Made famous by Elvis and Blue Hawaii, most of us who grew up on Kauai remember Coco Palms as a place where we wentÂ for brunch on Sundays after church with our family. We fished for Talapia with bamboo poles as our parents socialized with friends after lunch. We wandered through the maze of coconut groves to the tennis courts where we would spend hours being wildly entertained by the monkeys and peacocks, the residents ofÂ Kauai’s only zoo.Â The tennis courts, the little road that connected the Homesteads to the Wailua Houselots, the little church where Aunty was married, having lunch with the queen of hospitality, Grace Guslander and hearing her stories about running the resort and the history of the property.Â These are the memories to highlight and share with Kauai keiki.Â For anyone born after September 11, 1992, the only memories ofÂ Coco Palms is that of a deteriorating piece of history.
Today the Kauai Planning Commission affirmed the order of Hearings Officer Richard Nakamura to revoke permits held by Coco Palms Ventures LLC’s to rebuild the property which was damaged in 1992 during Hurricane Iniki.
Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. stated, “I am very pleased to hear of the Planning Commissionâ€™s action today to accept the Hearings Officerâ€™s recommendation to revoke the permits currently held by Coco Palms LLC. Â The property has languished for much too long, and with no alternate plan being proposed by the owners, itâ€™s time to move on to new opportunities.”
The mayor added, “I plan to arrange for a community discussion very soon so that we can all envision what the future could hold for this site of such historic and cultural significance.Â Letâ€™s put our hopes and dreams on the table, and work toward a collective vision of Coco Palms that will do justice to this special place and will result in a community resource of which we can all be proud.”