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Kimpton to Revive Iconic Coco Palms Resort in Kauai After 32 Years of Neglect

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has announced its partnership with Kauai’s landmark Coco Palms Resort, marking the first location in Hawaii for IHG Hotels & Resorts‘ expanding luxury and lifestyle portfolio. Following a historically sensitive restoration, Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort, will open in 2026 as a premier tropical retreat, offering an array of experiences for travelers and the Kaua‘i community.

Located in the lush valley of Wailua along Kauai’s stunning shoreline, Coco Palms is owned by Reef Capital Partners and will be operated by Highgate. The resort, once a favorite destination during Hollywood’s golden era with guests such as Elvis Presley, Rita Hayworth, and Gene Autry, will undergo a meticulous restoration guided by Native Hawaiian advisors to ensure an authentic and culturally rich experience. The restored landmark will feature 350 accommodations across three low-rise hotel structures and cottages.

Resort Amenities and Guest Experience

The resort will offer various amenities for relaxation and exploration, including access to a 15-acre coconut grove for activities such as meditation, movie nights, and wedding ceremonies. Guests can unwind at the onsite spa or one of the three outdoor swimming pools. Dining options will include a rooftop bar, a pool bar, and a restored shoreline restaurant. A highlight will be the continuation of the Coco Palms tradition of the evening torch-lighting ceremony. Additional Kimpton perks include the Kimpton Kickstart morning coffee and tea service, Kimpton Social every evening, the “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” program, in-room yoga mats, and pet-friendly policies.

Leanne Harwood, SVP, Managing Director for Luxury & Lifestyle Americas at IHG Hotels & Resorts, stated: “We are incredibly excited to establish our luxury and lifestyle presence in Hawaii with Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort. Hawaii beckons travelers seeking both relaxation and discovery, and this wholly reimagined resort will welcome not only visitors but also the local community, with unique, culturally respectful experiences all within an inspiring boutique luxury setting. We’re pleased to partner with Reef Capital Partners, who is committed to being responsible stewards of this historic landmark.”

Preservation and Cultural Commitment

After significant damage from Hurricane ‘Iniki in 1992, Coco Palms has remained neglected until now. The restoration aims to preserve the historical and cultural integrity of the land, featuring an onsite cultural center and museum to honor Kaua‘i. This center will host exhibits, lectures, and activities of cultural significance, educating visitors and residents about the native culture, rich history, and artistic community of the surrounding area.

Jon Day, Chief Financial Officer at Reef Capital Partners, commented: “It’s a true privilege to bring the first Kimpton resort to Hawai‘i. IHG shares our belief that the history and culture of this site, especially the pre-contact history, is what distinguishes Coco Palms from other properties and makes it such a magical place. They’re just as committed as we are to preserving its legacy and sharing it with the world. I can think of no better brand to fulfill this vision.”

Exploring Kauai’s Natural Beauty

Known as the “Garden Isle,” Kaua‘i offers travelers numerous ways to discover its natural beauty. The 20-mile-long Wailua River, adjacent to Coco Palms, flows past lush tropical forests and cascading waterfalls, ideal for kayaking. Guests can explore the serene Fern Grotto, a natural lava rock cavern formed millions of years ago, by boat. Nearby beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls, helicopter sightseeing, scuba lessons, snorkeling, boating, and fishing excursions are also available. The resort’s proximity to Lihue Airport, just five miles away, adds to its convenience.

With this restoration, Coco Palms is set to reclaim its status as an iconic destination, offering a blend of luxury, cultural authenticity, and natural beauty.

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