WHT at 50: Bishop Estate breaks silence and Konawanea High to graduate largest class in school history

  • Wednesday, July 2, 1969 | Volume II, Issue XXVI

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“Trustee To Meet With Leasees”

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By Jim Langdon

The long silence held by the trustees of Bishop Estate has been broken, and now the stage is set for confrontation.

Richard Lyman Jr. of Hilo, member of the Bishop Estate Board of Trustees will meet here Saturday with Mrs. Josephine Norton and about 10 members of her ad hoc housing committee to discuss the requests made by Bishop lease holders whose leases face termination.

The leasees have asked that long-term leases be reissued and that lease holders be given an option to purchase house lots from the Estate. Some 500 families are affected by the current lease expiration situation, or upward of 2,000 people.

“Cook Festival Opens Friday”

By Irma Chillingworth

The Sixth Annual Captain Cook Festival will get under way Friday at 9:30 a.m. when the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific under the direction of Capt. Franklin J. Lockwood strikes up at the Kailua Wharf and begins a line of march through Kailua Village to Hale Halawai.

The formal opening ceremonies paying tribute to Capt. James Cook will take place at 10:15 a.m with members of the Air Force Band presenting the colors. The welcoming address will be given by Mayor Shunichi Kimura.

Dudley Williams, resident British Consul in Honolulu, will also participate in the ceremonies and will bring with him a plaque presented to him by the Swedish American Line honoring Capt. Cook. The plaque will be placed at the monument erected in of Capt. Cook at Kealakekua Bay.

Festivities include Honaunau School students under the direction of Iolani Lauhine presenting a program titled “The Hawaii Cook Found,” as well as a luncheon, Japanese variety show, cultural show, and various entertainment including Hookena School students presenting a program of Filipino dances.

“Navy Brass Salute Cook”

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Commodore of Squadron Five, Capt. Robert F. Reilly, USN, will be on board the USS Hassayampa when it anchors off Kailua Bay Thursday afternoon to be in Kona for the annual Captain Cook Festival.

“Inaba Reports On Kona Projects”

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State Rep. Minoru Inaba updated members of the Captain Cook Community Association on Wednesday about capital improvement projects approved for Kona by the fifth Legislature. Among them is $260,000 for historical and archaeological research and acquisition of private lands to combine with state lands at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.

Money was also appropriated for the Keahole-Kona Airport, Honokohau Boat Harbor, highways and roads in the Kona district and several school projects.

Funds totaling $342,000 was allocated for land acquisition, plans and construction of a new Kona Hospital to replace the existing structure.

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“Konawaena Graduation Exercises Are Tuesday”

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Graduation exercises for the 1969 graduating class of Konawaena High School will take place Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the gym.

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye will deliver the commencement address to the 189-member class, the largest in school history.

“Top Kona Athletes Honored At Booster Banquet”

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Gail Masunaga and Bryant Mori, a pair of four- and three-letter athletes, respectively, were named co-winners of the Outstanding Athlete Award at the Konawaena Booster Club’s second annual awards banquet held Saturday.

Masunaga was outstanding throughout the year with the Wildcats’ football, baseball, basketball and volleyball squads, while Mori was a standout in football, baseball and basketball. Only senior athletes were eligible for the awards.

The honor of Most Inspirational Athlete went to Dennis Balucan, who starred in football and track for the Wildcats.

Weekly deals:

At Sure Save Super Markets: Del Monte tomato catsup, two for $0.47; sliced bbq rib eyes $1.09 per pound; and Libby’s corned beef, 12 ounces for $0.53.

At Kamigaki Store: Bumble Bee Salmon, red, 1/2s for $0.59; 1 pound of Hormel bacon for $0.95; and Libby’s Upcorn, 12 ounce cans, three for $0.79.

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Featured films:

At Kona Theatre: “Guns Of The Magnificent 7,” “Track of Thunder,” and Elvis Presley in “Live A Little Love A Little” and “Targets.” For adults only, “Six Shes And A He.”

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