resort made popular by Elvis Presley in the 1960s will soon be demolished to
make way for a new 350-room hotel.
According to The
Associated Press, the Coco Palms Resort on the island of Kauai was the
backdrop for the 1961 film Blue Hawaii starring Presley and Joan
Blackman and became a hotspot for Hollywood stars visiting the state.
While the property was held in high regard for years, the
resort was damaged when Hurricane Iniki hit the island in 1992 and fell into disrepair.
While several companies attempted to restore the prestige of the hotel over the
years, all the projects failed.
As a result, Reef Capital Partners managing partner Patrick
Manning said the company is looking to repurpose the 46-acre property with a $250
million construction project that is estimated to take three years to complete.
Manning revealed the company plans to build a new hotel and a
cultural center to honor the property’s history, but Kauai Council Chairman Mel
Rapozo said there is a portion of the local community against the construction
of a resort on the property.
Resort famous for Elvis’ #Blue#Hawaii movie will be rebuilt,it was heavily damaged by a hurricane 30yr ago
Coco Palms Resort on island of #Kauai will be torn down for a new 350-room hotel
The 19 hectare grounds were once home to Kauai’s last queen,Deborah Kapule,who died in 1853 pic.twitter.com/vWzVzuxjr9
— Hans Solo (@thandojo) April 16, 2023
“Even though we know there are many that don’t want it
rebuilt, we intend to be viewed and earn a reputation for doing everything we
can to honor its past and respect the people of Kauai and guests of Kauai and
how we manage its future,” Manning told The AP.
Earlier this month, Hawaii’s state government revealed it
would consider a new law requiring tourists to pay for a yearlong
pass to visit parks and trails as part of an effort to offset the damage
done by travelers to the coral reefs, dolphin habitats and other environmental
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