Kauai judge rules Hawaiians occupying Coco Palms land must leave

Kauai judge rules Hawaiians occupying Coco Palms land must leave

WAILUA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A group of people occupying the land of Kauai's iconic Coco Palms Resort have been ordered to leave by a District Court Judge.

The recent ruling gives those living on the property until 6 p.m. Sunday to vacate.

Roughly 20 Native Hawaiians have been occupying the land since at least March 2017.

They claim they are descendants of Kauai's last ruling king, and have rights to the land. They also say they have the supporting documents to prove it.

But earlier this week, Judge Michael Soong ruled against them, ordering the property to be cleared.

Coco Palms was Kauai's premier island resort in the 1950s and 60s. Blue Hawaii, a film featuring Elvis Presley, was filmed on-location at the hotel.

Hurricane Iniki left the resort in shambles in 1992, where it sat in disrepair for over 25 years.

In June last year, long-awaited demolition plans began, and the $135 million project to renovate reopen the hotel got underway.

The new resort is set to reopen as a Hyatt-managed property in 2019.

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