HONOLULU (AP) -- Work has finally begun on rebuilding the storied resort where Elvis Presley's character got married in the 1961 film "Blue Hawaii," decades after a major hurricane damaged its buildings.
The company redeveloping Coco Palms Resort began demolishing structures this week. It hopes to reopen the hotel in mid-2018.
Coco Palms initially opened in 1953 next to a historic coconut grove and an ancient Hawaiian fishpond. It's been closed since a Category 4 hurricane slammed into Kauai island in 1992. The 46-acre grounds were once home to K
auai's last queen. It's the site of key scenes in "Blue Hawaii," including the last one where Presley sings the "Hawaiian Wedding Song" and holds his bride's hand while they board a raft to cross a lagoon.