WHT at 50: Developers propose 328-acre luxury subdivision above Keauhou Bay

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1968 | Volume I, Issue XIII

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1968 | Volume I, Issue XIII



“$30 Million Kona Subdivision Planned Above Keauhou Bay”

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Plans have been submitted to Bishop Estate for approval of a $30 million, 328-acre subdivision above Keauhou Bay to be known as Kona Polo Park Estates.

The new project will include luxury homes ranging in price up to $250,000 and is aimed at drawing residents from all over the world.

A 28-acre shopping center, that would have a rustic Polynesian motif, is also included in the plans. A proposed theater is also included in the complex.

“Ceremonies Slated Today”

By Irma Chillingworth

Groundbreaking ceremonies are set for the $350,000 Keauhou-Kona Golf Course club house. The Rev. Henry Boshard was to give the blessing for the 7,680-square-foot, two-story facility located between the front and back nines.

“Work Stop Ordered At Keahole Road”

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The state Department of Transportation issues a stop work order on a 1.5 mile section of road that will serve as the entry section of the new Keahole Airport. According to Harry Suyama, DOT assistant engineer, there will be a realignment of that section of road which makes up the tail end of the construction job.

Meanwhile, Sidney J. Weinrich, president of the Kona Civic Club, is awaiting reply from Gov. John Burns and DOT Director Fujio Matsuda, and DOT Planner John McAuliffe, to a letter sent expressing concern over the controversial airport alignment and requested that the club be part of negotiations.

The club’s primary concern is the noise factor and the role it would play in the development of future hotel and resort sites, particularly the area of the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor.

Other notable headlines:

“Four Killed In Tour Bus Crash”

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Four people were killed when a tour bus crashed Oct. 19 into a lava embankment on the Chain of Craters Road.

The driver of the bus, 28-year-old Rufino Malagaday, of Hilo, and three visitors were killed when the bus crashed. The visitors were members of the American World Tours group. The group was on the way to Kona for a one-night stay at the Pacific Empress Hotel (now the University of the Nations campus).

The bus was apparently headed down hill when Malagaday found the brakes would not hold nor could he downshift the vehicle. He succeeded in stopping the bus by crashing against a cliff.

Weekly deals:

At Sure Save Super Markets: Sirloin steak, $0.99 per pound; Colgate toothpaste, $0.55; and celery, one pound for $0.15.

At Kamagaki Store: C&H Sugar, 10 pounds for $1.25; Libby’s frozen vegetables, two for $0.55; and one quart of Mierhead Scotch for $5.99.

At KTA Super Stores: Hershey’s Kisses, 2.5 pound box for $1.69; Miko smoked franks, one pound for $0.55; and Gold Medal flour, five pounds for $0.59.

Featured films:


At Kona Theatre: Lee Marvin in “Point Blank;” “The Mini-Skirt Mob;” and Bruce Gordon starring on “Rider On A Dead Horse.”

At Aloha Theatre: Dean Martin stars in “Murderers’ Row;”Al Kauwe and Mary Among in “Tiko And The Shark;” and Judy Geeson and Vince Edwards in “Hammerhead.”