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NEWS: The COCO Palms to re-open in 2008
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Posted: 2007-09-17 05:09 am   Permalink

Coco Palms restoration in Limbo???

SAY IT AIN'T SO!
http://starbulletin.com/print/2005.php?fr=/2007/09/15/business/story01.html

Sadly,
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Posted: 2007-09-17 07:00 am   Permalink

That is sad news....it sounded like the plans would have been conducive to a good restoration. Hopefully no private investors in the condos will be out any cash.
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Posted: 2007-09-17 3:35 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-09-17 05:09, rupe33 wrote:
Coco Palms restoration in Limbo???

SAY IT AIN'T SO!
http://starbulletin.com/print/2005.php?fr=/2007/09/15/business/story01.html

Sadly,
Rupe




cocopalms has left the building
http://www.kauaiworld.com/articles/2007/09/14/news/news01.txt

Elvis was here ... but Hawaii hotel won't be rebuilt
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2003884694_webkauaihotel14.html



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Posted: 2007-09-17 4:42 pm   Permalink

Looking at the articles, it appears competing interests clashed in planning this project, but I smell something else as well...

One wonders what part of the process we will never learn.



 
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Posted: 2007-09-19 5:13 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-09-17 05:09, rupe33 wrote:
Coco Palms restoration in Limbo???

SAY IT AIN'T SO!
http://starbulletin.com/print/2005.php?fr=/2007/09/15/business/story01.html

Sadly,
Rupe




COCO PALMS FOR SALE !!!
owners scrap plans for a revival
http://starbulletin.com/2007/09/19/business/story02.html

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Posted: 2007-09-28 10:44 am   Permalink

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2007/09/28/alohafriday092807.DTL&type=travel

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Posted: 2007-10-14 10:38 am   Permalink

Sunday, October 14, 2007

'Blue Hawaii' hotel in trouble again
Developer puts Coco Palms, closed since 1992, up for sale.

By GARY A. WARNER
The Orange County Register


The long-delayed resurrection of the beloved Coco Palms resort on the Hawaiian island of Kauai has taken another turn for the worse.

The Associated Press reported this past weekend that the latest developer to try to make a go of the property, closed since Hurricane Iniki in 1992, has decided to pull the plug on the project and put the remnants of the hotel up for sale.

A big chunk of the 1961 Elvis Presley movie "Blue Hawaii" was filmed at the Coco Palms. The hotel, on the east coast of the Garden Island, was an early pioneer in tourism of the outer islands, beyond Oahu's famous Waikiki. Kauai's last reigning queen, Queen Deborah Kapule, lived on the land in the middle of the 19th century.

Donna Apisa, the listing agent for the sale of 200 condominiums at the project, told The Associated Press that the developer is going to auction that land later this year. The prospects for the property have risen and fallen with the market for housing and hotels on Kauai.

After Hurricane Iniki, government officials have required changes to the site to prevent future flooding. The location, near the bustling Coconut Coast and across a busy highway from the beach, made the locale less desirable than those of hotels that were built later.

Apisa said the county Planning Commission's rejection of Coco Palms Ventures' plan to build a full-scale fitness spa at the property was one reason for the sale.

This isn't the first time a plan to reopen the historic property has fallen through. The property had been purchased by the Lincoln Consulting Group of Newport Beach. James R. Reed, the group's director, planned to create a property that would recall the Polynesian charm of the original.

Instead, the hotel went back to being a darkened wreck on the highway between the airport and Wailua, and is the last major hotel on Kauai that has not reopened or been razed after the hurricane.

The Coco Palms is best-known as the filming site of "Blue Hawaii." The film caught the hotel in its heyday, when it was a 47-acre tropical playground of lagoons and more than 2,000 swaying palms.

"The Coco Palms had an atmosphere of a Polynesian paradise that other hotels aspired to, but could never achieve," writes David Cisan of Kapaa, Kauai, on his hotel fan site,
www.coco-palms.com.

The arrival of new guests in those days was heralded by a conch-blowing doorman. Rooms featured huge, seashell-shaped washbasins. Across the road, the hotel's beachfront Seashell Restaurant was a popular hangout for sun-blissed tourists. At sunset, the palm grove was the scene of a tiki-torch lighting ceremony that was quickly copied by hotels all over the islands.

Much of the romance and hoopla was created by Grace Buscher Guslander, the hotel's longtime manager. The lady transplanted from Collegeville, Pa., became a tourism legend, creating an ambience that wasn't so much Hawaiian as people's fantasies of what Hawaii should be.

