Elvis' house @ Cocoa Palms (I visited here!)    The Coco Palms Resort achieved early exposure and fame in the 1961 Elvis Presley movie, “Blue Hawaii.” Here Elvis sings “The Hawaiian Wedding Song” to Joan Blackman as they ride their flower bedecked  double-hulled canoe through the lagoon to the Wedding Chapel. Prior to its close in 1992, (Hurricane Iniki struck in Sept 1992) the resort hosted over 500 wedding ceremonies annually.

Elvis' house @ Cocoa Palms (I visited here!) The Coco Palms Resort achieved early exposure and fame in the 1961 Elvis Presley movie, “Blue Hawaii.” Here Elvis sings “The Hawaiian Wedding Song” to Joan Blackman as they ride their flower bedecked double-hulled canoe through the lagoon to the Wedding Chapel. Prior to its close in 1992, (Hurricane Iniki struck in Sept 1992) the resort hosted over 500 wedding ceremonies annually.

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Hurricane Iniki 9/5 - 9/13, 1992
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Hurricane Iniki Rallies Amateurs By Ron Hashiro, KH6JCA (Now AH6RH)  As Hurricane Iniki tore its destruction through the Hawaiian Islands, Amateur Radio operators maintained an exclusive communications backbone. (February 1993 American Radio Relay League, Inc.)

Hurricane Iniki Rallies Amateurs By Ron Hashiro, KH6JCA (Now AH6RH) As Hurricane Iniki tore its destruction through the Hawaiian Islands, Amateur Radio operators maintained an exclusive communications backbone. (February 1993 American Radio Relay League, Inc.)

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dangerous fun with hurricane iniki swell. photograph by cory Lum.

dangerous fun with hurricane iniki swell. photograph by cory Lum.

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Coco Palms Resort Lobby : June 16, 1990  -- Hurricane Iniki hit in 1992 and the resort has been abandoned since.

Coco Palms Resort Lobby : June 16, 1990 -- Hurricane Iniki hit in 1992 and the resort has been abandoned since.

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Opened in 1953, Kauai's Coco Palms Hotel quickly gained fame for its blue lagoons, 2,000-tree coconut grove, and nightly torch lighting ceremony called "The Call to Feast," a tradition that resorts across Hawaii began to emulate. The property also played a starring role in the 1961 Elvis movie Blue Hawaii. The Coco Palms remained one of the island's most popular properties until 1992, Hurricane Iniki ravaged the place and caused damage so severe the hotel was forced to close indefinitely…

Opened in 1953, Kauai's Coco Palms Hotel quickly gained fame for its blue lagoons, 2,000-tree coconut grove, and nightly torch lighting ceremony called "The Call to Feast," a tradition that resorts across Hawaii began to emulate. The property also played a starring role in the 1961 Elvis movie Blue Hawaii. The Coco Palms remained one of the island's most popular properties until 1992, Hurricane Iniki ravaged the place and caused damage so severe the hotel was forced to close indefinitely…

Hurricane Iniki, driving through Hanalei a few weeks after the hurricane., via YouTube.

Hurricane Iniki, driving through Hanalei a few weeks after the hurricane., via YouTube.

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DAMAGE SURVEY OF HURRICANE INIKI IN KAUAI by volcantrek8, via Flickr

DAMAGE SURVEY OF HURRICANE INIKI IN KAUAI by volcantrek8, via Flickr

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