A look back at 2022 on Kaua‘i

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The Waimea High School football team are local heroes as they showed up at the We Are Kekaha event on Dec. 9 at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center.

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There were more protesters than bidders at a foreclosure auction for the historic Coco Palms Resort property in mid-2021 at the state courthouse in Lihu‘e.

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The shell of the former Coco Palms Resort sits empty on Kuhio Highway in Wailua in July 2021, as it remains today.

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

Kimberly Souza offers the “white stone of peace from Wailua” to officials in charge of a public auction of the former Coco Palms Resort property on July 26, 2021, at the state courthouse complex in Lihu‘e.

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Large sandbags line the pedestrian path between the old Coco Palms Resort and Wailua Bay. The sandbags were placed to prevent further erosion threatening the pedestrian path and Kuhio Highway.

Contributed by County of Kaua‘i

Left: County Council Member Arthur Brun’s official council photo. Right: His Kaua‘i Police Department booking photo.

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala performers Jayna Parongao, left, and Chantal Aban dance to “Mele Kalikimaka” for visitors to the National Tropical Botanical Garden South Shore Visitor Center in Kukui‘ula on Thursday during the weekly Aloha Market.

Editor’s note: As 2022 has ended, The Garden Island staff looked back on some of the moments that defined the year on Kaua‘i.