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One of the things that Hyatt is very good at is making fantastic resorts on the Hawaiian Islands, and it looks like they will be managing another Hyatt option for us to enjoy in Kauai! Currently Hyatt has a Hyatt Place and Hyatt Regency Resort on Waikiki in Oahu, a Hyatt Regency and the new Andaz on Maui, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai in Poipu on the island of Kauai.
I’ve been lucky enough to stay at all the Hyatt properties in Hawaii, other than the ones on Oahu, and they are all beautiful and extremely enjoyable in their own right. You can check out all of those hotel reviews here.
I’ve seen many articles and news clips over the last couple of days pop up stating that Hyatt will be managing the Coco Palms in Kauai that is being brought back to life after it closed in the early 1990’s due to hurricane damage. You have probably heard of this East Kauai hotel and didn’t even realize since it was the hotel that was featured in the wedding scene from the Elvis Presley movie “Blue Hawaii”, among other movies from that era. You can read a little bit about the history of and current state of the hotel on the Kauai.com site.
In case you aren’t familiar, it was the first resort on Kauai opening in 1953 and was visited by celebs like Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, Bing Crosby, and of course Elvis. It is located in the Wailua part of the island, has a 17 acre coconut grove, and was pulling in $400 per night rates – even in the 1970’s! For more great pics from the “days of glory” and it’s current state head to this awesome site.
It is going to be several years before this property is totally brought back to life and re-opened, but I think it has great potential, and Hyatt should be the perfect choice to run the show! This article states it will be a 390 room hotel and it will be a part of a new Hyatt brand being introduced. Of course, a lot can happen and change when bringing a hotel like this back to working order, but I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that things go well, and we will be relaxing under the coconut trees on the eastern side of Kauai a few years from now. This won’t just be “any” new hotel, this will be one with lots of history, and I can’t wait to visit…using Hyatt points, of course!