Today in West Hawaii history | June 29

June 29, 1984: Defendant Orlando Ganir, 31, hugged his council and wept as Third Circuit Court Judge Paul de Silva late yesterday announced a verdict of innocent to the charge of the murder of Daniel Ku; innocent to the attempted murder of Charles Haanio and guilty of reckless endangerment in the first-degree in the shooting of Jerry Matias. Ganir’s younger brother, Alejandro, 28, was aslo found innocent in the charge of attempted murder of Haanio. The charges stemmed from a shooting incident outside the former Keauhou Beach Hotel disco in April 1983 in which Ku was killed and Haanio and Matias injured.

June 29, 1994: A less-strict version of the term-limit bill rejected by the Hawaii County Council less than a year ago will appear before its Committee on Finance for initial recommendation this week. The proposed charter amendment aimed at restricting council members to three consecutive two-year terms has been submitted by North Kona Councilman Jim Rath.

A deal has apparently been made between the state and land owner who wishes to develop a golf course subdivision in mauka South Kona. The Office of State Planning and Kealakekua Development Corp. have reportedly hammered out an agreement giving its blessing to a 500-lot golf course subdivision and reforestation project on the former Kealakekua Ranch.

June 29, 2004: The Hawaii Orchid Growers Association is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a recent rule change allowing potted orchids to be important into the United States from Taiwan. Orchid growers maintain that USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is overlooking the fact that potted plants imported from Taiwan could open the door for harmful arthropods, mollusk pests and diseases that can’t be controlled by chemicals currently registered with the U.S. government.