Bill Porter, a Kauai treasure and philanthropist, passed away last Wednesday October 14th surrounded by family and friends. I’ve had the pleasure to know Bill. He was a wonderful person with a big heart.

Bill Porter. Photo courtesy of Kelly Porter

Bill Porter. Photo courtesy of Kelly Porter

A few years ago, Bill purchased Wai Koa Plantation, the former Guava Kai Plantation. He loved the land and the Stone Dam. Bill was very successful in life and had a great desire to give back to the community, to enrich “through arts, education, recreation and agriculture”. He did this by creating Anaina Hou, which opened up the plantation to 5 mile Wai Koa Loop trail, skate park, playground, mini golf, nursery, recycling center, farmer’s market and more. Bill and his wife Joan also created Kauai Fresh Farms, which grows local organic produce. There are future plans for building an indoor/outdoor theater for movies, concerts, hula and educational events at Anaina Hou.

Bill loved Kauai, he loved the community, and he especially loved the serenity at the Stone Dam. That’s where the public celebration of his life will take place, this Saturday, October 24th at 4:30 p.m. His family will be present and they would love for you to join in celebrating his Bill Porter’s life.

The Porter Family kindly asks that if you wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please consider Pu’ukumu School (, a Junior/Senior school that Bill founded two years ago or Anaina Hou Community Park (

There was another great article in the Garden Island Newspaper recently. Please copy and paste this link in your browser to view:

Contributed by John C. Ferry

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