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Coco Palms Resort Hotel, Kauai, HI (Hotel)
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Joined: Feb 17, 2012
Posts: 331
From: Drifting on my outrigger canoe
Posted: 2013-03-13 5:12 pm   Permalink

I'm not just into films but also Hawaiian architecture. I was educated to be an architect but fell into the film industry. My two main hobbies are post western Hawaiian architecture and South Seas Cinema. Both hobbies have a Polynesian commercial art aspect to them. I use to be a freelanced architectural critic for the local papers. In Hawaiian Architecture there is the double pitched roof that evolved from over-flowing members of early christian churches in the mid 1800s AND the Polynesian Pop 56/60s era architecture that we all are familiar with, with the basic A-frame design. But the Coco Palms was special, it's main lobby and dinning room A-frame was modeled after ancient Hawaiian hut architecture. It has a curving or bulging A-frame. Actually a rare site. Note Picts below:
See hut sample bottom right:

Favorite Post Card of Coco Palms Lobby

In a dream if I was the consultant for the design of the new Disney Aulani Resort on O'ahu I would tell them to base there design on the Coco Palms. To my amazement they did. They won't admit it but the evidence is clear:
Coco Palms exterior:

Aulani exterior:

Coco Palms exterior detail:

Aulani exterior detail:

Coco Palms lobby now:

Aulani lobby drawing:

Thank you everyone for posting and preserving photos of the old resort site even though the Coco Palm ruins are the saddist thing in Modern Hawaiian Architecture history. I'm glad SOUTH PARK did a homage to it even with the Elvis ghost and I'm glad Disney did their research and they also did a homeage to the Coco Palms again even though they wont admit it. Long live the King (Elvis) and the King's Castle of Poly Pop architecture the COCO PALMS! BTW I think the Aulani is the most significant Poly Pop revival architecture today. Check it out TCers.

P.S. Even Stitch who does an Elvis impersonation hangs around the Aulani resort. How's that for a connection.

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