Today in West Hawaii history | May 20

May 20, 1984: When Gov. George Ariyoshi signed into law the Milolii-Hoopuloa Bill on April 30, it signaled another phase in the revitalization and cultural preservation of the small fishing village of Milolii, a village that many thought would disappear in the 1950s. The bill extends the deadline for long-term leases in the Milolii-Hoopuloa area from January 1985 to January 1987. This allows former residents of Hoopuloa and blood relatives displaced by the 1926 lava flow legal access to 10,000-square-foot lots in a 52.5-acre area makai of the Milolii Road set by Territorial Gov. Lawrence Judd. That order declared the land covered by the Puu Keokeo vent of Mauna Loa as a public park and granted the county authority to create a Hawaiian village at Milolii.

May 20, 1994: Testimony on the proposed Oceanside 1250 “Villages at Hokukano” golf course, private hotel and residential project in South Kona was largely opposed, as poor planning, lack of a regional plan and inadequate infrastructure were cited by the public. Members of the Hawaii County Council Planning Committee heard testimony from more than 100 people on the controversial development.

Kealakekua Development Corp. fails twice to half state Land Use Commission proceedings on a state petition to down zone land the developer has earmarked for a golf course subdivision. The LUC voted to deny KDCs motion to dismiss the Office of State Planning’s petition to reclassify much of the former Kealakekua Ranch from state agriculture to conservation. Also denied was a request by KDC to postpone the meeting until June 16 when a motion to permanently halt the LUC from hearing the OSP request can be heard in 3rd Circuit Court.

May 20, 2004: Next year’s $250 million budget gets Hawaii County Council members’ initial stamp of approval, but not without adjustments for new police officers and firefighters, and a halt in the county’s pursuit of an East Hawaii trash sorting station. Council members proposed to pay for 10 new police officers in Kona and five new police officers in Puna, at a total of about $350,000, with the fund balance carryover from this year’s budget. Council members also opted for 12 new firefighters at a cost of $360,000.