May 10, 1984: The public’s message to the Hawaii Council Council on May 8 was crystal clear: keep Hawaii County nuclear free. That’s what speaker after speaker told the council during yesterday’s meeting in the crowded council room where public testimony focusing on the county’s ban on nuclear materials lasted for more than an hour. The county’s ordinance banning the storage and transportation of nuclear materials on Hawaii Island, adopted in 1981, has been under fire of late with some groups such as the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce calling for the law to be repealed or amended. The chamber would like to see the military exempt from the ordinance.
The crew of the “Pacific Peacemaker,” a nuclear protest ship presents the county with a “Nuclear Free Zone” certificate, commending the Big Island for providing another “link of peace” between Pacific communities. Before a packed house, a crew member from Palau, urged the county to not amend or kill the nuclear ban. The “Pacific Peacemaker,” a 54-foot steel-hulled, two-masted ketch, arrived in Hilo Harbor on recently following a 21-day voyage from Seattle where it was engaged in protests against the U.S. nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed Trident submarine system located in Puget Sound.
May 10, 1994: The Board of Land and Natural Resources will attempt to make some kind of decision this week on Hawaii Electric Light Co.’s request for a permit to expand its Keahole Generator Station at Kalaoa. The BLNR will discuss HELCO’s plans to spend $100 million to expand its 30-megawatt power plant in North Kona by 56 megawatts. Don Horiuchi of the Department of Land and Natural Resources said there was not enough time to reschedule the contested-case hearing requested by two residents and an independent power producers. He said HELCO’s application for the Conservation District Use Permit will be approved by default if the board does not take action on the matter before a May 18 processing deadline.
Jay Marak fought for four hours in waters off the Kona Coast recently to reel in a 798-pound marlin, the biggest caught in the state so for in 1994. Aboard the Hustler, skippered by Glen Hodson, Marak, of Channelview, Texas, said this was his first marlin.
May 10, 2004: Recent heavy rains in Kona did more than make Hualalai green. They provided a reminder of how vulnerable we are to flash flooding. Bob Nelson, chairman of the Kona Soil and Water Conservation District, says “we’re unprepared for anything of a large magnitude. This was a lot of rain only because we’ve been in a long drought.” The last significant flood in Kona occurred in 1982 when runoff from heavy mauka rains caused millions of dollars in damage — as well as matching litigation — in the Keopu Heights subdivision. Severe flooding also took palace in 1976, 1967, 1963 and 1956, according to the 1977 South Kona Flood Hazard Analysis.
Mark Blanchard and Jackson Bell boat the year’s fifth largest marlin, 859.5 pounds, on the aptly named Lot’s of Poki on May 8. The largest marlin caught thus far in 2004 was 961 pounds.