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A Brief History of the Twelve Coconuts Group
My name is Ron R. and I am a member of the Twelve Coconuts
Group, which meets in Kapiolani Park, Waikiki six days a
March, 1985, I was living in Waikiki and since I have always
been an early riser, I was looking out the window and I
noticed that there were a lot of tourists on the streets
at five-thirty in the morning and it came to my mind that
these folks could be up to 6 hours earlier on the bio-clock,
say from Manhattan, and they had no place to go to early
in the morning but a bar or the local convenience store
where they also sell alcohol.
I was very young in my sobriety at the time (DOS 7/24/1984)
and was already addicted to as many meetings as I could
get to it came to my mind from, I am sure, my Higher Power,
that I needed to start an early morning meeting and since
Kapiolani Park has always been my "front yard"
I chose to go to the park and an area know as "Queen's
Surf." and my sponsor sent two people that did not
want to come but were threatened with eviction if they did
not clean up their act, I was assisted by the two coffee
makers who really disliked me and the fact that they had
to get up at an early hour and walk the coffee about two
blocks to the meeting, which meets in the beginning of the
park on the beach side of the street.
about three weeks I went all over town to different meetings
with bookmarks that had the 11th Step Prayer on them, I
had gotten them from a Catholic Book Store and used to go
in and try and bargain with them as I was on welfare at
the time and spent all of my money trying to get as many
bookmarks as possible written up with "New Meeting
in Kapiolani Park, Mon. Wed. and Fridays at seven in the
morning.April 1st.I did a lot of writing.
first meeting had 32 people.April Fool's Day,1985 ( that
weeks after the meeting started, an anonymous woman visitor
from Vancouver shared and said, " This is so wonderful,
here I am a recovered drunk, a Christian, there were twelve
Apostles, there are 12 steps, 12 traditions and here I am
in a meeting in Waikiki under 12 Palm trees. In unison the
whole group went HUH? Sure enough there were twelve Coconut
Trees and that is how we got our name. No one had bothered
to count the trees and so we were given our name by a Canadian
Visitor which to me means that we are truly an international
now meet six days a week, Mon.-Sat and seven in the morning
and on Monday, we discuss the first step, Tuesday the 2nd,
Wed. the 3rd and Thursday is the Promises,Friday the 11th
Step and on Saturdays we discuss the Traditions. We meet
every day, rain and shine and if it is raining we meet in
the snack bar, a short walk from the daily meeting.
also move to a different spot every day to do our part in
keeping the area pristine.
our conventions the meetings swell to over several hundreds
and one of the most awe-inspiring moments is when we literally
take over a large part of the park to do the Lord's Prayer
in a gigantic circle, it is truly a wonderful experience.
visitors are greeted with A.L.O.H.A. which means a lot of
we do a little song and dance that goes: "When I start
my day the AA way, I know my life will be OK, hey, hey,
doo wop doo wop doo wop."
Mahalo (Thank You) for letting me share our experience
with you, Ron R. (DOS 7/24/84)
by Ron R. of the Twelve Coconuts Group, Waikiki, Hawaii
Ron R: email@example.com