Guslander won't see the end of her beloved hotel. She died this past spring, weeks after the Kauai Planning Commission approved the plan to bulldoze the Coco Palms' carcass. Yet she endured the long agony of the property in the years after the hurricane

The location of the resort, one of the earliest on the island, near busy Lihue and across a noisy highway from a mediocre beach, made it less attractive to the sun-and-fun crowd as resorts sprouted in the '70s and '80s. Guslander sold the hotel in 1985. By the early '90s, the hotel and its reputation had deteriorated.

The death blow came on Sept. 11, 1992, when Hurricane Iniki slammed into the island, devastating the Coco Palms and other hotels. One by one the others reopened, but the Coco Palms, mired in insurance tangles and other squabbles, remained shuttered, its famed palm orchard sprouting "No Trespassing!" signs.

On the face of it, the Coco Palms' demise is part of a sad trend of recent years. The tourists' Hawaii of the 1950s and early '60s tried to create a Polynesian fantasyland: low-slung, laid-back, with copious gardens. These picture postcards of the Hawaiian dream are disappearing, replaced by generic condo developments.

What remains are the lagoons and the famous palm orchard. The current owners had moved far enough along on their plans to launch a glossy advertising campaign for the residential units it was selling and to plan on reopening a smaller hotel portion by the end of 2008.
(ocregister.com)



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Posted: 2007-10-14 12:36 pm   Permalink

Oh how I wish I had massive mula!!! I hope somebody buys it that will restore it to its original splendor and atmosphere. It is so sad to see it sit in such ruin, but maybe it is for a reason. I liked the idea of condos and a spa with a hotel option...it sounded great.
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Posted: 2007-11-18 1:52 pm   Permalink

"...
Thursday, November 15, 2007

Travel Talk: "Blue Hawaii" memories
Reminiscing about Kauai's "Coco Palms" hotel
By GARY A. WARNER

Hi Gary. I was totally shocked to discover that the hotel
in which I had vacationed more than 25+ years ago, "The Coco Palms,"
will be torn down.

I just cannot fathom that which was once a gem could be destroyed.
I truly thank you so much for the article which brought back so many lovely memories of my stay there.
That hotel was a true paradise.

I remember first seeing it in a postcard and told the travel agent,
"This is where I want to stay."
Regardless of all the others the agent offered, I wanted to stay there and did.
I also wanted to thank you for the history behind the hotel.
I had no idea that Elvis had filmed the movie, 'Blue Hawaii' there.
If I would have known all these tidbits now I would have relished even more my stay.
I don't know if you are old enough or if you ever saw it in person
to experience it when it was so lovely.
I searched and found a picture from back then.
This is how I want to remember it, but I will save your article.
I don't know why, I guess to remind me that all things eventually will pass.
I will have to contact my friend who also stayed there.
I regret having to give her the bad news, because we always brought up
that hotel when speaking of Hawaii.
I again thank you for bringing back all the lovely memories
of Kauai and, "The Coco Palms."
I loved your article. Take care.
Sincerely – G.V., O.C.



Thanks for the nice note. Yes, I was able to see the Coco Palms once, in the early 1990s,
while it was still open, though it was in decline.
I thought about staying there but on that trip decided instead to check out another hotel up in Hanalei.
I thought "next time" I'll stay at the Coco Palms.
Then came Hurricane Iniki.
I've been waiting and now it increasingly looks like there may be no next time.

The fact that there have been three plans to revitalize the property shows that there is incredible drawing power to the place.
Hopefully another plan will come up before the Kauai local just throws in the towel and just bulldozes the place and puts up a strip mall or something else.
The Coco Palms as it is today is such an eyesore, so damaged by the hurricane and then so many years of neglect, now that it would be almost impossible to save anything recognizable.
Most everything would have to be recreated, though the grounds with the ponds, palms and meandering rivers are still there.
I plan on keeping on top of the story, so check back ...
Thanks for reading.
..."
(http://www.ocregister.com/travel/palms-stay-hotel-1923021-coco-know)



 
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Posted: 2008-02-04 08:18 am   Permalink

"...
January 28th, 2008
State senator proposes public purchase of shuttered Kauai resort

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP)
State Senator Gary Hooser is proposing having the state and some still undetermined partners buy Coco Palms Resort on Kauai's east side and convert it into a historic park.

Hooser, who represents Kauai and Niihau, introduced a bill requesting
the appropriation of $10 million for the purchase.

The resort has been close since Hurricane Iniki inflicted heavy damage in 1992.

Coco Palms Ventures bought the resort in March 2006,
planning a 220 million dollar development
to include 200 condos and 48 bungalows.

