Today in West Hawaii history | May 12

May 12, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. May 12, 1984, was a Saturday.

May 12, 1994: Some kind of improvement to Humuula Saddle Road will be necessary to safely handle projected travel, a team of experts studying the project said. Public scoping meetings were held last night to discuss the public need for improvements or a realignment of the cross-island road. Most in attendance agreed the narrow, winding road, with its mixture of civilian and military-traffic, is dangerous and inadequate.

The Hawaii County Council grants initial rezoning approval for the residential phase of the Villages at Hokukano project, yet is unable to override mayoral veto of its second dwelling bill.

Kevin Foster, a professional cyclist who biked the 2,000-mile length of the Great Wall of China in 1990, pedals to the 13,796-foot summit of Mauna Kea. Foster, of Waterbury, Conn., is in his second year of going around the United States and riding or carrying his bicycle to the state’s highest point. With Mauna Kea, he has now reached the highest point in 46 states.

May 12, 2004: Those involved in the Hokulia case aren’t saying much regarding the stalled luxury subdivision makai of Kealakekua, which ended in September with a stop work order against the developer. However, they did say that they are precluded from speaking the media, which means a mediation period, which was supposed to have ended in January, has yet to conclude. R.T. “Dick” Frye, vice president of The Lyle Anderson Co., Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, and Robert D.S. Kim, one of the plaintiff groups’ attorney, all said that they remain bound by a gag order that keeps them from revealing details of the mediation until talks have ended. The standing gag order also means that Judge Ronald Ibarra has yet to issue a final judgment that would allow defendant Hokulia to appeal the Circuit Court decision to the Hawaii Supreme court, an action Hokulia has said they would probably take.