Coco Palms doubts rising
WAILUA — The partially demolished, disemboweled skeleton of the Coco Palms Resort sits just mauka of Kuhio Highway in Wailua, seemingly still frozen in death after being killed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
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This reminds me of the Trump Tower in Panama where apartments were sold to investors who never moved in. A great way to launder money.
No one in their right mind would ever book a room at a place that has the highway traffic inches from their window and no access to a beach.
The county should use eminent domain to take over the site and then consider tearing it all down.
Thank you for this detailed update. We visited Coco Palms for dinner and a show in the late 70’s. Would love to see it back up and running and like the idea of old Hawaiian style and hospitality. Hope everything can get resolved soon. Best wishes.
With 1/2 tongue in cheek…
Convert CoCo Palms into a Giant 7 days a week Flea Market something akin to the Honolulu Stadium one. Charge a small fee to vendors that would pay for painting the weathered concrete with attractive bright colors, put up super safe (taller than code) no rust railings on the upper floor(s)?, restore adequate enough bathrooms for the public; restore the gardens and landscaping; let Kaua‘i residents and visitors roam the Old CoCo Palms grounds with “reported” sightings of our King Kaumualii, and Elvis too.
Forget the Koi, run a pipe and stock the ponds with sea water and moi and let the keiki come down and for a change and get their folks dinner with hook and line.
Let there be aspiring musical artists playing traditional Hawaiian Music for all of us and visitors “alike” to hear; including school bands too. Maintain the beautiful Hawaiian Culture we love.
Let there be ready in place multi IMU areas for families to enjoy traditional meals with picnic tables and small coconut palm thatched hale over them.
Clean up the green waste in the coconut grove and call it the CoCoNut Grove with local live evening entertainment.
Build an Alii Hale for Bernard so he no have to go LIHUE no more…! ! !
This is what you can call community pride and let the hui that is only renting the CoCo Palms land from the state pay the water and electric for the Hawaiian Pride “temporary” Market Place for the right to keep talking story about rebuilding…year after year after year.
That way In the meantime we don’t need be reminded day after day after year of the disaster that was INIKI.
Let it be a place to bring warmth to our hearts and Smiles to our varied faces when we pass by.
Charlie ( I don’t know nothing else )
Bottom line is that the county has interfered with this project moving forward for decades, costing the various owners a fortune. If the bureaucrats and political hacks would’ve just gotten out of the way this project would have been completed many years ago. Nothing gets done when the decisions surrounding it are politically motivated vs. market driven.
Make a county-wide park out of it. With ample parking.
the EPA and Federal Government should be notified;
this place is an environmental hazard, for many reasons: rats, disease, pollution leaking into the soil, water and ocean for starters …. and the owners and the county should be fined by the Feds;
where are those Surf-Rider folks that sue everyone ?
enough is enough;
tear it down for goodness sakes;
The property has had rat control since it shut down…..monthly refills of bait stations…..not sure what disease you seem to be referencing unless it comes from people illegally trespassing on the property…and pollution from what leaking in to the soil ? there are no fuels, chemicals, etc on the property ? No idea where you get your info. In over 20 years I’ve only seen one live rat there….there are more than that living at most people’s homes.
Rumors of Cartel, continued harrassment of lineal descendants via county KPD, Moguls in office currently and before iniki. There is no way the state’s burden to prove annexation, which means, check your title guarantee insurance corporates, no U.S. court has jurisdiction, “property title TMK” is a figment of all u.s. hawaiian voters imagination. Allodial means u.s. militaropolitical game plan died and everyone complicit with this Ruse will be held accountable. Kanaka Maoli Lahui is the new game and excludes corruption so vast on Kauai, people need to awaken to the smell of kauai coffee OR GMO field sprays that has caused severe malady in our children that is aggressively taken hold out of every 5 children 4 have heart repair, autism spectrum, etc and this is only in Kekaha. We are not going anywhere unless Mr Un, pushes his button, then with no bunker to go to for safety, we got fifteen minutes to watch our clocks, before our last Ha.
The elected officials, like county councilmen and mayor are failures. Delays. 2018
Loooong past due for developer performance. County should be fining these people every month for weed abatement, lack of security, and anything else they can imagine.
Zero tolerance for BS developers who have mislead or lied to the County and people of Kauai for years.
Well, How bout they fix the hwy in front before development so that IF and when the place is rebuilt all the traffic access is complete? Make sense right? $125K annual salary please. Anyone noticed how bad the road has gotten?
Unless you want to give your mayor the full $500,000 dollars or so for being a sports figure. HTA, hawaii tourism authority. Hawaii Bowl 2017.
Funny how these County people, Yukimura in particular, are complaining about how long it’s taking to rebuild Coco Palms when the project is stuck in the County’s own building permit process. Lethargy and incompetency? No doubt. Grounds for a lawsuit due to County departmental collusion with the anti-development folks, like Yukimura? Probably.
I don’t get it. The elected officials are failures. Why go with their meetings?
I have had a love affair with Kauai and it makes me so sad that again something isn’t done to get the property up and running..if it isn’t turned into a hotel why not a senior community for those on fixed incomes. ..
Anyone with reason and aloha will acknowledge that having bums and criminals camping on your property while be surrounded by hand wringers saying “Oh, there’s nothing we can dooooo!” will make investment capital a tad difficult. If you won’t make allowances for this, you’re nothing more than a disingenuous agenda pusher.
Speaking of agendas, there is no money for a park! The State has no money for a park! The County has no money for a park! No private organization has money for a park and the last time people tried they failed so stupendously that they need an article like this that berates them. Those that think this property could be seized without giving millions and millions and millions of dollars to the owners haven’t been able to read this far anyway and will get a pass!
Your “next alternative” is at least 10-15 years away! Therefore, you should support the current attempt right up to the day they utterly fail. They’re closer than anyone’s been in 25 years. At least don’t contribute to the failure! Oh, because it’s not……”perfect?” Neither are you!
Greene and Waters certainly are adept at dodging very basic questions. It’s time to demolish that sucker and turn it into a park and lesson traffic along it’s perimeters.
It was not a hurricane that took this building, iniki did very small damage,
The buildings were neglected and the owner has blamed iniki but it was his own financial trouble that put the place in ruins
I like the elderly housing idea.
I don’t see how they plan to make the project economically viable. First floor is unlivable due to flood zone. To add additional floors will require significant modifications that will drive costs up dramatically, IF they could get permits to do so. By rights, the place should have been demolished decades ago. Then there is the traffic issue – couldn’t be in a worse location. Baffling how any investor would touch the project with a 10′ pole. Finally, Greene seems worse than a used car salesman.
You all need to to quit arguing and just get on with the program or it will never get finished this is so sad?????
Just what they really need another upscale dive the place should have been turned down before the storm I could care less of elves n the other premadonnas that stayed there make the usable for the people a park a senior center a school and the worst make it a gas station
Learn some English before you post. Your “writing” is unintelligible!