Coco Palms partial demolition nears finish

Coco Palms partial demolition nears finish

WAILUA, Hawaii (AP) - A resort featured in the 1961 Elvis Presley movie "Blue Hawaii" and destroyed in a 1992 hurricane is nearing the end of its demolition phase.

The Garden Island reports ( the $3.5 million partial demolition of the Coco Palms resort should be done by the end of this year with construction possibly starting as soon as January.

Work is part of a $175 million renovation.

The resort is expected to reopen in 2018 as one of the Hyatt brand's upscale luxury properties.

Board of Land and Natural Resources members gave approval in October to permit the temporary use of state land on the property while renovations are underway.

Coco Palms Hui, LLC co-owner Tyler Greene and his business partner Chad Waters started work on the project in 2012.

Information from: The Garden Island,

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