Today in West Hawaii history | July 15

July 15, 1984: The Hawaii County Council votes 6-2 to approve on final reading a bill exempting the military from the county’s anti-nuclear ordinance. The bill now goes to Mayor Herbert Matayoshi for his signature.

July 15, 1994: A request for $1 million in planning funds for the Humuula Saddle Road has been approved by the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriates, U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye announces. A number of governmental agencies are currently in the process of gathering information for the proposed realignment and improvement of the cross-island road. Taking part in the project are the U.S. Department of Transportation, the state, county and U.S. Army.

July 15, 2004: Construction continues on the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority’s Gateway Distributed and Renewable Energy Resources Center in North Kona. The educational facility will exhibit a showcase cutting-edge, energy-efficient elements within its design.

Parties in the Hokulia dispute have reached an impasse that may signal the onset of new litigation and appeal surrounding the stalled luxury subdivision. An email on July 13 from developer Lyle Anderson to Hokulia members said mediator Patrick Yim has sent letters to the parties and Third Circuit Court declaring the negotiations have reached a point where a settlement is impossible. Hokulia has been under a stop-work order since September when Third Circuit Court Judge Ronald Ibarra declared the 1,550-acre, 750-lot subdivision to be an illegal use of agricultural land.

Emergency Medical Service and Coast Guard helicopters will no longer have to land in parking lots at Kona Community Hospital with the near completion of a heliport. The new landing site is located mauka of the main hospital building and is 60 feet in diameter with almost enough space for two helicopters to land. One helicopter could land and unload and then move to the side for another helicopter to lando