December 3, 2023

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‘Blue Hawaii’ resort in Kauai to be rebuilt amid controversy

Workers move the sales sign for Coco Palms Resort away from the roadside in Wailua, Hawaii on Sept. 13, 2007.

HONOLULU — Demolition will soon begin on a resort once favored by Elvis Presley and other Hollywood royalty before it was heavily damaged by a hurricane three decades ago.

The Coco Palms Resort on the island of Kauai will be torn down for a new 350-room hotel, reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, among Hawaii-based media like The Garden Island and KHON-TV.

The resort is best known in movie lore as the location where Presley and Joan Blackman’s characters married in the 1961 movie “Blue Hawaii.”

It’s also the site of other key scenes in the movie, including the last where Presley sings the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” and holds Blackman’s hand while they board a raft to cross a lagoon.