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Coco Palms Resort will reopen as a Hyatt

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 10:55 a.m. HST, May 21, 2014

The historic, iconic and once hurricane-devastated Coco Palms Resort on Kauai will reopen under Hyatt Hotels' management, according to an announcement this morning.

Reconstruction of the world-famous property, all but destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992, will begin early next year, with the resort to reopen to guests in 2017.

The resort gained worldwide notoriety when it was used as the location for the 1961 Elvis Presley film "Blue Hawaii." It was originally built in 1953 on grounds that once housed Deborah Kapule Kekaiha'akulou, Kauai's last reigning queen.

From its humble beginnings with 20 guest rooms, the resort expanded to more than 400 guest rooms under the leadership of the late Grace Guslander.

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BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Well, after so many false starts with other companies trying to take over, let's see if this one takes.
on May 21,2014 | 07:03AM
cojef wrote:
Grew up near this legendary site before it became a lodge. A haole family by the name of Hill owned the coconut tree property then. There was rice mill adjacent to the property and a Heiau. Further up the road could be found, huge bell stones and another large Heiau facing Opeika Falls. On the opposite side is located the "Fern Grotto" near the fork of the Wailua River. Skinny dipped this area to pick litchi fruit.
on May 21,2014 | 08:12AM
cojef wrote:
OOps sent for approval for narrating the natural locale of the area.
on May 21,2014 | 08:13AM
samidunn wrote:
I hope they are able to capture it's old charm. We stayed there several times and loved it.
on May 21,2014 | 08:31AM
joeglick wrote:
Will we all be still alive to see it through ?
on May 21,2014 | 11:32AM
Numilalocal wrote:
I'll believe it when I see it...
on May 21,2014 | 03:39PM
CloudForest wrote:
Endless government "red tape" and "compliance or die" issues forced this property to languish for decades. Technocrats gone power hungry ...
on May 21,2014 | 07:32PM
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