April 26, 1984: Despite indications that Kona Hospital will recommence psychiatric services, it does not plan to resume admission of involuntary psychiatric patients.
A Certificate of Need Exemption application for a change in service and designation of eight beds from psychiatric to medical-surgical at the Kealakekua facility was withdrawn by the county and state Hospitals Division, according to correspondence between State Health Planning Administrator Henry Thompson and Deputy Director of Health Abelina Shaw. Thompson, responding to Shaw, said “having withdrawn the application, Kona Hospital will continue to provide the psychiatric beds and services which it provided prior to the submittal of the application.” … However, this does not include the admission of “involuntary” psychiatric patients.
Hawaii County Clerk Rudy Legaspi rules valid the Hawaii County Taxpayers Association’s initiative petition to reduce the real property tax rate. He said 9,580 signatures were certified, 317 over the required limit. The petition seeks to lower from $8.60 to $4 per $1,000 valuation.
April 26, 1994: Most county facilities are “acceptable” in terms of appearance and sanitation, yet unusable by the physically disabled, according to a 122-site report prepared for the the Hawaii County Council. Of those sites inspected, 84 were judged “acceptable” and 22 “excellent” based on the grounds, buildings and provisions for health and safety. The report identified 16 sites, including five in Ka’u, as “unacceptable.”
Thousands of white-collar state and county employees continue to walk the picket line as the Hawaii Government Employees Association strike enters its second week. HGEA communications officer Garen Deweese said informal talks resumed as union and government negotiators attempted to break the deadlock over wage increases. No formal discussions took place and none were scheduled.
It was standing room only outside the Royal Waikoloan Hotel ballroom as an estimated 3,000 people waited hoping for an extra piece of the action. The action — to start in June — the filming of the movie “Waterworld.”
Big Island amateur golfer Jackie Yates Holt, who was born in Kealakekua, will be one of three golfers inducted into the 1994 Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame on May 2. Holt, the daughter of Big Island territorial senator Julian Yates, played in her first tournament at Mid-Pacific when she was just 11 years old.
April 26, 2004: The average price of a resort-residential home on the Big Island is down, but total revenues are expected to exceed last year’s total because of the skyrocketing number of sales. Honolulu market researcher Ricky Cassiday said the 364 closings in the first three quarters of 2003 for homes in Big Island master-planned resorts had already exceeded total closings in any of the last three years. If the trend continues during the last quarter of 2003, it would offset the considerable drop in average price, which reached a high of $1.7 million in 2002. The average selling price of a resort-residential property on the Big Island with a quarter left to be reported in 2003 was $959,216.