Today in West Hawaii history | May 5

May 5, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. May 5, 1984, was a Saturday.

May 5, 1994: A brainstorming session is held in Kona to get local people involved in the HIV prevention planning process. The state Department of Health Sexually Transmitted Diseases/AIDS Prevention Branch recently received a $1.2 million grant for a community based HIV prevention plans from the Centers for Disease Control and has divided the state into 10 planning areas with 10 meetings planned, including a session in Hilo. Peter Whiticar, branch chief, said the plans are an opportunity for members of the community to participate in looking at what the needs and resources are in each community.

Mayor Stephen Yamashiro requests a $154.1 million operating budget — a $6 million reduction from the current allocation — that includes a slightly lower homeowner real property tax rate. Yamashiro also decreased his requested capital improvement budget by $4 million to $19.2 million. The proposed reduction is the first sought by a Big Island mayor in the past 20 years.

The proposed $15 million Kukuihaele Amanresort slated for former sugarcane land near the Waipio Valley lookout receives initial support from Hawaii County Council members and scores of area residents. The council’s committee on planing votes 6-1 to recommend the council adopt five rezoning bills needed for the combined resort/residential project.

May 5, 2004: Bidding opens for the $10.9 million project to widen and improve Kuakini Highway between Palani and Hualalai roads in Kaiua-Kona. Hawaii County officials said a contract is expected to be awarded within three months and construction could begin as soon as September. It should take a contractor 18 to 24 months to complete the half-mile of work.

A lack of adequate loading zones along Alii Drive has delivery truck drivers going in circles. And, finding a solution has county officials doing the same. In the past, truck drivers simply pulled up in front of a business — often parking on curbs and sidewalks — to make deliveries. In April, police began issuing $30 citations to truck drivers who parked illegally. The fine increases to $55 if not paid within 14 days. Police said officers noticed the problem worsening over time but were unable to address it because the department did not have enough officers. However, that changed when several officers were given Cushman vehicles, which resemble golf carts, and assigned to patrol Kailua town.