Coco Palms bringing Kimpton to Hawai‘i

Courtesy of Kimpton Hotels A rendering of the transformed Coco Palms Resort, which is anticipated to open in 2026.

WAILUA — Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants announced Wednesday that it is partnering with the Coco Palms Resort following a historically sensitive restoration of the iconic property in Wailua.

The partnership represents the establishment of the first location in Hawaii for IHG Hotels and Resorts’ fast-growing luxury and lifestyle portfolio. The restored Coco Palms Resort, a Kimpton Resort, will become an inspiring tropical retreat for travelers and the Kauai community to explore everything the destination has to offer.


“We are incredibly excited to establish our luxury and lifestyle presence in Hawaii with Coco Palms, a Kimpton Resort,” said Leanne Harwood, a senior vice president and managing director for Luxury &Lifestyle America at IHG Hotels &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 are pleased to partner with Reef Capital Partners, who is committed to being responsible stewards of this historic landmark.

The transformed resort is anticipated to open in 2026.

Coco Palms is owned by Reef Capital Partners and will be operated by Highgate. The Wailua resort was known as a premier destination during the Golden Era of Hollywood with renowned guests, such as Elvis Presley, Rita Haywood and Gene Autry.

Hurricane Iniki, which struck Kauai in 1992, caused significant damage to the globally known property that has remained untouched and in a state of neglect until now. Beyond preserving the historical and cultural integrity to the land, Coco Palms will feature an onsite cultural center and museum honoring Kauai.

When Coco Palms opens in 2026, the resort will represent the West Coast resort flagship for Kimpton in the Americas.

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