May 23, 1984: Hawaii County may add three new patrolmen and a civilian position to Kona’s police force, according to Hawaii County Council Chairman Stephen Yamashiro, who released a list of amendments to the proposed $64.7 million operating budget for fiscal year 1984-85. “Kailua Village has been plagued with a serious problem of drug trafficking activities,” he said. “In order to ensure a safe environment for our residents and visitors, a three-wheel motor scooter patrol will be established.” The cost of the new officers to operate the patrol will be $58,838. The civilian position, a person qualified to administer polygraph exams, will cost $12,474.
May 23, 1994: Kamehameha Investment Corp. proposes a residential subdivision of about 50 fee simple lots on more than 22 acres above The Villas subdivision in Keauhou. A draft environmental assessment has been released for the $4.2 million project. According to the EA, the project aims to meet Keauhou’s market demand for fee-simple, single-family homes. Keauhou Estates, an earlier development built by Kamehameha Investment Corp., has sold out.
May 23, 2004: The third time’s the charm for the Konawaena High School girls basketball team as it captures what’s believed to be the first state championship in school history with a 51-41 win over the Kahuku Red Raiders for the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division I championship.
A self-described Honokohau Harbor “watchdog” says the sate is again allowing junk to pile up at a secluded spot only a few years after he organized a cleanup of the area. But a harbor official said the area is being used to store bulky items that are not easily taken to the transfer station or landfill. Ron Freitas, a charter skipper who alerted West Hawaii Today to the junkyard in 2000, said large items such as old toilets, lumber and abandoned boat trailers are again accumulating at the area just south of the harbor.