Today in West Hawaii history | May 8

May 8, 1984: The state says it will recommend a boundary line prohibiting net fishing in Kailua Bay between “Thurston” and “Wiha” points, just north of the Kona Inn complex, to the Board of Land and Natural Resources during the board’s next meeting on May 11. A law prohibiting net fishing has already been enacted, the boundary limiting the area to pole fishing, however, was not formally adopted. The law prohibits the use of more than one pole, two hooks or one line to fish in the bay. It also limits the use of nets to hand nets for catching bait shrimp and no more than 10 crab nets measuring two feet or less in diameter.

May 8, 1994: More than a dozen students from Konawaena High School have completed training and will now participate in part of a voyage on a sailing canoe along the West Hawaii coastline. The students have spent weekends training on the “Eala,” a double-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe equipped with a sail, in the waters off South Kona. The students are participating in Kona Coast Sails pilot program, the initial step in the establishment of Exploration Learning Centers, which will use Hawaii’s environment to provide hands-on learning experience.

A motion to dismiss murder and kidnapping charges against former Hawaii County police officer Kenneth Mathison has been denied by Third Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura. Nakamura rejected the defense’s argument that it has not had ample time to review evidence in preparation for the scheduled opening trial date of May 23. Mathison, 42, is currently free on $105,000 bail awaiting trial for the November 1992 death of his wife, Yvonne.

The first major school/community-based development management conference in West Hawaii draws a crowd of 150 people to Kealakehe Intermediate School. SCBM is a system of school management that allows greater school-level flexibility and the increased involvement of the community and those directly affected by the decisions.

May 8, 2004: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day in 2004. May 8, 2004, was a Saturday.