April 22, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. April 22, 1984, was a Sunday.
April 22, 1994: The State Land Use Commission unanimously votes to schedule a contested case hearing to determine if the controversial Crazy Horse subdivision meets a requirement for state agricultural districts. John Godfrey, an adjacent landowner and subdivision critic, petitioned for a declaratory ruling stating whether buildings within agricultural districts must be “farm dwellings” used by farm workers. Godfrey argues the 20 rental buildings will not be used for agricultural purposes and will therefore represent an illegal use.
Government and union negotiators have resumed contract talks as a third bargaining unit prepares to join striking state and county white-collar workers and supervisors. The employers are offering to raises workers one pay level in civil service classifications and reduce their contributions for health care premiums, according to the state’s chief negotiator James Yasuda. The union has been seeking an 8 percent pay raise over two years, while the state and counties have offered 4 percent.
Honokaa Elementary School students enjoy new playground equipment. The equipment is part of the SHOUT project headed by Honokaa students, which raised $12,741 for the park. An additional $10,000 came from Hawaii County.
April 22, 2004: The county Department of Parks and Recreation has ordered surfing instructors to stop using Kahaluu Beach Park as a classroom. The instructors do not have a permit to conduct business there and are in violation of the law. However, the county does not plan to offer surfing instruction permits, says director Pat Englehard.
Hawaii County is the state’s poorest and has the highest percentage of residents on public assistance programs, according to a recent survey. The 12th Survey of Indicators, prepared by the Mental Health Association in Hawaii County, shows with 154,794 residents, Hawaii County makes up for 12.4 percent of the state’s total population, but represents 20 percent of the state’s total public assistance.
Ignoring strong West Hawaii sentiment against the proposed Clifto’s Kona Coast development, the Hawaii County Council has given its preliminary approval to the commercial-residential North Kona project. However, before giving Clifto’s 88-acre condo-mall-hotel proposal near Kona International Airport the first of two votes, the council amended the bill and reduced from 400 to 300 the maximum number of hotel rooms. The council also required that 20 percent of all homes sold in the project be “affordable.”
Stormy weather may have been the cause of the April 18 crash of a single-engine plane that injured three people. Phil Auldridge, president of Island Hoppers, in a prepared statement said he spoke to the pilot after jet crash. “It appears that the aircraft was subjected to a rare but occasionally occurring natural phenomenon known as a microburst or “extreme downdraft,” the statement said. NTSB investigators say they had yet to talk to the pilot and it was “way too early to draw any conclusions.”