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Group picks architect, contractor for Coco Palms

Published On: Sep 26 2013 11:19:49 AM HST

Kauai's iconic Coco Palms hotel is in line to be a massive fixer-upper. Twenty years after it was destroyed by Hurricane Iniki, local investors have stepped in to buy and renovate the Wailua resort.

LIHUE, Hawaii -

The owners of Kauai's Coco Palms Resort have sent most of their reconstruction permit applications to the county and have picked a team to rebuild the hotel.

Coco Palms redevelopment group member Chad Waters told The Garden Island the rest of the applications will be submitted in the next few weeks.

Coco Palms has sat in ruins since Hurricane Iniki lashed Kauai in 1992. It's the only major hotel that never reopened after the storm.

The group has selected Agor Architects to be the project's architect and Unlimited Construction Services as the contractor.

The group is seeking permits under a county ordinance that allows developers to restore hurricane-damaged structures to their pre-Iniki condition without requiring them to adhere to current stricter health and safety standards.

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