Greenbank Today
Greenbank has gone through some tremendous turmoil starting with the mistaken sale of the property out of the family’s hands. The next owner would have problems to the point of transition by having the land seized by the DEA. The family continued their battle to acquire the land for years until the DEA donated the land back to the State of Hawaii. Currently, the Wight family descendants have a curator agreement in place with the state to provide access to the property and maintain the family graveyard.
Discussion has recently taken place to revisit the possibility of purchasing a portion of the estate back from the state and preserving the family heritage along with the Hawaiian historical values. For more information go to our Contact Us page and send us your questions and comments.


Greenbank
The Jewell of the Big Island
Halawa, North Kohala, HI
Dan Delasantos,  Brad Lewis, Mary Delasantos, Ernie Chew, Dan Clark, Dan Bearth. 1988. Educational walk through Greenbank with Ernie to learn about all the plant life.
Anna Marie Springer & Ernie Chew 1988
Talking stratigy to discuss issues with the DEA after the sesure of the property. The property was later donated to Hawaii.
Ernie Chew and Mary & Dan Delasantos 1988

Ernie Chew was solely responsible for seeking out and transporting over 5,000 species of plant and tree life to the San Diego Zoo during its conception and completion. He was a world famous botanist and horticulturist and an authority on the majority of the plant life on Greenbank.

He later teamed up with the Greenbank Group in an attempt to convince the DEA we had a valid plan for Greenbank and all the botanical life on the property.
The passing of a true Kamaaina: Ernie Chew has since passed away but his much apprciated work on the Greenbank project continues on through the Greenbank Group.

The Greenbank Group could use your Help
Greenbank is a project without a completion date. The Greenbank Group is continually seeking those friends and family members interested in preserving this unique portion of Hawaii's history and the Wight family heritage. Funding is needed to maintain the curator agreement and maintain Greenbanks grounds maintenance. We are always looking for new information, artifacts, donations and maintanance help to meet our objectives. The Greenbank Group is currently producing the book, documentry and theatrical srip for Greenbank and all its historical values. All rights are reserved to this website and violater will be prosecuted.
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To find out more about Greenbank or to offer your assistance when time allows let us know who you are and how we can contact you. If you think you may be a desendant but aren't sure of the conection contact us and we will help you through the proccess. Your information will remain strictly confidential and will only be used internally between the Greenbank group and wight Descendants.
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Currantly, Greenbank has its own bank account. In the upcoming days the Greenbank Group will have a link to our PayPal  account allowing you to make a modest donation to help fund the Greenbank Maintainance Program. Check back with us for updates to see when we will have our account access up and running.
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Below you will find some brief information on our contributors and their work with Greenbank.
Dan Delasantos has been part of the Greenbank Group since its conception in the late 80's.  He was a resident of Hawaii until 1994 when he moved to Colorado. He has conducted several work parties  on Greenbank and continues to orchestrate this work from Colorado.
Dan was also instrumental in forming the Greenbank Business Plan which included structured walking paths, botanical recognition and historical preservation. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

Quote: Its been a long journey and we haven't gotten there yet. Greenbank has been an incredible learning curve in life experiences.  With every victory there seems to be a defeat but we have all persevered over the years. 
I'm in it for the long haul to see that this part of all of us is preserved appropriately. If the curator agreement is all we get than so be it. Hey...not taxes! In a best case scenario we get to purchase back a small piece of Greenbank to reclaim our heritage and preserve it for future generations.

Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

Professions:
  • 20 year history of working teleconferencing with the fortune 5000
  • 8 yrs experience working in conjunction with the Forest Service, BLM and State Parks.
  • 7 Yrs. contributing journalist for Sand Sports Magazine and   ATV Rider Magazine.
  • Colorado State Parks OHV Grant Review Board/Subcommittee
  • Sales & Marketing Director, TEK-ONE Corporation
Mary Delasantos has been part of the Greenbank Group since its conception in the late 80's.  She was a resident of Hawaii until 1994 when she moved to Colorado. She continues to help conducted several work parties  on Greenbank from Colorado. Mary was instrumental in creating the Greenbank business plan during its conception in 1988.
In addition, she has traveled extensively to help achieve the goals of the Greenbank Group. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : By marriage - James Wight Jr.

