The Coco Palms Resort
Steve’s breakdown: Maybe you’ve heard of the Coco Palms Resort. Think the ultimate Western-Cultured Hawaiian Resort, Elvis and Lu-Wow Weddings.
Right now the brand doesn’t exist but it’s on the island waiting to happen. As far as we know, Hyatt is the company to resurrect this legendary hotel so check in with Amanda Bryant at [email protected] and (312) 780-5539. She’s the Director of Investor Relations and we suspect she’ll have more info than most
Or check in with Hyatt’s Kauai Hotel and Resort on the island. Their number is 808 742 1234
Good Sunday Reading:
WAILUA, HI: Coco Palms Resort was a resort hotel in Wailuā, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi that was noted for its Hollywood connections, Hawaiian themed weddings, torch-lightings, destruction by a hurricane and long standing land disputes. The land is on or near some of the most important legends, historical events and culturally significant spots to Native Hawaiians. The land the Coco Palms Resort sits on is ancient Hawaiian royal property that has been in dispute since 1866 beginning with the petition of Junius Kaae along with Kapiolani, Kalakaua and others. Their petition, attempting to revoke the will of Kealiiahonui, filed in probate by Levi Haʻalelea in 1855 was eventually overturned by Sanford B. Dole almost immediately after the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Dole was acting as a justice of the supreme court of the provincial government after stepping down from the bench and then being seated as President. Litigants were made to sign an agreement for this adjudication to be allowed by Dole.
The resort was originally leased by Lyle Guslander from the Territory of Hawaii in 1952, opening in early 1953. The hotel manager Grace Buscher took control of marketing the hotel as a Hawaiian style get away for tourists. A number of films have been shot on location at this location including Elvis Presley‘s film Blue Hawaii. The hotel made a big business out of Hawaiian style weddings for decades. Buscher started tradition still in use at hotels throughout the islands known at the hotel as the torch-lighting ceremony. Buscher also initiated a tree planting ceremony to replenish the old coconut grove and honor individuals of note. Destroyed by Hurricane Iniki, the derelict hotel is allegedly scheduled to be restored and reopened as a Hyatt resort some time in the future.