But the developer decided to put it up for sale in September
before the plans could get under way

Coco Palms was once inhabited by Kauai's Hawaiian royalty.
In the mid-1800s, it was home to the island's last reigning queen, Deborah Kapule.
..."
(kpua.net)



 
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Posted: 2008-02-04 08:24 am   Permalink

"...
Kauai finds itself at a bittersweet crossroads
By Laura Bly, USA TODAY

KOLOA, Kauai
This winter's candlelight vigils and banner-waving protesters are gone,
their legal challenges exhausted.
Soon, bulldozers could roll past Koloa's wooden sidewalks,
clucking chickens and stop sign plastered with a "Die Developers Die"
bumper sticker, ready to transform a ragtag grove of monkeypod trees
into a shopping center.
But here in Hawaii's oldest sugar plantation town,
little more than a coconut's throw from the burgeoning tourist resort of Poipu,
the stymied effort to preserve what local shopkeeper Lee Jacobson Rowen calls
"the soul of Koloa" is a symbol of a much bigger fight for Kauai's identity —
and future.

...
The paper continues: "For those who live here, the rewards are obvious.
The negatives are also evident: traffic, overrun areas that were
once secret or sacred, expansions of the tourism infrastructure.
And though that infrastructure benefits residents in many ways,
it also fosters the 'us and them' mentality.
Resentment builds (and) visitors become the target."

Targets or no, visitors are thronging to the island Elvis Presley put on the vacation map with his 1961 movie Blue Hawaii, one of more than 50 films that have used Kauai's lush, staggeringly gorgeous scenery as a stand-in for paradise.

A record 1.27 million tourists arrived in 2007, aided by a boost in non-stop flights from the mainland and almost-daily calls by cruise ships. Despite a statewide economic slowdown and slump in real estate sales, the outlook for Kauai — where at least a third of the island economy is directly related to tourism — is "more ebullient than any other part of the state," noted First Hawaiian Bank's Leroy Laney.

...

If any property represents Kauai's struggle to find
a balance between preservation and growth,
it's the Coco Palms.

Opened on the island's east coast in 1953 amid coconut palms
planted by Hawaiian royalty, the hotel catapulted to fame
as the setting for Blue Hawaii but was never rebuilt after Iniki.
Despite a string of revival efforts — the most recent would have included
200 luxury condos and a fitness spa — it remains a crumbling eyesore
along the main highway, its blown-out roof shingles gaping like missing teeth.

"This place had the aloha spirit from Day One,"
says sixth-generation Kauaian Larry Rivera, 77.
Rivera started as a busboy and wound up as headliner, hobnobbing with the likes of Elvis and Ricardo Montalban, whose Fantasy Island series included scenes filmed on Kauai. He now croons Kauai, the Last Paradise during weekly gigs at the nearby Hilton, but still officiates about two dozen Blue Hawaii weddings a year from the same lagoon-side spot where Elvis said his celluloid vows.

A new Coco Palms plan, proposed in the Hawaii legislature late last month,
would use public and private funding to transform the onetime home of the island's last reigning queen into a historic park and cultural center — including the wedding chapel that helped bring Elvis, and Kauai, so much fame.

For his part, Rivera wants to see his iconic haunt returned to its resort glory days.
But he's mindful, too, of the lyrics to a song he recorded in 1999:
"This is one island, many peoples, all Kauaian. …
Hawaii belongs to everyone, to take care of and share."
..."
(http://asp.usatoday.com/travel...)


 
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Posted: 2008-02-23 09:50 am   Permalink

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Coco Palms being considered for park site


State Sen. Gary Hooser this week proposed a plan to convert
an Eastside eye sore into a public park.
The Kaua‘i Democrat introduced a bill in the Senate requesting an appropriation of $10 million in matching funds to buy Coco Palms Resort — still shuttered after Hurricane ‘Iniki ravaged the island in 1992.

The legislation calls for the acquisition of the resort and its conversion into a public historical park and cultural education center to preserve and benefit native Hawaiian culture.

“It’s a very long shot,” Hooser said Friday. “But I think we should try. There’s a fair number of people in the community talking about the concept.”

Kapa‘a resident Marcia Kay Sacco, who runs
www.kauai-wedding.com, said the park would be “a wonderful asset to our community and visitors alike.”

“Personally, out of respect for the kanaka maoli and their ancestors, Coco Palms should be preserved as a cultural public park and educational center,” she said.

It would be unlikely for the state to be willing to pay the whole price and manage such a facility, Hooser said, which is why Senate Bill 3221 asks for matching funds.

“I’m hoping we’ll find a partner — maybe two or three,” the senator said. “This would put the property to use the way it deserves to be.”

