It’s a day many thought would never come.
A blessing Thursday marked the rebirth of Coco Palms Resort on Kauai.
The resort, located on Kuhio Highway in Wailua, has been closed since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
Three years ago, two men from Oahu formed Coco Palms Hui to bring the resort back to life.
During the blessing, they were surrounded by dozens of people, including Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.
“This is a special day, my grandma, my aunties, a lot of people who worked here and brought life to this place,” Carvalho said.
The developers are vowing to bring its legendary past into its new life.
“We want to learn from all of that, and we want to be able to translate that to modern times for future generations, that same sense of ohana,” said Tyler Greene of Coco Palms Hui.
The developers say they’ve heard all the reasons it couldn’t be built — there would be traffic and protests, or no one would care.
But that’s behind them as this blessing will next lead to demolition and what they call revitalization.
“Making sure we do it in a pono way, with the right heart. We have to get into action, enough talk,” Carvalho said.
The new Coco Palms Resort could open in 2017.