Today in West Hawaii history | May 17

May 17, 1984: The Hawaii County Council Public Works Committee passes a resolution to obtain a 21-acre state-owned parcel adjacent to old Kona Airport for a proposed multi-purpose facility. The resolution next goes to the full council for approval.

The council’s Finance Committee approves a $16,640 appropriation earmarked for the purchase of two three-wheel motorcycles which would be used for police patrol in Kailua. The resolution next goes to the full council for approval. Kona Police Commissioner Bob Herkes says the bikes are essential in the patrol of Kailua Village where police have had a problem with public drinking and the selling or use of illegal drugs.

May 17, 1994: A revised salary ordinance pending Hawaii County Council consideration proposes cutting funds for a $50,000 specialist position and providing the deputy clerk with a $3,000 annual raise. Deleting the legislative special assistant position can be overcome by reshuffling the office and council-assigned workload, said Bobby Jean-Leithead Todd, county legislative auditor. The $49,920 earned annually by recent retiree Robert Shioji will likely be used to finance departmental raises contained the newly approved Hawaii Government Employees Association contracts, she said. Increasing the deputy clerk’s pay from $60,216 to $63,228 beginning July 1 was requested to make the annual salary equivalent to those of other county deputy directors.

Kealakekua Development Corp. obtains a temporary restraining order to halt a state Land Use Commission meeting regarding a controversial proposed development which could change the face of mauka Kona. KDC attorney Sandy Schutte was granted the TRO so that the court may act on a suit which questions the legality of a request by the Office of State Planning to reclassify most of KDC’s property to the state’s Conservation District.

May 17, 2004: Two of the Hawaii Police Department’s latest hires spent the past two weeks sniffing cocaine, heroin, ice and marijuana. Nalu and Pono, a pair of energetic Labrador Retrievers, joined the department’s vice section a week ago and are being trained in narcotics detection. The addition of the two 2-year-old dogs doubles the number of narcotics detection canines in the police department.