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Kawela Bay: The Jewel’s Past, Present & Future

“The rope was placed there in the 60s and it’s still there!” Sue Murphy laughs looking up at a coconut tree she used to swing from as a child. Her father, a paratrooper in the military, used his military grade rope to make her a swing to play on. The tree stood right in front of her family’s home. In 1966, white sand and the ocean were what she enjoyed while swinging. Now, overgrown plants and trees cover where her childhood home once stood.

Decades ago several homes were nestled along Kawela Bay and the coast of the resort. They were built back in the 1920s, primarily for sugar cane workers. Residents lived in the homes for several years, some for several generations- up until 1986, when the land owner told them they had to leave.

They owned the homes, but not the land. They were told they could take their homes with them, which most couldn’t do. The homes left behind were bulldozed but all the families bonds still remain.