Today in West Hawaii history | July 19


July 19, 1984: Three anti-nuclear activists are arrested by U.S. Coast Guard officials off of Pier 3 in Hilo Harbor after they jumped into the water moments before the USS Ouellet docked. By jumping into the water, the three violated the Coast Guard safety zone established around the Ouellet because of fears of a “human blockade” involving a large number of protesters on boats and surfboards. The blockage never develops although Coast Guard vessels issued several warnings to a variety of small crafts in the harbor.

July 19, 1994: Big Island police and rangers are renewing efforts against livestock rustlers. Two men were arrested last week in connection with a butchered cow they had allegedly just shot on private property adjacent to Waikoloa Village. Parker Ranch, Crime Stoppers and the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association are each offering up $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading tot he conviction of poachers and rustlers.

Kahala Capital Corporation will not construct its proposed marine exploratorium/water recreation park along Queen Kaahumanu Highway in North Kona after losing a civil case against the state Land Use Commission. Third Circuit Court Judge Ronald Ibarra ruled that the proposed project, Ooma II, was not reasonable and did not conform to urban district boundary standards, upholding an earlier decision by the state LUC.

July 19, 2004: More than 200 people attend the annual Cream of the Crop coffee tasting at the Kona Village Resort. Sponsored by the Kona Coffee Council, Kona Village Resort and Starbucks, the event featured 21 Kona coffee brews.