WAILUA, Hawaii (AP) – The historic resort where Elvis married Presley’s character in the 1961 film Blue Hawaii is going to be auctioned off at a foreclosure sale in Kauai this month.
Garden Island newspaper reported that the abandoned Coco Palms Resort will be auctioned on July 26 on the steps of the Courthouse in Lihue’s Fifth Ward.
Coco Palms opened in 1953 next to a historic coconut grove and an old Hawaiian fish pond. It’s been closed since Hurricane Iniki – a Category 4 storm – hit Kauai in 1992. Several attempts to restore the property since then have failed.
The property is sold to the highest bidder as is. After bidding, the winning bidder must pay 10% in cash, by money order, or by certified or cashier’s check.
The customer bears all costs and expenses for the closure in accordance with the imprint.
Recent efforts to revitalize the hotel have been to take the remaining structure and build a 350-room resort and rebuild cottages.
The county’s planning department originally granted Honolulu-based Coco Palms Hui, LLC permits for the property in 2015. Million mortgage.
The 46-acre site was once home to Kauai’s last queen, Queen Deborah Kapule Kekaihaakulou. It is the location of the key scenes in “Blue Hawaii,” including the last one in which Presley sings the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” and holds his bride’s hand as they board a raft to cross a lagoon.
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