Timbers Kaua'i Blog

Talk Story with Chris Gampon

We are so happy to welcome our new General Manager, Chris Gampon to the Timbers Kaua‘i at Hōkūala family. Chris was born and raised on Kaua‘i, and joined the team in March of this year. Please join us in a warm aloha and welcome to Chris as we learn more about him in this month’s Talk Story.


Royal Hawaiian Woodwork owner, Leleo Kinimaka, has been putting his mana into Hawaiian native hardwoods for decades, and now has brought his gift of aloha back to where it began.

From canoe crop settlers to the cultural cornerstone of the hula, Polynesian settlers have left their mark on the Hawaiian Islands in more ways than one.

A Worldwide Celebration of Music Comes to Timbers Kaua‘i! Hualani's restaurant is proud to be Kaua‘i's only stage for Hawai‘i's Make Music Day.

Led by our Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner Kalani Flores, the team at Timbers Kauaʻi at Hōkūala aims to connect our sense of place firmly in the culture where it was built. We strive to do everything pono, respecting the land and the ancestors that came before us. With Kalani’s help, our staff is consistently learning more about Hawaiian culture, language, and practices, which we in turn share with our guests.

Affectionately referred to as the Prince of the People, Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole, or Prince Kūhiō, was born in Kōloa on March 26, 1871. Prince Kūhiō Day is celebrated yearly on March 26.

Timbers Kauaʻi recently had the privilege of welcoming the staff and students of Kanuikapono Public Charter School on property for a culturally-rich gathering that truly embodied aloha. Kanuikapono is located in Anahola here on Kauaʻi, on Hawaiian Homestead lands. They are a Hawaiian-focused K-12 school that provides cultural & experience-based learning opportunities for students and their ʻohana.

Did you know that more than 95% of plants and animals on Kauaʻi are not endemic and much of them threaten Kauaʻi’s delicate ecosystem?

In 2010, when Timbers Kauaʻi at Hōkūala was still under construction, the Timbers ‘ohana asked their employees to help name the buildings that were being constructed.

This year, we were also proud to host a new tradition – the inaugural Hokuala Floating Lantern Ceremony, which took place on Sunday, May 29th. This once-a-year event pays tribute to and honors the memory of loved ones.