Foreclosure lawsuit filed against Coco Palms

LIHUE — A Utah-based corporation is taking legal action against the real estate developers who defaulted on a loan to restore the former Coco Palms resort.

Private Capital Group — a Utah-based corporation that put together a $22.2 million loan on behalf of several investors to finance the initial stages of the project — filed a complaint for foreclosure this week, asking the court to force the sale of the property and distribute the proceeds to the lenders who backed the deal.

Chad Waters and Tyler Greene purchased the hotel ruins several years ago through a corporation they formed, Coco Palms Hui LLC. Their plans to revitalize the once-iconic resort — Coco Palms regularly hosted some of the world’s most famous celebrities before it was damaged by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 and subsequently abandoned — fell short.

The Honolulu real estate developers ran into roadblocks that included people claiming ownership by ancestral rights who moved onto the property and stayed more than a year before finally being evicted. Three years into the project, the hotel remains little more than a blighted shell of concrete facing Wailua Beach.

The foreclosure lawsuit, filed in Fifth Circuit Court on Tuesday, names Coco Palms Hui LLC and its managers, Waters and Greene, as defendants.

According to the civil complaint, Waters and Greene took out the loan in May 2016, agreeing to pay back the principal plus 12% interest by February of the following year. But the lawsuit alleges the developers violated the terms of the loan within months of borrowing the money.

Attached to the foreclosure complaint is a letter sent to Waters and Green last month stating that the loan entered default status in October 2016, when the borrowers failed to deposit $5 million into an escrow account as required by the loan agreement.

The default notification letter goes on to accuse Waters and Greene of making “false representations” to their financier and says the entire balance of the loan remains unpaid, “despite repeated attempts to work with you on a solution,” and a long period during which the loan servicing company delayed instigating foreclosure proceedings.

Greene could not be reached for comment, but Waters said via email Thursday that he does not own Coco Palms Hui or the property registered to the corporation’s name. The land parcels containing the former Coco Palms are owned by Coco Palms Hui, according to Kauai County property records, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs names Waters and Greene as the sole managers of the LLC.

In a phone interview Thursday, Honolulu attorney Scott Batterman, who filed the foreclosure suit on behalf of Private Capital Group, said that the matter could be resolved in a number of ways other than a court-ordered foreclosure sale.

For instance, the development project could get financing from another investor who agrees to take on the debt and move forward with construction or a third party might decide to purchase the land, providing the capital necessary to pay off the loan.


Caleb Loehrer, staff writer, can be reached at 245-0441 or


Editor’s note: The loan amount was changed to $22.2 million from $23 million.

  1. Larry June 7, 2019 5:16 am Reply

    Dont build there
    The roads cant take the extra traffic

  2. I saw a Vampire once June 7, 2019 5:21 am Reply

    I’m taking it as just not enough money. And what for? This venture is not worth it.

  3. Recentarrival June 7, 2019 7:44 am Reply

    Maybe at 5 mil the county of Kauai can afford it now?

  4. council and major grow a pair June 7, 2019 7:56 am Reply

    Council and Mayors office: please grow a pair, and simply announce that the chances of a “new” owner getting permits required to move forward with any construction would be slim to none, since county officials have been scammed on this project more than once. Then, watch the value of the property plummet, maybe to the point where the county could actually afford to purchase it via eminent domain. No commercial interests would touch the property if they had little chance of commercializing it.

  5. Debra Kekaualua June 7, 2019 8:07 am Reply

    This is all a bigger part of the Stolen Kealoha MailboX. Judiciary accompanied by deep RICO fake state DLNR, popo, OHA Atooi, DHHL-Lyon frauds and other mindblowing activities that we all have seen escalate over the decades! The militaropolitico judiciary fraud corruption, treason, and lots of similar verbiages associated with the scamaramadingdong clowns, Especially Kauai, Big Island victims unaddressed issues including but not limited to murder, stolen property via lawyers, judges, money laundering through foundations and the corporate americanization factors complicit in every way to the demise of these islands and OUR people, not foreigners!

  6. commonsense June 7, 2019 11:08 am Reply

    Any developer would be crazy to buy the Coco Palms site and rebuild another hotel. It’s a terrible location right on top of a soon-to-be four lane highway with lots of traffic, a bottleneck intersection, across from an unsafe swimming beach, a restaurant location with no parking, being located in a flood and tsunami area and next to a sewage transfer station. Good luck.

  7. Jesse June 7, 2019 12:12 pm Reply

    Sea Levels are gonna rise w/ climate change. That place will be flooded in under a decade, if not the hotel, most likely the parking lot. It will be useless! As sad as it sounds w/ all it’s history, tear it down, backfill the area higher & maybe make our highway higher above ground. But our county is not that smart, that’s obvious! 😉

    1. boxers or briefs June 7, 2019 6:00 pm Reply

      backfill, how to combat sea level rise. pure genius.

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