Demolition of Kauai’s long-shuttered Coco Palms Resort is scheduled to begin in the next 30 or 60 days, clearing the way for the redevelopment of the iconic property into a Hyatt-branded hotel.
The iconic resort, which was approved by the Kauai Planning Commission, will reopen as a Hyatt-branded property in the spring of 2017, according to Chad Waters, a managing partner with Coco Palms Hui LLC, the developer of the project.
The resort, which was made famous when it was featured in the Elvis Presley movie “Blue Hawaii,” suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Iniki in 1992 and never reopened. Coco Palms Hui has plans to rebuild the resort with about 350 rooms, with rates reflecting the average daily rate on Kauai — about $225. Hawaii Chef Jean-Marie Josselin will run the Coco Palms Seashell Restaurant.
It’s estimated that the redevelopment of the resort will cost more than $100 million. The redevelopment team includes Agor Architecture, Philpotts & Associates and McKelvey Associates. A construction firm has yet to be chosen.