“New” Hyatt Hotel to Come to Hawaii!

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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.


Hyatt Regency Maui


Andaz Maui Wailea

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.

Grand Hyatt Kauai

Grand Hyatt Kauai


Sunset at Andaz Maui

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.

Kauia Map

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!

Coco Palms

Coco Palms as shown on Kauai.com

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  1. I hope this happens. Was on Kaui in Feb and really disappointed to see the condition of Coco Palms now. It was a gorgeous hotel before Iniki hit. But now most of the roof is rotted away. There have been several plans over the years to bring it back. Kudos to Hyatt if they can save this treasure.

  2. I’m fascinated by the mention that this will be a “new” brand for Hyatt… I would have thought that between PH (luxury), GH, HR and regular Hyatt (full service), Andaz (boutique), HP (select service) and HH (extended stay) they pretty much have the entire spectrum covered.

  3. Going to Kauai with family in 3 weeks. 4 nights at St Regis Princeville and 3 nights at Grand Hyatt Kauai. Cannot wait!!!!

  4. @mommypoints: Check FHR from Amex Platinum. They have great deals on both St. Regis Princeville (stay 4 nights and the 4th night is free) and Grand Hyatt Kauai (stay 5 nights and the 5th night is free). You also get all the perks that comes with FHR which are awesome including room upgrade and breakfast for 2.

  5. This will be our first and only trip to Hawaii . . . for our 40th Anniversary . . . yes Seniors, but active and love traveling to new and beautiful places. Do you have a favorite island and favorite property in the Hyatts in Hawaii! Thanks!

    Hooked my daughter and niece to following you . . . so much great advice for traveling with children!

  6. Hi – are you ever able to use hotel points, such as hyatt, to book rooms for family of 5?

    love your site

    • Scott, sometimes in one room, but usually in the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House type properties or a suite. Which property did you have in mind?

  7. We had a portion of our honeymoon at CoCo Palms in 1992. It was a great hotel. The food was amazing. The atmosphere was very authentic Hawaii. The only downside I remember was that it is not on the ocean. If I recall correctly, you have to walk 5-10 minutes to get there.

  8. Sounds like Hyatt is doing something similar to the Luxury Collection/Starwood and Autograph/Marriott with the new branding.

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