Today in West Hawaii history | July 3


July 3, 1984: Big Island activist James Albertini will call off a planned blockade at Hilo Harbor on July 18 if the Hawaii County Council shelves a bill targeted at exempting the military from the county’s anti-nuclear ordinance. Last month, Albertini announced plans by a peace-seeking group that includes protesting and blacking the harbor later this month when the frigate USS Ouellet visits Hilo to participate in the International Festival of the Pacific.

July 3, 1994: Native Hawaiian sovereignty activists have been inspecting a Ka’u area beach park, possibly for potential camp relocation following their eviction from state land on Oahu. Ohana Council leader Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele and some of his following last week visited Punaluu Black Sand Beach Park, according to sources. Kanahele and an estimated 150 campers were recently evicted from Oahu’s Makapuu Beach Park where they had established illegal camps for a year. Kanahele’s recent presence in Punaluu has spurred rumors that he could be planning to lead the controversial group here.

July 3, 2004: Behind the public bathrooms, an ahupuaa wall separates the Laaloa Beach Park and car lot from an archaeological grave site. Left unmarked, the wall built of “sacred stones” has been destroyed and disregarded by Hawaii County and the public. In 2002, the county agreed to repair the wall after Ron Cawthon of Keauhou filed a formal complain about the damage done by county workers trimming the site’s trees. He alleged the workers “knowingly damaged the wall,” removed “sacred stones” from Laaloa and “dumped them” near the Kona pool. These actions violated state Historic Preservation Law. Two years later, repairs have yet to be made.

Big Island residents stock up necessities amid the second-day of a strike by members of Young Bros. Ltd-Hawaiian Tug & Barge and the Inlandboatman’s Union of the Pacific.