Today in West Hawaii history | June 22


June 22, 1984: The Hawaii County Council gives final approval to Waikii Ranch Associates’ rezoning request of 2,321 acres on the slopes of Mauna Kea, where it wants to develop a communal ranch program.

June 22, 1994: Emergency room renovations for Kona Community Hospital are at least one more year away. This year’s Legislature did not appropriate funds for the project, but money for infrastructure improvements already has been allotted. Hospital functions continue to be strained. Currently, the hospital is running at more than 100 percent capacity more than one-third of the time, according to KCH Chief of Staff John Lattimer.

Atlantis Submarines and the state are close to completing a deal that would grant the tour company a nonexclusive lease to more than 2 acres of the bottom of Kailua Bay. The 40-year lease to be granted by the Board of Land and Natural Resources, would enable Atlantis to place artificial reefs on the bottom of the bay, if it should so choose.

June 22, 2004: After standing for three decades — more than half of them as an empty shell — the Kona Lagoon Hotel is coming down. Kamehameha Schools recently began demolition of the 454-room hotel, completed in 1974, at a cost of $10.5 million, as part of recently announced efforts to upgrade the Keauhou Resort area. The Kona Lagoon property has been closed since 1988.