Today in West Hawaii history | July 9

July 9, 1984: Members of the fishing industry, following a private meeting in Kona last week, have begun a letter-writing campaign to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change federal standards for mercury content in billfish. The state Department of Health last week banned the sale of all Pacific blue marlin and the sale of other types of billfish over 200 pounds. Two fish distributors in Hawaii — Suisan and United Fishing Agency — recently won a 10-day temporary restraining order keeping the state from enforcing its ban.

July 9, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day in 1994. July 9, 1994, was a Saturday.

July 9, 2004: The long-debated Waimea Bypass moved forward in the planning process when the Hawaii Department of Transportation released an environmental impact statement preparation notice, meaning the state will study effects of building the road to ready for the project. The proposed path of the bypass, however, would pass through Hawaiian Home Lands, the most controversial and contentious aspect of the plan for the public.

The sale of two West Hawaii resorts should close by the end of July, bringing in additional investment and enhancement to the resort communities. Outrigger Enterprises signed a binding agreement to sell Waikoloa Beach Marriot Resort and Maui’s Wailea Marriot Resort to affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Advisors of New York for an undisclosed price. Kona Village Resort will soon be under the ownership of H. Ty Warner, the Beanie Babies creator.

Six passengers and the pilot of a Blue Hawaiian helicopter walked away from is no being described as a crash that occurred along the Hamakua Coast on July 8. Crews aboard a Hawaii County helicopter confirmed the helicopter down and its passengers out of the aircraft shortly after receiving a call from the Blue Hawaiian pilot asking to be picked up in upper Paauilo, approximately 200 yards mauka of Kukuipapa Road.