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History Hides in Abandoned Coco Palms Hotel

Coco Palms is waiting for the right developer!

As you drive though Wailua and pass the deteriorating Coco Palms Hotel, you can’t understand why this famous hotel has sat vacant since being damaged in Hurricane Iniki on September 11, 1992.

History hides in this hotel and if the remaining walls could talk, we would hear stories of rooms filled with song and laughter, places where lovers came to be married in the Coco Palms Wedding Chapel, and a gathering area where friendships developed that extended for decades.

Among the stories that could be told of former days, would be of perhaps Coco Palms most famous guest, Elvis Presley. Elvis came to Coco Palms Hotel with the Hollywood crew to film “Blue Hawaii.”

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Elvis on set of Blue Hawaii movie at Coco Palms

Elvis stayed at this hotel in one of its bungalows (appropriately named the Elvis Cottage after his first stay), he ate in the dining room with other hotel guests, and even sang with Kauai’s own, Larry Rivera. It is said that Kauai was one of the few places that Elvis was able to visit and not be surrounded by bodyguards. That’s the kind of place that Kauai is. Everyone here is special, so even the Hollywood stars can get lost among Kauai’s wonderful people.

Those of us that remember Coco Palms and the wonderful days and nights spent there, still hope that the right developer will come along and return this back to a quaint Hawaiian hotel, set in the midst of Hawaii’s largest coconut grove, around the lazy lagoon where people want to gather simply because of “how this place makes you feel.” We need someone who will fill these walls with Kauai’s Aloha—whoever you are—Kauai is waiting for you!

Meanwhile, there is a unique plantation home just across the street from the Coco Palms Hotel coconut grove called the Pineapple House. This home (MLS# 244137) has been fully remodeled and restored, but has kept the character of the old Hawaiian Days. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home offered at only $699K–much less than the owners have invested. It is walking distance from the ocean and the Wailua River, and is a legally operating and very popular vacation rental home. Read more about the Pineapple House.

Be sure to check this out as it truly is one-of-a kind, and when the Coco Palms Hotel reopens, you will be able to walk over to the dining room, shopping, and other services that the resort will provide. Meanwhile, you can enjoy your private hot tub with its own waterfall right in your own backyard!

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Kauai’s unique plantation home called the Pineapple House

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View of the living room of the Pineapple House

For more information, please call Ilona at (808) 635-1495, or Lucy (808) 651-5676 as we are ready to help you with your real estate needs. Have a wonderful Aloha day!

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Lucy Adams, RS

June 13, 2011

We certainly welcome a developer who loves Kauai, the history of this Royal Hawaiian land, the fantastic attraction of Coco Palms and who wants to recreate something as unique as this abandoned landmark! Are you out there? We are waiting!

Lucy Adams, RS

June 13, 2011

We certainly welcome a developer who loves Kauai, the history of this Royal Hawaiian land, the fantastic attraction of Coco Palms and who wants to recreate something as unique as this abandoned landmark! Are you out there? We are waiting!

Jen

August 29, 2011

I have recently contacted the realtor that holds the property and if I am successful will restore the Coco Palms to its glory days. I have no price tag in mind at this time but my hope is once in my possession I will move to the island to oversee the renovations of the property and all its features to its original status as a landmark of Kauai. The only changes that I am intent on is seeing the hotel brought up to code, restoring the entire property, adding a Coco Palms Museum in one of the old stores, restoring the Elvis Cottage, adding internet service to entire property, adding satellite service,adding hot tub area, and leasing out the stores to those wishing to open at the hotel. The torch lighting, the conch shell welcome, the weddings, beach area, much of the menu with some updating and new items, and the original drinks menu with some new drinks. I’ve heard ripples that it may need to be razed to add more ground under the structure but whatever measure it takes I am committed to see Coco Palms reopen. The logo will be updated but it will be worthy of the legacy it holds.

I also am very considerate of the many couples that got married there as well as all those that have ever been to Coco Palms its quite a pedestal to live up to those expectations but one that if I become the owner will do my best to accomplish. I have some ideas of giving back to all of them and to Kauai as well once the doors are open.

