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Coco Palms Resort, was the main filming location for Elvis Presley's 1961 film, "Blue Hawaii." Coco Palms, opened its doors to guests on January 25th, 1953. Numerous celebrities have vacationed at Coco Palms.
Unfortunately, the Coco Palms has been closed since being hit by Hurricane Iniki in September of 1992. The hotel and property grounds are in serious dilapidated condition.
Following its closure after Iniki’s devastating toll, the hotel continued to attract visitors happy to pay for a tour of the damaged property and enjoy a look at the bungalow where Elvis stayed, or pass a few moments near the famous lagoon location of the “Blue Hawaii” wedding scene, which has remained a popular wedding venue for couples even in recent years.
Chad Waters and Tyler Green, are the local investors who had the dream and plans of rebuilding, Coco Palms. The builders to fulfill the dream are Craig Kawakami Builders. Once rebuilding starts, "Construction on the 363-room hotel, according to Coco Palms Hui, LLC and Hyatt officials, is slated to begin in early 2015." The resort’s redevelopment plan, according to Hyatt officials, will preserve the original footprint of the property and signature lagoon but require the rebuilding of about 331 guest rooms, 32 bungalows, multiple restaurants, lounges and swimming pools. Coco Palms will be rebuilt with the existing square footage, under the guidance of what is allowed by the Iniki Ordinance. The three main buildings will be stripped down to their concrete structure. All wooden buildings will be rebuilt just the way they were before the hurricane.
“Our endeavor to revitalize the grounds and rebuild, all while preserving the soul of the iconic resort, is an ambitious project,” Coco Palms Hui, LLC Principal Tyler Greene said in a statement released Wednesday. “Hyatt is the perfect leader to steer a thoughtful, honorable and rejuvenated guest experience at The Coco Palms Resort.”
“The iconic Coco Palms resort embodied hospitality with a commitment to the Hawaiian culture,” Kauai Visitors Bureau Executive Director Sue Kanoho wrote in an email. “We are excited to hear the Hyatt will be responsible for the brand of the new Coco Palms Resort and look forward to the return of the popular resort for all to enjoy.”
When completed, the Coco Palms Resort will become the second hotel on Kauai to hold the Hyatt brand name. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Poipu, which opened in 1991, was the first hotel on the island to be operated by the global hospitality company.
“We look forward to welcoming a new generation of visitors to The Coco Palms Resort along with our owners Coco Palms Hui, LLC., all the while recognizing and honoring the spirit and history of the resort,” said Jordan Meisner, senior vice president of operations for Hyatt.