We need your help. In 1961, Elvis filmed Blue
Hawaii. The last 20 minutes of the film, including the famous wedding scene, was
filmed at the famed Coco Palms Resort on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Elvis
also stayed at the resort many times during his trips to Hawaii. Since that
time, hundreds of thousands of dedicated Elvis fans from around the world have
traveled to Kauai to see the beautiful lagoon where Elvis filmed the wedding
scene, to see the bungalow he stayed in many times as well as the rest of the
resort shown so well in the film.
In 1992, Hurricane Iniki hit Kauai, heavily
damaging this beautiful property. Sadly, for 14 years, the owners of the
property just let it sit in shambles while in a dispute with their insurance
company. Finally, in 2006, to the relief of many people, they sold the
property to a group of investors who have vowed to rebuild to previous
glory and retain Elvis's bungalow. Design, planning and permitting application
work began in earnest. To date, millions of dollars have been spent. Building
permits were finally issued. The permits had a deadline of three years to begin
In 2007, the devastating economic decline began,
soon spreading worldwide. As most of you know, many projects all over the world
were brought to a halt. This, of course, has also affected the Coco Palms
The current owners of the Coco Palms have asked for
a three year extension on their permits. The final meeting to decide the fate of
the Coco Palms is this coming tuesday, April 14, in front of the Kauai Planning
Commission. By denying the extension of the permits, it could spell doom for
this historic resort. There are those trying to have the resort demolished and
turned into a park. We don't feel this is the best use of the property and are
attempting to encourage as many Elvis fans as possible to send an email in
support of the rebuild of the Coco Palms so others can visit and see this
historic place for generations to come.
We ask that you send your emails to Commissioner
Mike Laureta at mlaureta@...
. . We also would ask that these emails be respectful to Mr. Laureta.
Again, our deadline is by Monday, April 13. The meeting of the commission is
Tuesday, April 14 at 9 AM.
Thank you for your kokua (help).
Movie Tours, Inc.
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