Today in West Hawaii history | May 19


May 19, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. May 19, 1984, was a Saturday.

May 19, 1994: Initial approval of Mayor Stephen Yamashiro’s amended $154.1 million operating and $19.2 million capital improvement projects budgets is unanimously granted by the Hawaii County Council. The council did not alter Yamashiro’s recent submittal, however, changes are “very likely” before final approval occurs next week, says Council Vice Chairman Brian De Lima.

Kona Boxing Club’s Leokava “Teli” Latu makes his professional boxing debut in Honolulu. The “Brown Bomber” will take on Palolo’s Edwin Teramoto on the undercard of Jesus Salud’s bout with Juan Valencia. Latu is a two-time Hawaii Golden Gloves champion.

May 19, 2004: The Oct. 1 opening of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa will provide more than 400 jobs to Big Island residents. Charldon Thomas, general manager of the resort, said the 400 to 450 new jobs are a combination of part- and full-time positions. Crews have been working since January to update the resort at an estimated cost of $45 million.

Voters may be deciding in November whether a percentage of real property tax collections should go into a county Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund. Hawaii County Council members voted at committee level for between a 0.5 and 3 percent of real property tax collections to be set aside for purchases, entitlements and improvements of lands dedicated to public use — including forests., beaches, watershed areas and agricultural lands.