Today in West Hawaii history | July 7

July 7, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. July 7, 1984, was a Saturday.

July 7, 1994: Although present on the Big Island or nearly six months, the Hollywood production team of “Waterworld” officially introduced itself to the community. Filming is now in its second week, capping seven months pre-production work on the Big Island and two years preparation. The film is set for a 1995 release and stars Kevin Costner.

Kenneth Perrin, chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, reaffirms his commitment to the West Hawaii campus during a meeting with student representatives, politicians and members of the community. Perrin address the conerns of students at the West Hawaii campus who say they see no commitment from the university system.

A Japanese developer may proceed with a planned 106-unit luxury subdivision in the upper Puuanahulu area of North Kona. A bill rezoning 426 acres on the makai side of Mamalahi Highway, across from Puulani Ranch, was adopted by the Hawaii County Council 7-2. Rezoning paves the way for Spear Development Corp., headed by Osaka businessman Toshihiko Saiga, to proceed with the residential phase of its Big Island Country Club and Estates project.

July 7, 2004: Kona’s two Hawaii County Council representatives have introduced legislation calling for two planning commissions. Bill 281 — introduced by Joe Reynolds and Curtis Tyler — suggests an amendment to the County Charter relating to allow a seven-member Kona Planning Commission.