|Remembering and Reviving the
Coco Palms Hotel
From The Honolulu Advertiser, August 15, 1995:
Owners vow to reopen historic Coco Palms
LIHUE, Kauai - Owners of the Coco Palms, one of the- oldest and most famous of Kauai's resort properties, say they're committed to rebuilding and reopening the property once hurricane insurance claims are settled.
Their statement was issued to quell rumors that Park Lane Hotels might be prepared to take insurance proceeds and abandon the property.
"We don't want Kauai to think we've given up on Coco Palms . . . There is nothing we'd like better than to get it settled and move forward with plans to reopen the hotel," said Lawrence Chan, president of Wailua Associates; the firm through which Park Lane owns the property.
Coco Palms has been one of Kauai's classics. It is set in an old coconut grove, surrounding a lagoon. It has a cluster of thatch-roofed accommodations and no buildings higher than two stories.
The hotel is famous for touches like the huge shells that form its bathroom sinks, and for being the site of Elvis Presley's marriage scene in his movie, "Blue Hawaii."
"Coco Palms is not for sale," Chan said. "It is our intention to reopen the hotel and to do it as soon as we possibly can."
The hotel and its insurance carrier, Aetna, are holding arbitration proceedings to establish the extent of damage and amount of insured loss. The hotel can't proceed with plans until it knows what it will be, Chan said.
"The number of rooms, architectural plans, time frame for reopening, all are dependent on the insurance proceeds, he said.
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