Today in West Hawaii history | May 26

May 26, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. May 26, 1984, was a Saturday.

May 26, 1994: Qualified residents may obtain no-interest county loans of up to $10,000 to purchase certain lots within the Pualani Estates affordable housing project in Kailua-Kona, county housing administrators announce. The county has made available $138,000 to help residents buy 30 unsold fee-simple house-and-lot packages. The money, part of in-lieu affordable housing payments made by area developers, will be offered to residents earning up to 80 percent of the Big Island’s median income. That equates to about $29,280 annually for a family of four.

A large group of residents begins the process of formulating a South Kona regional plan and came up with one main message: Mauka development must be slowed or stopped immediately. About 200 people attended the first in a series of meetings to develop the plan and identified diverse reasons for the majority message. Much of the imminent concern centered around the proposed 1,540-acre Villages at Hokukano golf course subdivision below Kealakekua and the proposed 11,184-acre Kealakekua Ranch Lands golf course subdivision and reforestation project above Captain Cook.

May 26, 2004: The state is seeking comment from families with traditional and historical ties to Puuanahulu as it addresses human remains in the so-called “cowboy cave.” A spokesman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources says cultural sensitivity requires consultations to be the first step in the process to re-inter the remains, which are frequently visited by interested people. Big Island resident Lawrence Braley recently brought the matter into the public eye when he said the remains, which have been an open secret to many, were being desecrated by visitors. The remains, which are believed to be those of cowboys from the late 1800s, are deep in side a large lava tube, the entrance only a short walk from Queen Kaahumanu Highway.