May 18, 1984: Kona Police Officer Belinda Kahiwa is named officer of the year for the Kona district.
November approval of the Hawaii County Taxpayers Association’s initiative petition could mean massive layoffs and reductions in government services, according to a government report. The HCTA is proposing a county Charter amendment that would reduce the real property tax rate from $8.60 to $4 per $1,000 in assessed valuation on land classified residential, agriculture, apartment and conservation. The reduced rate, however, is expected to cut anywhere from $16 million to $18 million out of the county’s operating revenues. Using a conservative $16.5 million revenue loss, the study indicated 35 percent or 400 of the county’s 1,200 employees would be laid off, among other cuts to programs and services.
May 18, 1994: Lawmakers unanimously defer recommendation of Kealakekua Development Corp.’s request for a rezoning approval of its proposed $100 golf course and residential project above Captain Cook. The Hawaii County Council’s Committee on Planning ruled more time is needed to deliberate the project, although two members said they will vote to reclassify the 11,184 acres of agricultural land.
Waimana Enterprises has asked the state Supreme Court to order the Board of Land and Natural Resources to reverse its decision not to act on Hawaii Electric Light Co.’s application to build a 30-megawatt power plant on conservation land at Keahole, North Kona. Albert Hee, president of Waimana Enterprises, says he is being denied his right to a contested-case hearing because the non-action will allow the application to be approved by default May 18, the board’s deadline to act on HELCO’s request. The company, an independent power producer that has proposed a 58-megawatt power plant of its own in Kawaihae, was one of three parties granted status in a contested-case hearing regarding the necessary Conservation District Use Application filed by HELCO. Two contested-case hearings were previously postponed. The board attempted a vote on May 13, but with three abstentions and one excused member the 2-0 vote was effectively a non-action.
May 18, 2004: A contractor has been chosen to clear up debris at Hapuna Beach State Park, a state official says. James Ishii General Contracting Co. of Hilo was awarded the $12,000 cleanup job but officials have yet to determine when the job can be started. Heavy rain and runoff on March 1 destroyed several concrete picnic tables and benches at the southern end of the beach park. The areas has been blocked off by yellow caution tape and orange traffic cones since.
The county is conducting an in-house study of West Hawaii’s traffic woes, a study which includes examination from the air using the county helicopter. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says the study is an ongoing and multi-prong attack which includes all applicable departments, including police and Public and Works observing the streets during off and peak hours.
Northwest Airlines confirms it will begin daily service to Kona. The airline will operate a Seattle-Maui-Kona flight beginning July 15. The airline’s spokesman says Kona was selected because of its location near the major resorts on the Big Island. The flights will seat 224 passengers.