Today in West Hawaii history | May 22

May 22, 1984: Hawaii County Council Chairman Stephen Yamashiro suggests paring down the mayor’s high-salaried staff, thus eliminating a pair of positions for fiscal year 1984-84 that could save the county $80,000. Yamashiro suggested eliminating the deputy managing director and administrative aid during the council’s review of the proposed $64.7 million budget. The mayor’s office has been criticized by the Hawaii County Tax Association, which claims the office is stuffed with budget fat and should be cut.

May 22, 1994: Hawaii County has received more time to remedy a labor violation it made for failure to negotiate the effects of landfill privatization with the United Public Workers union. The “prohibitive practice” occurred in October 1993 when the county allowed Waste Management of Hawaii Inc. to operate the Puuanahulu Landfill, according to the Hawaii Labor Relations Board. The county may privatize its landfills, provided union concerns regarding potential worker displacement are first appeased, the board said. The board’s February ruling ordered the county to successfully negotiate operating impacts with the union by April 1 or be forced to run the $13 million facility itself. However, a subsequent county appeal resulted in a Third Circuit Court judge issuing two extensions in attempt to avoid “substantial damage” to the public. The “stays” recently expired prompting a county motion to prolong the deadline. Riki May Amano agrees to ponder the request. She will also delay until June 3 her ruling on the appeal of the board’s decision.

The general manager of an established cemetery management group in Hilo says it may have a plan to bail out bankrupt Hualalai Memorial Park. Patrick Caires, of Homelani Memorial Park, said his company is assembling a plan that would not only save the existing cemetery, but could also fulfill debt owed to creditors, as well as expand the graveyard in Keopu for further use. Plot owners are to meet with Caires on May 25 in Kona.

Construction of the North Hawaii Community Hospital is about to begin after more than three years of fundraising. As many as 500 people take part in a groundbreaking ceremony held for the 50-bed facility. Construction is set to begin during the summer with completion slated for late 1995.

May 22, 2004: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. May 22, 2004, was a Saturday.