Today in West Hawaii history | May 28

May 28, 1984: A federal proposal to lease undersea areas around Hawaii for mining purposes is premature because no one is sure what the impacts might be, according to concerns being voiced by a Hawaii State legislator, a Hilo attorney and the Oceanic Society, a conservation group with western headquarters in San Francisco, among others. The state is cooperating with the U.S. Department of Interior’s efforts to prepare an environmental impact statement on the proposal to mine cobalt-rich crusts on the undersea slopes of the Hawaiian Islands.

May 28, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. May 28, 1994, was a Saturday.

May 28, 2004: By February 2005, it will be possible to drive down to Kua Bay in a sedan, enjoy a day at one of the Big Island’s best white-sand beaches, then shower and change in a modern comfort station before driving home. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says work will begin this weekend on a paved, two-lane access road to Maniniowali. The $2 million project will also include 50 parking spaces, landscaping and restroom facilities.

Hawaii County officials are encouraging those involved with the demolition of the old Kona Lagoon Hotel and Kaiko‘o Mall to recycle the buildings’ steel and concrete. A May 26 memorandum to Environmental Management commissioners from Solid Waste Division Chief Lono Tyson states recent landfill capacity analyses indicate the Hilo Landfill will reach capacity as early as May 2005. Tyson tells commissioners he is reviewing options for minimizing the amount of construction and demolition waste that is brought to the Hilo or Puuanahulu landfills. He proposes a ban for the Hilo landfill, or a tipping fee increase for all commercially generated construction and demolition waste at both sites.