When we first started this project, we had no idea how successful it would be. We thought that maybe Annie Maria Holt had been gone for too long for many to take interest. We knew that the economy is tough right now. We realized that our project was to take place during the dreaded April 15th tax season. Many thoughts like these prepared us for a subdued campaign.
Yet in just 5 days, Holts from many branches of the family and from all over the country came together to raise all that we need to replace a proper marker for Annie Maria Holt, one that has been missing for at least 90 years. Our minimal goal to construct a concrete base with a bronze marker was quickly surpassed and we entered the collections level necessary for a nice quality granite base. Oahu Cemetery strongly recommended that we go with the Georgia Gray Granite base because they had it in stock and they also felt its color would best compliment the bronze plaque.
So compliments to the extended Holt family. It isn’t often that the biggest challenge in operating a fund raising effort is to ensure that you don’t collect too much. I have a list of individuals who still wanted to donate but to whom we had to apologize to and let them know that we have raised enough. I even have another list of a few individuals who contacted me privately over the past few weeks to let me know that they would personally make up any difference in funds if we came up short for any reason. The interest and generosity of The Fabulous Holts have been overwhelming!
Thank you to everyone who helped with this project; donors, Committee Members and of course those individuals who did all of the research that made this possible.
"One can tell the morals of a culture by the way they treat their dead."
The monument honoring the final resting place of Annie Maria Holt was placed by family members on the morning of July 5, 2012. It is located in the area that Oahu Cemetery records show her remains were moved to nearly 100 years ago. See map below. It is in the smaller cemetery across Nuuanu Avenue from the main cemetery, next to the stone wall that runs along the mauka border, just Diamond Head of the Hanakaulani Holt plot near the Cunha family plot.
Aloha Oe by Ray Kinney, husband of Hanakaulani Dawn Holt