Coco Palms debate continues as demolition nears

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The reception area just inside the main entrance of Coco Palms on June 16, 1990.

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Mauna Kea Trask, the attorney for the Coco Palms developer Reef Capital Partners, is pictured at the Planning Commission’s meeting on Oct. 24, 2023, holding up a binder on historical research conducted on Coco Palms, following allegations from residents that historical and cultural studies were insufficient.

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The County of Kauai Planning Commission and Kaaina Hull, the planning director, held a public meeting on the Coco Palms Resort on Oct. 24, 2023. Attorney Mauna Kea Trask, who represents the developer, is seen responding to questions, following public testimony in opposition to the development on Oct. 24, 2023.

As the developer of the Coco Palms Resort reported being just weeks away from commencing demolition of the deteriorated site and constructing a 350-room resort, county officials and members of the public continued to debate the possibility of halting the project in two separate meetings this week.