Today in West Hawaii history | May 11


May 11, 1984: Flood control structures are being recommended for three North Kona areas that have experienced heavy flooding in the past. Officials with the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service are proposing new flood channels for the makai sections of Kaumalumalu, Waiaha and Keopu ahupuaas. The officials will base a report, to be prepared this summer, on their own field work as well as public input they have received at a series of public hearings.

The Hawaii County Council gives final approval to Gamlon Corp.’s rezoning request at Holualoa, where a $35 million residential subdivision is planned over a 7.5-year period. The by a 9-0 vote, the council approved the rezoning of 173.6 acres mauka of the Kilohana Subdivision in North Kona. Gamlon plans to develop 215 15,000 square-foot lots and 475 multiple family units.

Business will continue as usual at the Kona Village Resort, which was acquired this week by the Associated Inns and Restaurants Company of America, according to that company’s vice president of development John McGrath. McGrath confirmed that the Denver-based company formally took ownership on May 8. He said the company planned to keep the resort “exactly the same” by keeping the current staff and look.

May 11, 1994: Federal highway administrators seeking public input regarding long-range plans to realign treacherous Saddle Road hold the first of three regional hearings, attracting more than 50 residents. The Department of Defense has appropriated $2.3 million to finance an environmental impact statement and preliminary design work for the roadway portion running through the U.S. Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area. Four “conceptual routes” have been identified with one trimming the current 86-mile trek down to 72 miles.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a national discount retail chain, will open its first Big Island store in Kona in spring 1995. The 127,325-square-foot store will be located in the Crossroads Shopping Center on the mauka side of Queen Kaahumanu Highway near the road’s intersection with Henry Street.

A plan to begin preparation of an environmental impact statement for an interpretive park at Kamoa Point will be acted on by the Board of Land and Natural Resources this week. Traditionally known as Keolonahihi, the northern half of Kamoa Point is an extensive complex of ancient Hawaiian structures that was saved from development by the state in 1980. There are five halau, or temples on the 12-acre site, as well as a number of house sites. Kamoa Point is located on the makai side of Alii Drive, approximately three miles south of Kailua Village.

May 11, 2004: Denise Lindsey has trained Special Olympians in the sport of power lifting for the past six years. She will take over as the new Big Island coordinator for Special Olympics in June.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy defeats Waiakea 6-3 to win the Big Island Interscholastic Federation girls water polo title.