Since Hurricane Iniki tore it apart in 1992, the historic resort has sat dilapidated. A site for sore eyes as many of our lives are intwined by the Coco Palms. Kauai’s Kama’aina either worked at the landmark, had aunties and uncles that did, or frequented the resort as it was home to many concerts for local famous musicians. Even visitors who have been coming to Kauai can share their memories of their visits to the famous hotel. Coco Palms was featured in many movies in the 1950s and 1960s.
A Breath of Life
Demolition is to begin in the next 4 to 6 weeks and is the first step towards revitalizing the resort and the entire property, including the old Shells Restaurant. It is scheduled to open in 2017 as a Hyatt property. A private ceremonial land blessing will take place at the hotel property today. The property will feature 350 rooms and is an estimated $135 million project.
I am excited to see what is in store for the property and am happy that it will once again employ Kauai Kama’aina.