After facing numerous delays, redevelopment work has finally begun on Coco Palms Resort on Kauai.
Crews began demolishing the 12.5-acre resort last week. The first phase of demolition is expected to take six months and cost about $3.5 million.
Coco Palms has been closed since Hurricane Iniki tore through the state in 1992, and faced many setbacks.
The entire project is expected to cost $175 million. The redeveloped resort is scheduled to open in two years.
Upon completion, it will offer 350 room units, 12,000 square feet of retail space, three restaurants, and a cultural center spanning over four acres that will focus on the education and significance of the site.
It will be operated by Hyatt as part of its Unbound Collection brand.
The hotel, which sits on the largest coconut grove in Hawaii, served as the backdrop for Elvis Presley’s 1961 movie “Blue Hawaii.”