Pacific Business News and KHON News reported this week that demolition of the long-abandoned Coco Palms Resort is scheduled to begin in the next 1-2 months. The resort is planned to open to the public once again in 2017, as a Hyatt-branded hotel with approximately 331 guest rooms and 32 bungalows, along with multiple restaurants, lounges and swimming pools. Additionally, a community center highlighting the cultural significance of the suite will be located on the property, which will serve to educate residents and visitors about the area’s native culture, history and arts. Development of the resort is estimated to cost in excess of $100 million. The redevelopment team includes Agor Architecture, Philpotts & Associates and McKelvey Associates.
The Coco Palms Resort was originally built in 1953, with just over 20 guest rooms on grounds that were once home to Kauai’s last reining queen, Queen Deborah Kapule Kekaihaakulou. In 1961, the on-property filming of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” made the Coco Palms Resort world famous. Subsequently, the resort was expanded to over 400 guest rooms and was a very popular visitor destination until it was devastated by Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
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