Joined: Apr 02, 2002
From: SF bay area, CA
|Posted: 2012-09-14 12:03 am  Permalink|
Maybe it's fitting to have a burst of new info about the Coco Palms now, since it was 20 years ago, almost to the day (9/11/1992 !!!), that hurricane Iniki hit Kauai and caused the damage that triggered the end of an era.
Here are some screencaps circa 1961 from Blue Hawaii scenes at the Coco Palms, with some modern day views intermingled. Unfortunately I don't have a great copy of Blue Hawaii, so the quality is so-so...
The Coco Palms wagon pulling off the highway into the hotel
Horseback riding - that's the chapel in the background on the left
Inside the same chapel building now
Here's one of the two bridges on the path to the dining area
Same bridge (far left) as the group walks to their cottages. The dining area is behind the group (offscreen to the right), but doesn't appear in any shots. And the dining area A-frame with the giant conch shell wasn't there yet.
Almost identical view, at night with the torch ceremony
Dialog beside the fire pit
Same fire pit (or same location anyway, may have been rebuilt sometime)
Inside Elvis / Chad's cottage, we see him standing at the shell sink and it almost looks like the gold tiles are there. Someone's knocking?
Oh, it's just that pesky Ellie
Similar shot today, supposedly this was the exact same cottage. Probably sometime someone said the original natural colors were too dark, so the shutters and the lava rocks along the lower wall have been painted white.
Opposite that door is this back door...
...which is the same door the girls are running out
And now they're clustered around the outdoor shower
Here's one of those outdoor lava rock showers now. It must've been rebuilt with rougher rock.
Now for a little plot stuff - the girl's teacher is excited about something, and it seems she's excited about Elvis / Chad
Just then Chad's girlfriend Maile is walking up (note how the path ends, which means this is the very first cottage)
Looks bad to Maile, but it's really just a happy hug, because...
...the teacher was happy because she found love. This must be in one of the lagoon dining areas.
Elvis / Chad runs to Maile's cottage. Here's that current view of the cottage exterior again.
Running to tell Maile the good news...
She's not in the mood to hear his news
Back to the lovebirds on the lagoon
Big business deal in the bar
Everything else is speedily resolved, and we get the famous lagoon wedding scene
Launching from the area of the same two bridges near the dining lounges, the ones they walked across earlier
Here's the view today from roughly the same spot, looking up the lagoon