Today in West Hawaii history | June 16

June 16, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. June 16, 1984, was a Saturday.

June 16, 1994: Oceanside 1250 will get to build an upscale subdivision near Kealakekua Bay and the public will receive eternal use of public will receive eternal use of an inclusive 140-acre coastal park the Hawaii County Council narrowly voted yesterday. A bill rezoning 683 acres to allow for the planned Villages at Hokukano was adopted by a 5-4 vote. Developer Oceanside 1250 — whose name is derived from its mauka property line — may now proceed with construction of 367 mostly one- and two-acre residential lots.

Initial rezoning approval for a 106-unit luxury subdivision slated for Puuanahulu, North Kona, was granted by the Hawaii County Council yesterday.He bill seeking to have 426 acres across from Puulani Ranch on the makai side of Mamalahoa Highway rezoned from unplanned to one-acre agricultural passed on first reading by a 7-2 vote.

A Kona company which has developed a technique to farm black pearls has received a $50,000 grant form the USDA to continue its research. Recipient Black Pearls Inc. is based at NELHA at Keahole Point.

June 16, 2004: The spokesman for the Big Island chapter of Sierra Club has criticized a second draft of the Hawaii County General Plan suggetsed by council members, claiming their suggested changes make them “aggressively pro-development.” The General Plan guides the island’s future development with its policy statements and Land Use Pattern Allocation Guide maps. “This is not a plan; it is a blank check for developers. (James) Arakaki and (Leningrad) Elarionoff have drafted loops large enough for a bulldozer to drive through,” David Kimo Frankel state in a prepared statement.

BBs that cost only pennies inflicted $1,000 worth of damage to a Kailua-Kona business last week. Vandals shot out two kitchen windows to the Kailua Candy Company on Kaiwi Street, shattering glass onto counters, equipment and the floor.