Professions:
  • 20 year history of commercial and residential property management.
  • With a marketing degree, Mary has been instrumental in multiple privately owned businesses.
  • Voice of the Vegan - a web based company
Anna MarieSpringer has been part of the Greenbank Group since its conception in the late 80's.  She is currently a resident of Hawaii. She continues to help the Greenbank Group with multiple tasks and provides modest donations annually.
Anna Marie was instrumental in creating the Greenbank business plan during its conception in 1988. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Eliza Yates Wight Mackenzie

Professions:
  • Retired Residencial Bank Vice President, Hawaii

Trevor May lives in Canada and has been part of the Greenbank Group since its conception in the late 80's. He has been instrumental in the Wight family genealogy research and has provided family members with key information into their past. Notably, he has commandeered the Europe genealogy research to its full completion. Trevor has also been a contributor to the Greenbank maintenance program for several years. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Julia May Wight

Professions:
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Leonie Cater lives in New Zealand and has been part of the Greenbank Group since 2004.  She is the last surviving descendant to have lived at Greenbank as of 2009. Leonie has been instrumental in providing key information pertaining to the wight family and the life style they lived. As a little girl she lived for a time on the estate and remembers the grand times that took place there before the family moved away from Greenbank. She has provided us with photos and written documentation including the names associated with the daughters on one particular photo. We are blessed with her presence and her wonderful memory of the family and Greenbank.

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Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Florence  Wight Patton

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Email status : Leonie has no email  but she can be reached through Marie Ballagh. SEE LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
Marie Ballagh lives in New Zealand and has been part of the Greenbank Group since 2004.  She is related to Leonie Cater and has been instrumental in providing key information pertaining to the wight family and the life style they lived. Marie has donated her time and effort to help transcribe several documents so that they can be put in electronic format and added to the Greenbank website.
She corresponds regularly with contributing family members and continues to research the family genealogy. 

Quote: I grew up listening to my grandmother's tales of the family, my whakapapa,  the Maori term for genealogy. It is wonderful to be able to fill in gaps and reconnect.

Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Florence  Wight Patton

Professions:  Retired Psychologist
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Suzanne Alexander Deceased lived in Hawai'i and had been part of the Greenbank Group since it's conception.  She has been instrumental in providing strong family ethics regarding our Hawaiian and European ties. Suzanne understood the necessary bond between the spiritual side of Greenbank and the current day education our descendant may require to understand these matters.
She corresponded regularly with contributing family members and continued to research the family genealogy.  She will be deeply missed by all of us.

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Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Eliza Yates Wight Mackenzie

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Craig Barns lives in California and has been part of the Greenbank Group since it's conception.  He has been instrumental in providing strong family ethics regarding respect for the land and our belief in God which guilds our way through this venture.
Craig was instrumental in the creation of the Greenbank Business Plan and traveled extensively to Greenbank, HI and Northern California to meet with DEA officials. He then help to create the funding accounts and process for the Greenbank Maintenance Program. Craig, his wife Kathy and their children continues to be  strong supporters of Greenbank. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : By Marriage - James Wight Jr.

Professions:
  • State Farm Insurance Agent / CEO, TEK -ONE Corporation
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Lisa Paoa lives in Florida and has been part of the Greenbank Group since 2009.  She has been to Greenbank with her daughter and has tremedous resprct for the spiritual side of her old family estate. Lisa has extensive proffessional eperince and is currently working with the Greenbank group to reinvestigate the potencial of purchasing back a portion of Greenbank.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

Professions:
  • Store Manager
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Ashley Kehaulani Paoa lives in Hawai'i and has been part of the Greenbank Group since 2009.  She has been to Greenbank with her mother and has tremendous respect for the spiritual side of her old family estate. Kehaulani has a genuine interest in Greenbank and plans to help with the goals of the Greenbank Group.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

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Billy Clark lives in Florida and has been part of the Greenbank Group since it's conception.  He has been to Greenbank and has tremendous respect for the spiritual side of his old family estate.
Billy has a genuine interest in Greenbank and plans to help with the goals of the Greenbank Group. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Eliza Yates Wight Mackenzie

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Ernie Chew Deceased lived in California and was part of the Greenbank Group since its conception.  Ernie traveled to Greenbank on multiple occsasions and also made the trip to California to meet with DEA officials.  

Ernie Chew was solely responsible for seeking out and transporting over 5,000 species of plant and tree life to the San Diego Zoo during its conception and completion. He was a world famous botanist and horticulturist and an authority on the majority of the plant life on Greenbank.

He later teamed up with the Greenbank Group in an attempt to convince the DEA we had a valid plan for Greenbank and all the botanical life on the property.

