WAILUA, Hawaii (AP) – The historic complex where Elvis Presley’s character married in the 1961 movie “Blue Hawaii” will be auctioned off in a foreclosure sale in Kauai this month.
The Garden Island newspaper reported that the abandoned Coco Palms Resort will be auctioned on July 26 on the steps of Lihue’s Fifth Circuit courthouse.
Coco Palms opened in 1953 next to a historic coconut grove and former Hawaiian fish pond. It has been closed since Hurricane Iniki – a Category 4 storm – hit Kauai in 1992. Several attempts to restore the property have since failed.
The property will be sold to the highest bidder as is. The winning bidder must pay 10% in cash, money order or certified check or cashier’s check after auction.
The buyer will be responsible for all costs and expenses for the closing, according to the legal notice.
The most recent effort to revive the hotel was to take the remaining structure and build a 350-room resort and rebuild some cottages.
The county planning department initially licensed Honolulu-based Coco Palms Hui, LLC for the property in 2015. In March 2019, Stillwater Equity Partners took over the property after Coco Palms Hui defaulted on more. $ 11 million in financing on a $ 22 contract. million mortgages.
The 46-acre land was once home to Kauai’s last queen, Queen Deborah Kapule Kekaihaakulou. It’s the site of key scenes from “Blue Hawaii,” including the last one where Presley sings the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” and holds his bride’s hand as they board a raft across a lagoon.
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