Coco Palms construction to continue despite fire

By Cam Tran
Published On: Aug 06 2014 04:15:09 AM HST
Updated On: Jul 09 2014 07:41:06 PM HST

KITV4 gets an exclusive look at the extensive damage inside Coco Palms following a massive blaze at the historic hotel.

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Shredded by a hurricane and then charred by fire, but still the Coco Palms resort rebounds.

Click here to watch Cam Tran's report.

A Fourth of July fire caused $600,000 worth of damage to the resort once made famous by Elvis Presley, but the developer says it's just a speed bump on the path to revitalization.

In KITV4's exclusive video, you can see plumes of black smoke spew out of the Kauai resort

"It was almost as if someone was playing a late April Fools' joke on us," said Tyler Greene of the Coco Palms Hui LLC.

But, it was no joke. The massive fire took Kauai firefighters two hours to contain and three days to extinguish.

"It definitely was a kick in the gut. It hurt pretty bad," said Greene. "The fire mostly affected the lobby. As you can see this is the remains…This will be the most time consuming area to rebuild."

The iconic breezeway where the massive conch shell used to hang is charred and the shell fell into the lagoon.

The fire also damaged around a dozen guest rooms on the second floor of the bar.

Despite the destruction, Greene says he plans on rebuilding.

"We're still charging ahead. We're going to keep our head up and keep moving forward of getting Coco Palms up and going," said Greene. "We're still slated to be open and hoping to be open by January 2017 and hopefully this is just a speed bump along the way."

Greene says it's too early to tell how much the fire could affect the cost of the development which is already slated at $125 million.

"A lot of this would have needed to go regardless, however, it's much easier to demo something when its intact instead of having a pile of rubble to deal with," said Greene.

Despite the setbacks, the investors plan on submitting permit requests in a few weeks to get the re-development back on track.

Greene says he even plans on replacing the iconic conch shell damaged by the fire

The Kauai Fire Department says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Crews battle fire at Coco Palms hotel

Photos: Fire at hotel featured in 'Blue Hawaii'

Click here to see photos from the fire.

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