Today in West Hawaii history | August 3

Aug. 3, 1984: The Hawaii County Taxpayers Association tax reduction initiative will not result in a loss of revenue and service, but will mark an increase in the county’s economy and employment, says Howard Jarvis, the author of California’s Proposition 13 tax reduction initiative. He says the arguments against the reductions, including loss of emergency services and resultant poor credit ratings, are a “political line and con job that are 10,000 percent wrong.” He said that since Proposition 13 passed in California, there has been far more money available with school expenditures up 40 percent, city and county expenditures up 30 percent and state expenditures up 69 percent.

Aug. 3, 1994: The Four Seasons Resort at Kaupulehu North Kona is underway — again — with completion projected for late 1996. Company Vice President Jeffrey Mongan said funds to complete the 250-room, bungalow-type hotel have been in place since investor Kajima Engineering and Construction joined the development Kaupulehu Makai Venture in 1993. The original plans for a higher-density 358-room hotel were scrapped as a result of changing global economies, he said.

Although Hawaii County now owns Henry Street, the long-completed connector road will remain closed until at least mid-October to allow for the installation of a new sewer line. The Hawaii County Council last month accepted the four-lane road from developer KKI Inc., which will be paid $1 for the land deed. County ownership paves the way for Maryl Development Inc. to being installing a sewer line required for its Crossroads project located at the intersection of Henry Street and Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

Aug. 3, 2004: Construction of at least four new telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island would have little effect on native Hawaiian archaeological sites, according to a preliminary environmental impact statement for the project. No archaeological sites have been discovered in the areas where the telescopes would be built, but some sites have been found in surrounding locations, according to the statement. NASA plans to build at least four and as many as six smaller “Outrigger” telescopes around the two larger Keck IO and Keck II telescopes atop Mauna Kea.