” plaque. When the project is completed, there will be a dedication ceremony to install the plaque. Donations through the Club’s  tax-free charitable 501(c) (3) Foundation can be mailed to: The Rotay Club of Hanalei Bay Foundation PO Box 1495 Hanalei, HI 96714 Please make your check payable to the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay Foundation Save the Pier. Or if you prefer, you may make a donation online at When you're on Kaua`i visiting the Hanalei Colony Resort, Hanalei Bay is just 5 miles away. Stop by, have a picnic on the beach, swim in the Bay and see the Pier. Mahalo for your kokua. Photo courtesy of Michael Somers, Somers Advertising.