Today in West Hawaii history | May 24

May 24, 1984: The Hawaii County Council defers action on a resolution seeking to obtain state land adjacent to the old Kona Airport for a proposed regional park. The decision follows discussion with a few Kona residents who attend the meeting and want the county to instead retain plans for the park at Kealakehe. The resolution seeks to obtain a 21-acre parcel from the state for a regional park site in Kailua, where the county already leases 14 acres.

Big Island residents are warned that an initiative effort to create a municipal power authority under the county government will not reduce electric rates in Hawaii. Hawaii Electric Light Co. president Norman Oss urges residents to not sign the initiative petitions being offered by the Big Island Committee for Municipal Electric Power. Oss says the information being disseminated by the organization is misrepresenting the facts about costs of electric service on the Big Island.

State corrections officials give control of the Big Island’s Kulani Prson to the administrator of Oahu’s Halawa High Security Facility for a major operations overhaul. Chapman Lam, corrections spokesman, says Halawa administrator William Oku is temporarily in charge at Kulani, and Halawa prison guards are being used to augment the Kulani staff of 25 guards. Deficiencies at the Big Island prison turned up during March when a large amount of contraband such as marijuana, pills and weapons was found.

May 24, 1994: A Native Hawaiian man says children are being denied their rights to a cultural education because of nudists who frequent Honokohau Beach. Alema Kaiokekoa, a kumu ao, or teacher, who helps guide school children on tours at Kaloko-Honokohau National Cultural Park, said no one should have to be given a choice to walk past nudists in order to access the national park.

Unemployment on the Big Island continues to increase while the number of jobs has decreased, according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. A department research statistician says the reason there are fewer jobs could be the completion of a project such as a hotel under construction or the scaling back of businesses because of the economy.

May 24, 2004: Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union breaks ground for its corporate headquarters facility that will also expand branch services into north Kailua-Kona. The two-story, 25,600-square-foot facility on Olowalu Street should be open by Fall 2005.