His tractor is so noisy that, when driving it, the man who calls himself “just a farmer from Butler County” puts his cellphone under his cap, set on vibrate. Charles Grassley, 85, who has served in the Senate longer than all but 11 of the 1,983 other senators — and who still runs 3 miles four mornings a week — does not have ample time for farming because he has visited all of Iowa’s 99 counties every year for 38 years, and last missed a Senate vote 8,300 votes ago, when Iowa was flooded in 1993.
The project Kona Village was formulated 40 years ago as part of the “Kona Vista Plan 1983” when the acreage was still farmed and buildings nearly non-existent. For it, 70 acres were rezoned from ag (agricultural) to high density, or urban district, in 1988. Back then, Lako Street did not exist (nor did Kona Vistas nor Iolani) and Lako did not serve as a connector for Holualoa residents going to Kailua-Kona or Keauhou nor for in-coming tourists.