The Coco Palms Resort Hotel is located on 241 Kuhio Highway in the town of Kapaa, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
The Coco Palms Hotel resides in the midst of a coconut grove that was planted in 1896. The resort began in 1953 with 24 rooms with the help of Lyle Guslander. On the opening night the resort and its 4 staff members received only 2 guests, a small beginning for one of the most famous hotels of Kauai. It gained exposure when it was featured in the 1953 film Miss Sadie Thompson but gained massive exposure in the 1961 Elvis Presley movie Blue Hawaii. These movie features increased the clientele at the Coco Palms Resort and business boomed until the 1970’s when the oil energy crisis took place and caused slow business all over the country. The Coco Palms Hotel braved forward and continued to be moderately successful into the 1980’s.
In 1992, Hurrican Iniki struck Kauai and severely damaged the hotel with its 145 mile per hour winds. The Coco Palms Resort was the oldest hotel on the island and had been built on holy Hawaiian ground. This caused delays in repairs and many of the insurance company’s that offered coverage filed bankruptcy at the extent of damage caused by Huricane Iniki. There are many cultural activist who fight and stand against the repairing of the Coco Palms and redevelopment for the site has been stalled for the past 25 years.
In February of 2013, 4 of the Coco Palms Resort doors that were hand carved from Koa wood and 8 feet tall each were stolen. The walls of the hotel were broken just to make a way out with these 200 pound doors that were valued at $50,000 dollars each. Much of the hotel has been vandalized with many of the unique fixtures of the hotel having been stolen.
There were plans announced at the end of 2013 that Coco Palms Hui LLC had intentions of buying the property and begin restorations to the hotel in early 2014.
A popular spot is #56 the ‘King’s Cottage’, the cabin allegedly owned by Elvis Presley that resides towards the back of the hotel.
Where is the abandoned Coco Palms Resort located? You can find it with these coordinates. 22.049294, -159.33586.
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