The passing of a true Kamaaina: Ernie Chew has since passed away but his much apprciated work on the Greenbank project continues on through the Greenbank Group.


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Descendant of : Friend of Greenbank

Professions:
  • Botanist and Horticulturist
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Jim & Debbie Wight lives in California and has been part of the Greenbank Group since 2003.  While Jim & Debbie have not been to Greenbank he does have a rather distinguishable name in regards to the family. Jim has supported the Greenbank Mainatanace Program and hopes the Greenbank Group will be able to continue their endevourse to care for the property and potencially purchase some of the land back. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

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  • Retire Fire Department, Chief
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Dianna & Chris Statham live in Victoria, Canada. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.               
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Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Julia May Wight

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Judy Branson lives in Arizona. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Kathy Delasantos lives in California. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

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Lorie Goldbeck lives in California. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

Professions:  Executive Assistant

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Peter May lives in Yorkshire, England. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of :  Dr. Wight's daughter Julia May Wight

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Email Status: Email may be inactive
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Stan Atkins lives in Hawaii. He is a major contributor to the effort at Greenbank. Stan drives several hours across the island for each work party funded by the Greenbank Group. he orchestrates the volunteers and coordinates the effort to keep the area pristine. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Alice Wight

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Steve Delasantos lives in New Mexico. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

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  • Film producer
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Tony Abraham lives in Hawai'i. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Eliza Yates Wight Mackenzie

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Vickie & Joe Guyett live in New York. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

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Fred Delasantos lives in California. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.
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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

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Leah Barber lives in Southern California, The Greenbank website is a wonderful way to step back in time and learn where we came from. My goal for Greenbank is to aid in the return of the property to the family so our grandchildren can have and feel their heritage and to embrace and respect their Hawaiian culture. Lets work hard to return Greenbank to the family.
Leah has contributed funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.


Quote: Life is short, Live Aloha

Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

Professions:
  • Retired Sheriff's dept crime prevention unit
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Sarah Lobosky lives in Nassau, Bahamas. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of :  Dr. Wight's daughter Julia May Wight

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Gabrial & Jeniffer Aldaco live in California. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

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Mary & Marcus Beltran lives in California. Have contributor funds to the Greenbank maintenance program.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

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Email Status: Email may be inactive
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James Parker lives iHawai'i. The Greenbank Group is deaply indeabted to James for all his hard work on Greenbank. He is the most dedicated individual to this project and continually makes an effort to maintain the property and the Wight family graveyard. When funding becomes available we pay James a modest fee to continue his hard work. We are all in debt to James,  we hope he lives for ever!

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Descendant of : Greenbank Group member

Professions:
  • Greenbank Care taker & horticulturist

Email Status: Email is inactive
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Jennifer Wight lives in California. I appreciate all the hard work put into the Greenbank website! I want to help in any way I can. Thank you, Dan!

Quote: Take time to appreciate the small things in life !

Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

Professions:
  • Esthetician
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Shane Abraham lives in Kaneohe, Hawaii. I remember visiting Greenbank with my family when I was about 5 years old around 1976, and the house was still standing.I'm glad I was able to see it. i have very fond memories of that trip. Since then I recently visited  few years ago. It brought back memories seeing all the plants and the gravesites. The trees have grown so tall. I plan to visit again hopefully soon...

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Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Eliza Yates Wight Mackenzie

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Matthew Wight lives in Fullerton, California. He would like to know more about how he is related to Dr. james & Jane Wight.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

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Kristine & Marty Price live in Portland Oregon. Kristine would like to know more about how she is related to Dr. James & Jane Wight and supports our on going efforts.

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Descendant of : James Wight Jr.

Professions:
  • Accounting
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Dayna Atkins lives in Sammamish, Washington. She would like to know more about Dr. James & Jane Wight. Dayna has several photos of Eliza Yates McKenzy at Greenbank.

Quote: My first visit to Greenbank was with my family in 1963.  At that time the house was still standing.  Though barely.  It had been ransacked by vagrants. Books were strewn all over the entry way.  There was a grand piano on the ground floor that obviously was too big for anyone to get out the front door as well as a huge bed frame.  Its a shame that with such a large family no one was able to continue the maintenance on the estate.  What a fabulous legacy we would have all had.

Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Alice Wight

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Dayna Atkins lives in Kailua, HI. He would like to know more about Dr. James & Jane Wight and stay informed as more information becomes available.

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Descendant of : Dr. Wight's daughter Alice Wight

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