Today in West Hawaii history | June 7


June 7, 1984: The Hawaii County Council approves a resolution that seeks to obtain a 21-acre parcel from the state to use as a Kona regional park. By a 9-0 vote, the council passed the resolution following more than 90 minutes of public testimony that was almost all in favor of pursuing the Kailua parcel over another proposed park site at Kealakehe. The 21 acres are located adjacent to Old Kona Airport Park, which is leased from the state by the county.

June 7, 1994: The Keauhou Master Homeowners Association has filed a $2 million class action suit against the county and Bishop Estates for the privatization of the Keauhou sewer system. Frank Jung, attorney for the homeowners, claims the county and Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate committed an illegal taking of property and violated antitrust laws when the county-operated Heeia Sewage Treatment Plant was closed and the new wastewater facility opened. The complaint asks for a jury trial to determine if laws were broken when Mayor Stephen Yamashiro terminated county sewage service to Keauhou residents and transferred its rights to the Bishop Estate.

June 7, 2004: Hawaii County officials closed Mamalahoa Highway and Saddle Road for approximately two hours on June 6 because of heavy smoke blowing across the road, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense. The smoke is believed to have been caused by a heater malfunction in a tar container at the Glover Facility in Waimea.

Lanihau Properties is finalizing plans for the West Hawaii Business Park, a $5 million industrial area just mauka of Honokohau Harbor. The 190-acre project is part of a larger 335-acre parcel owned by Lanihau Properties that was approved for urban expansion by the state Land Use Commission in September. According documents at the county planning office, graded lots with access to infrastructure will be offered in size of a half acre to 25 acres, with sizes determined by market demand.