Coco Palms doubts rising

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

What once was the stately Coco Palms Resort across Kuhio Highway from Wailua Beach is now a shell awaiting final demolition before a planned rebuild.

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

The fence stands where once was an elegant entrance to a porte cochere where the original Flowers Forever shop and numerous other shops once thrived. The overgrown entry to Coco Palms Resort in Wailua is today barely recognizable.

WAILUA — The partially demolished, disemboweled skeleton of the Coco Palms Resort sits just mauka of Kuhio Highway in Wailua, seemingly still frozen in death after being killed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992.