Activists delay rebirth of Hawaii hotel with Elvis ties

  • This Dec. 3, 2009 file photo shows the Coco Palms Resort retail annex where one shop on the second floor was gutted by fire in Wailua on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Native Hawaiian activists, who claim to be descendants of Kauai’s last king, are occupying the property, saying they have documents giving them the rights to the land, and are protesting the rebuilding of the Coco Palms, where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the film “Blue Hawaii.” It has been closed since a hurricane tore through it in 1992. (Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island via AP, File)

  • In this Sept. 4, 2002 file photo, Cecilia Dana poses for a photo beside a Coco Palms resort sign in Wailua on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Native Hawaiian activists, who claim to be descendants of Kauai’s last king, are occupying the property, saying they have documents giving them the rights to the land, and are protesting the rebuilding of the Coco Palms, where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the film “Blue Hawaii.” It has been closed since a hurricane tore through it in 1992. (Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island via AP)

  • In this Sept. 13, 2007 file photo, workers move the Coco Palms Resort unit sales sign away from the Kuamoo Road side of the former resort in Wailua on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Native Hawaiian activists, who claim to be descendants of Kauai’s last king, are occupying the property, saying they have documents giving them the rights to the land, and are protesting the rebuilding of the Coco Palms, where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the film “Blue Hawaii.” It has been closed since a hurricane tore through it in 1992. (Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island via AP, File)

  • In this Jan. 28, 2018 photo, dozens of people supporting the occupants of the Coco Palms property in Wailua on the island of Kauai in Hawaii link hands in solidarity as the 6 p.m. deadline for the court-imposed order vacating the property approaches. Native Hawaiian activists, who claim to be descendants of Kauai’s last king, said they have documents giving them the rights to the land, and are protesting the rebuilding of the Coco Palms, where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the film “Blue Hawaii.” It has been closed since a hurricane tore through in 1992. (Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island via AP, File)

  • In this Oct. 26, 2002 file photo, Oahu kupuna Eddie Kaanana, left, and Kahoolawe restoration coordinator Penny Levin plant kou honuaula, an ancient variety of sugar cane, as part of a traditional Hawaiian ceremony marking the beginning of planting season on Kahoolawe Island, Hawaii. The restoration of Kahoolawe was the culmination of a decades-long effort by Native Hawaiians and others to wrest the island from the U.S. Navy, which had used it for live fire exercises. (Ilina Loomis/The News via AP)

  • In this June 24, 2015 file photo, Thirty Meter Telescope protesters walk on a road during a blockade that prevented TMT construction vehicles from driving up to the summit of Mauna Kea near Hilo on the island of Hawaii in Hawaii. In a similar vein, Native Hawaiian activists, who claim to be descendants of Kauai’s last king, are occupying the closed Coco Palms Hotel on the island of Kauai, saying they have documents giving them the rights to the land, and are protesting the rebuilding of the hotel, where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the film “Blue Hawaii.” It has been closed since a hurricane tore through it in 1992. (Holly Johnson/Hawaii Tribune-Herald via AP, File)

HONOLULU — Developers rebuilding a storied, hurricane-ravaged Hawaii hotel with a Hollywood connection were looking forward to the Coco Palms’ rebirth when two men showed up last year, claiming to own the property because they descend from King Kaumualii, the last ruler of Kauai.

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