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Today in West Hawaii history | May 16


May 16, 1984: The state Land Use Commission votes to accept the environmental impact statement on the Farms of Kapua’s proposal to develop a 6,102-acre parcel in South Kona. The petitioner is seeking to reclassify the land from conservation to agriculture. Plans include cultivation of 1,700 acres for macadamia nuts, development of an aquaculture project, and the use of 2,472 acres for livestock pasture.

Governor George Ariyoshi now has before him a bill which might be the first step toward a major reorganization and consolidation of state hospital services on the Big Island. Buried in the supplemental budget bill is an appropriation of $100,000 for the state Department of Health. This allocation is for a comprehensive study of implementation plans and impact of a DOH task force analysis with alternative proposals including: the conversion of Ka’u, Kona, Kohala and Honokaa hospitals to intermediate care facilities and the consolidation of acute inpatient services to Hilo and Kona hospitals.

May 16, 1994: The $23 million Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant and accompanying $8.8 million Kealakehe Sewage Pump Station are finally fully operational, Hawaii County public works administrators say. Repeated construction delays, a defective lining within the pipe and the lack of a disposal site for 1 million gallons of treated effluent generated at the plant daily postponed its scheduled March 1992 opening date.

May 16, 2004: Scores of people walked down Kuakini Highway on May 15 during the 26th annual Visitor Industry Charity. Proceeds benefited Big Island charities and organizations. Statewide, 11,000 workers raised a record $946,000.

Civil Defense Administrator Troy Kindred likes the idea of creating a registry for unexploded ordnance for the island. But he’s concerned that such a task could be “daunting” for his agency without the necessary resources. Councilman Bob Jacobson, representing Puna, Ka’u and South Kona, drafted the bill that calls on Civil Defense to create “a central repository for confirmed inventory sites of unexploded military ordnance and explosive devices in the County of Hawaii and surrounding coastal waters up to 1,000 meters deep.”

Sam Choy’s Kaloko was one of four restaurants to receive an America’s Classics Award at the James Beard Foundations Awards ceremony held May 10 in Manhattan, N.Y. The America’s Classics Award is awarded to locally owned and operated restaurants that have been in operation for at least 10 years.