Today in West Hawaii history | July 11


July 11, 1984: A Hawaii County official is planning to inspect factory-built housing coming off an Oregon factory line and to meet with Oregon inspectors next week. County expenses for the trip will be reimbursed by Al Bell, president of Mauka Enterprises Development Inc., who plans to sell factory-built housing in Kona. Caren Durante, Mayor Herbert Matayoshi’s West Hawaii coordinator, will check out the inspection methods used on houses coming off the line. The idea is to make certain the county can rely on the factory seals of inspection.

July 11, 1994: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the first luxury resort development in South Kohala, closes its doors to undergo restoration of guest rooms, public space and restaurants. Work on the 29-year-old 310-room hotel will begin after the opening of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which is scheduled for mid-August.

July 11, 2004: The University of Hawaii at Hilo has been given a 10-year extension on its accreditation, winning high praise the accreditation team. Ten years is the longest accreditation period granted by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.