LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A Kauai resort famous for appearing in the 1961 Elvis Presley movie "Blue Hawaii" could reopen in two years after the county planning commission approved a developer's plans for its reconstruction.
The Garden Island newspaper in Lihue reports the planning commission voted 6-0 on Tuesday to approve development plans and permits for Coco Palms Resort.
The hotel has been closed since Hurricane Iniki severely damaged the property in 1992.
Coco Palms Hui Principal Chad Waters says rebuilding work could begin in the next several months if all goes as planned. He says the entire resort should open by spring 2017.
Hyatt Hotels Corp. last year agreed to manage the resort, which will be called Coco Palms by Hyatt.