I have some great news for you! This week it was announced that the old Coco Palms Resort is in escrow and is scheduled to be rebuilt. The best part of this news is that they plan to rebuild the historic hotel as it once was! Wouldn't that be cool?
The old resort was destroyed back in 1992 when hurricane Iniki hit Kauai. The Coco Palms has become more of an eye sore as the years have gone by. It's literally rotting away and falling down. But, it was once a beauty! Have you seen the Elvis movie, Blue Hawaii? Many of the Blue Hawaii footage was filmed at the hotel, including the famous wedding scene; where Elvis sang the beautiful, "Hawaiian Wedding Day" song to his beloved while floating down a picturesque water way .
The Garden Island, Kauai's local newspaper writes:
WAILUA — The iconic Coco Palms Resort in Wailua received a new breath of life. An Oahu-based group of investors announced Thursday the property is in escrow, and they have already secured demolition permits.
“This is so exciting,” singer-songwriter Larry Rivera screamed as he walked onto the property, both hands in the air throwing shakas. He started his career at Coco Palms in 1951, and worked there until the hotel shut down following Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
“If everything goes well, we’ll start construction in the first or second quarter of next year,” said Chad Waters, one of the members of the newly-formed Coco Palms Hui LLC.
Waters and Tyler Green represent a group of local investors who want to rebuild the property as a “2014 version of the original Coco Palms.”
Léo Azambuja - The Garden Island