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Today in West Hawaii history | April 24

April 24, 1984: A proposed $35 million residential subdivision in North Kona cleared an initial hurdle last week when the County Council approved in first reading Gamlon Corp.’s rezoning request for 173.6 acres. By an 8-0 vote, the council sent the bill for a second and final reading before the full council. Gamlon Corp. is seeking to rezone 103.4 acres from unplanned to single-family residential and 70.2 acres from unplanned to multiple family residential. The parcel is located mauka of the Kilohana Subdivision. The planner intends to develop 215 15,000-square-foot lots and 475 multiple family units.

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Today in West Hawaii history | April 23

April 23, 1984: Except for the vog, which continues to hang over Kona, the recent eruption of Mauna Loa was only another news story in the paper to people in West Hawaii. And, although the people of Kailua may never look out their bedroom windows to see cascades of molten rock looming closer and closer to everything they own, there is a distinct possibility it may one day occur. Hualalai, the western-most of the five Big Island mountains, is still considered by scientists to be capable of erupting. The volcano last erupted in 1800-01.