WHT at 50: Former senator dies, low-cost housing planned and shark control eyed

  • Holualoa resident Sadie Nozaki, the 21-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nozaki, will be leaving next week for Washington D.C. where she will become the first Big Island girl ever to serve in the office of a United States representative, Mrs. Patsy Mink.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1968 | Volume I, Issue XXI

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1968 | Volume I, Issue XXI



“Former Senator Julian R. Yates Dies”

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Former Senator Julian R. Yates, a veteran of more than a half-century of public service, died at Hilo Hospital Saturday morning. He was 83.

Yates, who began his political career being elected to the post of Territorial Representative in 1910, never lost an election. In addition to being a Territorial Representative, Yates was a elected a county supervisor, and served as executive director of the Hawaiian Homes Commission. He also was elected to the Territorial Senate and House. He retired from politics in 1966.

Yates was born in 1885 at Kapapala Ranch in Ka’u.

“$85,000 Bid for KONA”

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Pacific Broadcasting Corp. of San Francisco submitted a high bid of $85,000 for radio station KONA in Kealakekua on Friday. The court-ordered auction drew four bids. Pacific Broadcasting owns station KUAM in Guam and operates several FM stations on the mainland.

“Fatals Mar Holidays”

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Two traffic fatalities — one occurring in Kona and the other involving a Kona girl — marred the otherwise festive Christmas holidays last week. Killed were 41-year-old Jiro Fujimori of Papaikou and 18-year-old Noreen Oka of Holualoa.

Oka died Thursday in Honolulu from injuries she suffered in a Dec. 8 crash in Honolulu. She was a 1967 Konawaena High School graduate.

Fujimori died in an early Saturday crash on Mamalahoa Highway, near Puuwaawaa. Fujimori, a truck driver for Kona Transportation, was struck by a vehicle driven by 19-year-old James Rivera of Kahaluu. Preliminary investigation indicates Fujimori may have encountered trouble with the flat bed she had been driving and was apparently standing alongside the vehicle prior to being struck.


“Kealakekua Bay May Become National Historical Landmark”

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Kealakekua Bay may soon become a national historical landmark. In a recent letter to Interior Secretary Stewart L. Udall, Gov. John A. Burns asked for consideration of designating the bay as a national historical landmark. He noted that the world’s attention will focus on the bay in 1978 and 1979, the 200th anniversary of Captain Cook’s discovery of the Hawaiian Islands.

“A Special Christmas For Kona’s Sadie Nozaki”

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Holualoa resident Sadie Nozaki, the 21-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nozaki, will be leaving next week for Washington, D.C. where she will become the first Big Island girl ever to serve in the office of a United States representative, Mrs. Patsy Mink.

“Shark Control Eyed for Kona”

The County Department of Economic Development will embark on a shark control study program for Kona and the Big Island. At one time, shark was used as a commercial product. However, a few years ago, the Board of Health stipulated that all products using shark be labeled as such. County Economic Development Director John Faris Jr. said the shark population has increase with “many sightings around Kealakekua Bay and the Big Island, and I don’t think we should wait until an attack occurs before we implement a control program.”

“Low Cost Housing For Kona Planned”

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The long-awaited low cost housing project for Kona may soon become a reality. Last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development approved an $801,000 loan for the project, which will comprise 40 units adjacent to Kealakehe School. The Hawaii Housing Authority project would be located near a 120-unit project planned by the ILWU.

Weekly deals:

At Sure Save Super Markets: Reynold’s heavy duty foil, 25 feet for $0.59; frozen pork steak, one pound for $0.59; mahimahi fillets, one pound for $0.79; and salted sardines, one pound for $0.57.

At K. Taniguchi Supermarkets (KTA Super Stores):

At Kamigaki Store: One dozen Kona Laid eggs, $0.59; one gallon Wesson oil, $1.99; and Mochiko, one pound for $0.29.

Featured films:


“The Ugly Ones” featuring Tomas Milian and Richard Wyler; “The Hell With Heroes” starring Claudia Cardinale and Rod Taylor; and Ursula Andress in “The Blue Max.”

At Kona Theatre: John Lennon in “How I Won The War,” Frankie Sakai in “Volcanic Merry-Go-Round” and “Night Of The Living Dead.” For adults only, “My Body Hungers” and “Sounds Of Horror.”

  1. KonaRich December 27, 2018 6:42 am Reply

    The thing that popped out a me was 50 year ago they started building low cost housing in the Kona area.
    How is that working out 50 years later? We have had enough rules & regulations laws to choke a horse over the last 50 years to bring that government project to a grinding halt.

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