Ashton & Beverly Clark

August 25, 2012

Jen,

Just saw your post from a year ago. Have you been able to acquire the Coco Palms yet? My wife came up with a great idea to assist with funding. Her idea is to appeal to any and all who have visited the Coco Palms or stayed there in its glory days to donate to the rebuilding fund in order to feel a part of the restoration. We would be willing to donate to the fund as well. If you get this, please respond via email or repost.

Jen

August 29, 2011

I have recently contacted the realtor that holds the property and if I am successful will restore the Coco Palms to its glory days. I have no price tag in mind at this time but my hope is once in my possession I will move to the island to oversee the renovations of the property and all its features to its original status as a landmark of Kauai. The only changes that I am intent on is seeing the hotel brought up to code, restoring the entire property, adding a Coco Palms Museum in one of the old stores, restoring the Elvis Cottage, adding internet service to entire property, adding satellite service,adding hot tub area, and leasing out the stores to those wishing to open at the hotel. The torch lighting, the conch shell welcome, the weddings, beach area, much of the menu with some updating and new items, and the original drinks menu with some new drinks. I’ve heard ripples that it may need to be razed to add more ground under the structure but whatever measure it takes I am committed to see Coco Palms reopen. The logo will be updated but it will be worthy of the legacy it holds.

I also am very considerate of the many couples that got married there as well as all those that have ever been to Coco Palms its quite a pedestal to live up to those expectations but one that if I become the owner will do my best to accomplish. I have some ideas of giving back to all of them and to Kauai as well once the doors are open.

Ashton & Beverly Clark

August 25, 2012

Jen,

Just saw your post from a year ago. Have you been able to acquire the Coco Palms yet? My wife came up with a great idea to assist with funding. Her idea is to appeal to any and all who have visited the Coco Palms or stayed there in its glory days to donate to the rebuilding fund in order to feel a part of the restoration. We would be willing to donate to the fund as well. If you get this, please respond via email or repost.

Lucy Adams, RS

September 4, 2011

What a wonderful undertaking and fabulous gift to Kauai should this materialize! We’d love to provide you with any information you might need to help you assess this project. Good luck. Lucy

Lucy Adams, RS

September 4, 2011

What a wonderful undertaking and fabulous gift to Kauai should this materialize! We’d love to provide you with any information you might need to help you assess this project. Good luck. Lucy

Jack Siart

October 1, 2011

We sincerely hope that this does come to pass. The Coco Palms resort has been closed for far too long. We do invite those that loved Coco Palms to stay at the Pineapple House (www.vrbo.com/174696) across the street and to take one of the daily tours of the resort grounds.

Jack Siart

October 1, 2011

We sincerely hope that this does come to pass. The Coco Palms resort has been closed for far too long. We do invite those that loved Coco Palms to stay at the Pineapple House (www.vrbo.com/174696) across the street and to take one of the daily tours of the resort grounds.

Brian

April 29, 2012

Can anyone tour the property since it is vacant? We are flying to the island this fall (August 2012) and were hoping to see where Blue Hawaii was filmed and the legendary Coco Palms.

I hope that Jen listed above is able to restore the property to its former glory. I’d much rathered stayed at the Coco Palm than the Hyatt where we are staying mostly because of the hotel’s history and beauty.

Brian

Brian

April 29, 2012

Can anyone tour the property since it is vacant? We are flying to the island this fall (August 2012) and were hoping to see where Blue Hawaii was filmed and the legendary Coco Palms.

I hope that Jen listed above is able to restore the property to its former glory. I’d much rathered stayed at the Coco Palm than the Hyatt where we are staying mostly because of the hotel’s history and beauty.

Brian

Steve Henderson

May 16, 2012

Unbelievable that no one has come to the aid of the Coco Palms Hotel. Honeymooned here in 1977 and what a beautiful place this was. From Indiana and it took over 30 years to redo The West Baden Springs Hotel a National Landmark, Is the Coco Palms a National Landmark? If not it should be. Someone like Trump should take this over and rebuild. State should give tax breaks to anyone who would redo this hotel.

Steve Henderson

May 16, 2012

Unbelievable that no one has come to the aid of the Coco Palms Hotel. Honeymooned here in 1977 and what a beautiful place this was. From Indiana and it took over 30 years to redo The West Baden Springs Hotel a National Landmark, Is the Coco Palms a National Landmark? If not it should be. Someone like Trump should take this over and rebuild. State should give tax breaks to anyone who would redo this hotel.

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