Today in West Hawaii history | June 13


June 13, 1984: The state Board of Land and Natural Resources will maintain its wait-and-see position on Hawaii County’s proposal to obtain a 21-acre parcel in Kailua for a regional park. According to BLNR member, Roland Higashi, the state will review the county’s proposal to establish the park adjacent to 14 acres already leased by the county at the Old Kona Airport. He pointed out, however, that the land board would wait for plans and project financing before it transferred the parcel over to county control.

Big Island library officials are beginning to plan for a relation of the Kailua library to a larger building in the state Department of Education Annex complex. All the stacks in the present 9,000-square-foot library on Hualalai Road will be moved into a building next door, part of which houses the Kona Police Substation. The new location will more than double the floor space of the library.

June 13, 1994: A helicopter tour company has proposed to build a private heliport in Ouli, South Kohala, from where it will operate its air tour business. Kenai Air Hawaii Inc. has proposed to build the 4-acre heliport mauka of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, according to the state Office of Environmental Quality Control. The project is expected to cost $350,000.

June 13, 2004: Hawaii County Planning Director Chris Yuen sees the positive in council members’ draft of the Hawaii County General Plan, but he is concerned that policies meant to protect important agricultural lands have been deleted. Extensive and intensive agricultural land use designations were retained in a second draft prepared by Council Chairman James Arakaki and Planning Committee Chairman Leningrad Elarionoff; however, the important agricultural land designation that the administration had proposed in draft 1 was deleted.