The bill instructs the state Land and Natural Resources Department to enter into negotiations with parties who might match funds with the state and contribute developmental and operational expertise, a news release says. Organizations such as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, Kamehameha Schools, Kaua‘i County and other federal officials and agencies will be approached.

“There’s still a long way to go to make it a reality,” Hooser said.

A state-leased coconut grove comprising half of the 35 acres where the resort sits in Wailua could be part of the park, he said.

“We are in a declining real estate market,” Hooser said. “The property would be very challenging to develop.”

Coco Palms Ventures bought the resort in March 2006, planning a $220 million development to include 200 condos and 48 bungalows.

But the developer decided to put it up for sale in September 2007, partly blaming the county Planning Commission after it rejected a plan for a full-scale fitness spa.

Some residents, such as Hooser, say the developer simply
“missed the market” and wants a way out.
Coco Palms Ventures could not be reached for comment at press time.

The property remains on the market, but real estate agents said yesterday that there are some serious buyers and a purchase and sale agreement may be in place. This could not be verified at press time.

Hooser first suggested the idea of turning the resort into a park
five years ago, but the idea never found footing.

The bill calls for an extensive community process to determine the needs and desires of local residents and a community advisory board composed of local residents, native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, former Coco Palms employees and others who are familiar with the area’s history, the news release says.

Coco Palms was once inhabited by Kaua‘i’s ali‘i, and the area around the mouth of the Wailua River was once the birthing place of chiefs and the home of royalty and numerous heiau. In the mid-1800s, it was home to the island’s last reigning queen, Deborah Kapule, the release says.

Agricultural pursuits around the beginning of the 20th century included the copra and coconut plantation of William Lindeman and numerous rice and taro farmers. Coco Palms also provided the setting for the finale wedding scene in Elvis Presley’s 1961 “Blue Hawaii.”

The resort still houses 2,000-tree coconut groves and is the largest of only three similar groves in the entire state of Hawai‘i. However, it has been deserted for the past 16 years and remains in a state of what Hooser’s bill calls “extreme disrepair,” with the exception of its wedding chapel that continues to host the popular Blue Hawaii weddings, the release states.

To provide public testimony on the bill, e-mail miura@capitol.hawaii.gov
or call 808-586-6030. To read the bill in its entirety,
visit capitol.hawaii.gov
..."
(kauaiworld)



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Posted: 2009-04-01 2:31 pm   Permalink

"...
Community group forms in hopes of purchasing Coco Palms
By The Garden Island
Published: Sunday, March 29, 2009 2:11 AM HST

WAILUA — The Friends of Coco Palms, an ad-hoc steering committee, has formed in an effort to purchase the historic Coco Palms property for public benefit, a news release said this week.

The purpose behind its formation is to preserve the unique natural features and culture of the property, while making it available for public use.

Sponsored by the Kauai Public Land Trust, the group intends to work with the community to determine the best use of the property, including strategies to acquire the property and plan for its long term protection and management.

The property has remained shuttered and untouched since it was damaged by Hurricane ‘Iniki in 1992, and the property is in decay and begging for rescue, the release said. Formed in 2007, the committee seeks to pave the way for a Coco Palms future that is culturally based, historically respectful, publicly accessible and cherished by Kauaians for generations to come.

The Friends of Coco Palms is led by an executive committee comprised of Pat Griffin, Diane Zachary and Sen. Gary Hooser. Additional members include: Gary and Beryl Blaich, Andy Bushnell, Bill Chase, Robin Danner, Puna Dawson, Christobel Kealoha, Linda Pizzitola and Rayne Regush.

The release says that the committee’s intent is to fund a development plan for the Coco Palms Resort that will include a comprehensive community vision for the property and a solid estimate of the costs needed to put that plan into action. Once a vision for the property has been created, the group hopes to reach an accommodation with the current landowner for the purchase of the property and begin securing public and private funds for acquisition.

To begin this process, the committee has set an initial fundraising goal of $25,000 and, to date, it has successfully raised $5200. The money will reportedly be used for administrative support and to pay start-up costs associated with grant writing, publicity, and organization building.

In addition the committee has begun the second stage of fundraising, applying for various larger grants that will enable them to begin the community discussion, hire professionals who can make assessments of the property and develop possibilities for its self supporting, viable future.

The Friends of Coco Palms have posted a survey on their Web site,
www.friendsofcocopalms.org and community members are strongly encouraged to visit the site, take the online survey and sign-up to become a “Friend of Coco Palms”, or make a donation towards the group’s efforts.
..."
http://www.kauaiworld.com/articles/2009/03/29/business/kauai_business/doc49cefa3dc667d037896722.txt


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