May 1, 1984: Kona Councilman William Kawahara supports the county’s ordinance banning storage or transportation of nuclear weapons in Hawaii County, and doesn’t believe it should be repealed. “I think we ought to keep it. This Big Island is on the way to becoming the center of peace in the Pacific area and I believe we should do everything to keep it that way,” he said. Last week, Kawahara and the council came face-to-face with the nuclear issue when anti-war activist James Albertini sought court action to stop a Navy destroyer, the USS Joseph Stauss, from entering Hilo Harbor.
Councilwoman Helene Hale is unhappy with her colleagues’ treatment of the county budget now under review. Last week, Hale sent a letter to Hawaii County Council Chairman Stephen Yamashiro calling the council’s budget-making process a farce. She was angry with her colleagues after they ignored her suggestion to hold a public seminar on the fiscal year 1984-85 budget.
Ernest Souza, a dairyman on Oahu for 18 years, has taken over ownership of Naalehu Dairy in Ka‘u. Souza bought the cows and machinery and the dairy’s quota of milk deliver in mid-April from C. Brewer and Company.
State parks officials come under fire from members of the defunct Kamoa Point Advisory Committee, who complain that the process is taking too long and a person with no background in Hawaiiana was hired to perform historical research that will lead toward the development of the Kamoa Point State Historical Park. Twelve acres of the point were purchased in 1980 by the state for $5.4 million.
May 1, 1994: Reaction among HGEA strikers in Hilo casting votes on a proposed contract ranged from strong support for the three bargaining-unit proposals to predictions that picket lines would continue.
The net taxable value of all Hawaii Island property has dropped 1.8 percent from 1993, contrasting double-digit assessment increases each of the previous several years, county finance administrators say. The latest real property tax assessments have dipped $193.5 million $10.62 billion.
Hawaii’s population is expected to reach more than 1.8 million by the year 2020, according to a report issued by the Bureau of the Census.
The Konawaena High School Wildcats junior varsity soccer team racks up the Big Island’s best record this season, 5-1-1.
May 1, 2004: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. May 1, 2004, was a Saturday.