Today in West Hawaii history | July 2


July 2, 1984: Numerous letters that Kona residents sent to Land Board Chairman Susumu Ono will help the state Department of Land and Natural Resources assess Kona’s interest in having Hawaii County take over 21 acres of state land at the Old Kona Airport for park purposes.

State Sen. Dante Carpenter says he opposes the Hawaii County Taxpayers Association’s initiative petition. He calls the petition an “economic time bomb.”

July 2, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. July 2, 1994, was a Saturday.

July 2, 2004: Cargo bound for Big Island stores including Walmart, Lowes and Costco sits in Honolulu Harbor, and because of striking workers, Horizon Lines has no idea when it will be shipped to Kawaihae, said sales representative Brandie Oye. Tugboat workers for Young Bros. Ltd.-Hawaiian Tug and Barge went on strike July 1, indefinitely preventing interisland shipping of some goods.

Too complicated, unenforceable and anti-small business is how the Kailua Village Merchant’s Association views the Hawaii County Council’s proposed sign code revision.

The state is offering control of its small boat harbors and launch ramps to the counties as it also examines whether to privatize the facilities. Peter Young, BLNR chairman, made the offer in a June 24 letter to the four county mayors. The shift would give the county more home rule, allow more boating revenues to stay on the island and be a better alternative to privatization.