Today in West Hawaii history | May 25


May 25, 1984: The Hawaii County corporation counsel has not rendered a legal opinion yet on the Hawaii County Taxpayers Association’s initiative petition, although one is expected soon. That’s the word from Hawaii County Council Chairman Stephen Yamashiro, who says he anticipates a response with the next week. Earlier this month, Yamashiro sent the petition to the corporation counsel to examine concerns raised by a local government employees union official, who claims the petition should be ruled void. The technicality involves the difference in the ink used in signing the document and accompanying dates.

Groundbreaking for the long-rumored Hyatt Hotel on 260 acres at Anaehoomalu Bay in Waikoloa will take place in January 1985, according to Hawaii County Councilman Bill Kawahara. Kawahara says he has received confirmation of the 1,260-room hotel project from “one of the top project officials in Honolulu.”

Four Kulani Prison guards have been suspended in the wake of a shakeup of the honor camp by the state Department of Social Services and Housing, the union representing the men said. A special DSSH team descended on the camp to rim up the operation and prevent contraband from entering the honor amp. The move follows a shakedown in March that turned up marijuana, pills and more than 100 weapons.

May 25, 1994: Patty Bergin, West Hawaii deputy district superintendent, will take over as Big Island District School Superintendent next month. Bergin will replace Alan Garson, who has served as the Big Island superintendent for more than seven years. Clarence Mills, principal of Paauilo Elementary and Intermediate Schools, was appointed by the Board of Education to fill the deputy position that Bergin is vacating.

Hawaii County is considering its first-ever development agreement following receipt of Oceanside 1250’s proposal for its planned Villages at Hokukano golf course and residential project north of Kealakekua Bay. Development agreements, sanctioned under a 1993 law, are voluntary contracts specifying community exactions a developer will make in exchange for zoning approval and exemption from future zoning-code changes. Oceanside 1250 in March proposed a development agreement for its 1,540-acre project slated to include a lodge, golf course and 367 residential lots.

The Ocean View Inn (now the The Fish Hopper) is reportedly Kailua Town’s oldest restaurant under the same continuous ownership as it nears 60 years in operation. Edwina “Winnie” Kam Booth says her grandmother bought the inn on Alii Drive in 1935 when only Teshima’s and Manago Hotel were in operation.

May 25, 2004: A Big Island company is planning to establish a honey farm in a kiawe tree forest near Puako. Volcano Island Honey Co. would like to set up an apiary in a thick forest of kiawe, also known as mesquite, or algaroba. The honey will be gourmet quality based on the isolation of the forest.

Police take the stand in the preliminary hearing for a 45-year-old man accused of hitting with his pickup truck a man and his son while they walked on Alii Drive earlier this month. Officers describe the condition of Kihei, 7, and Emil, 40, Spencer upon their arrival at the scene of the May 16 traffic collision saying both were curled in fetal positions and bleeding from their heads. The younger Spencer remains in the intensive care unit of an Oahu hospital. Police said that they confiscating marijuana, crystal meth, smoking pipe and syringes from Ledward’s vehicle following the accident.