Elvis’ “Blue Hawaii” Resort That Was Destroyed By Hurricane Set To Be Demolished

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Decades ago, Coco Palms Resort was one of Hawaii’s most popular resorts amongst the Hollywood community, but now, the iconic vacation spot’s days are numbered.

Coco Palms Resort opened in 1953 and hosted legendary guests such as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. In addition, several movies were filmed on the property, including Presley’s “Blue Hawaii.”


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The former vacation spot, which is located in Wailuā, was constructed in the center of a coconut grove. According to statement obtained by The New York Post from Jam Press, the grove was planted in 1896 on ancient land belonging to Hawaiian royalty. Due to the site’s history, many locals feel that the land holds historical significance.

Despite Coco Palms’ royal and star-studded history, the former vacation spot has begun to waste away. In 1992, the resort was destroyed by Hurricane Iniki, a Category 4 storm. Since then, the resort has remained abandoned for almost thirty years.


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While water and natural elements have consumed much of the 20-acre property, tourists still travel to sneak a glimpse of the resort’s ruins. Although damaged, a former lobby, 24 hotel room spaces, and a decayed staircase still stand on the property.

In 2016, developers released plans to restore the hotel. Still, the resort’s original bones will be laid to rest. For more on the famous resort, check out the following video.