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Rebuilding underway on "Blue Hawaii" resort

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 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.


   The renovated hotel will have 350 rooms.

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