Hawaii Tribune-Herald from Hilo, Hawaii on March 24, 1974 · 1
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Hawaii Tribune-Herald from Hilo, Hawaii · 1

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H ilo ' Terminal Plan R By LARRY BEREMAN Final plans for a $16 million General Lyman Field terminal and airfield . facilities project were revealed Friday ' night at a public meeting in the County Council Room. The plan originally called for $54 million when it was first considered three years ago, but dropped to $21 million last year, and is now down to the ' current $16 million figure, following opposition from the airlines. ' The airlines will pay a large portion of the cost of the terminal through landing fees and other charges. The $16 million figure was arrived at by the Department v of Transportation and the airlines prior to Friday's meeting. The proposed terminal will be capable 'of handling more than twice the number '..of passengers as the existing facilities, and will be about two and one-half times as large. The terminal will be located on the Puna side of the airport, opposite the "existing facility. ' The present terminal handled 1.3 ; million passengers in 1973 and the new terminal will be able to accommodate some 2.5 million persons. Transportation Director E. Alvey Wright s;Jd that the final design of the new terminal "is the most aesthetic and convenient configuration" the Department could accomplish with available funds. I Owen Miyamoto, Airports Division . Chief, said that groundbreaking for the Computer Cards Destroyed , Bruce McCall, Managing Director for the County of Hawaii, said Friday that computer ! cards used for GASPLAN "during the 'gasoline crunch are being 'destroyed "as promised by the mayor," iut that certain information taken from ,the cards will be retained. He said that driver's licease numbers 'and the amount of gasoline purchased .'will be kept on computer tapes "until the emergency is over." About 40,000 cards were collected during the five week Volcano Tilt Near ' The tilt at Kilauea remained at a high level Saturday, but activity at Mauna tJlu crater was described as "slight" by Park rangers. Rain and Fog obscured the view of what action there was on Friday, but clear weather prevailed most of Saturday. The tilt is at aboaut the same point as it was just prior to last Sunday's out- Food Program Figure Too High ; Gladys E. Bowell, Executive on Aging for the County, said Friday that the Office of Aging "could not possibly handle 4,600 people in its nutrition. T-H INDEX Astrology 4 Classified ... . . 25-27 Crossword . . . 4 DearAbby .23 Editorials . . . . . . . 4 Entertainment 24 Home and Garden-Page . . . 22 Lifestyle . 23 Sports . 10-13 Mara Seriously By EUGENE TAO . HONOLULU-State Sen. Stanley I. Hara is "seriously" considering running for the soon-to-be-vacated Mayor's office. In reaching a decision, sources said, the first question he must answer is whether or not to cross swords with Democrat Councilman Herbert Matayoshi who already is actively campaigning for the office. . Many on the Big Island think Hara, also a Democrat, would be a formidable mayoral candidate. . led eve a airfield facilities, not . including the terminal, will be held in July, and the apron and taxi system should be completed by the latter part of 1975. The terminal development will consist of separate Inter-Island and Overseas check-in and baggage claim areas. Weatherproof passenger loading via eight passenger loading bridges will also be provided. The bridges will be capable of accommodating all types of aircraft serving Hilo, including the DC-9 and DC-10, and the larger, 747 type. The terminal design allows for expansion of the original facilities without the need for a complete overhaul. The first phase of the new airport facility also will include air cargo, fire and crash rescue, and base yard maintenance buildings adjacent to the terminal area. Construction of the terminal building and related facilities is expected to begin by January of 1975. The completion date is planned for mid-1976. Frank Der Yuen, Honolulu Airlines Committee executive director, said the original design of the terminal did not include adequate faculties for screening passengers for the purpose of preventing hijackings. He said an X-ray setup for screening, which has been opposed by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, will be used. Attending the meeting were representatives of the airlines serving Hilo, Federal Aviation Administration officials, and several Hilo residents. About 25 persons were present. period they were used. The decision to destroy the cards followed the adoption of a bill by the County Council on Thursday which did away with many of the restrictions in GASPLAN. " Mayor Shunichi Kimura said at the meeting that an emergency would last until the oil supply on the Big Island reaches the 1973 level. With the lifting of the Arab Oil embargo, that could happen as soon as May or June. Record High I break, which was said to be at an all-time high. Shallow caldera earthquake activity also has increased, it was noted, indicating a poissible breakout within the next few days. The best viewing of spatter activity at the Mauna Ulu cone is from the Pauahi overlook, according. to National Park reports. program," as suggested in a story in Friday's edition of the Tribune-Herald. She said the figures are much too high, and could lead many people to believe that aid is available, when the program may already be saturated. "We just don't have the funds for that many people," she said. She added that there are 4,600 people in the 60 and over age bracket, "but only about 20 per cent of the people in that age bracket are actually eligible for this type of aid." That would place the figure at less than 1,000 in both Kona and Hilo. Mrs. Bowell added that the program will be able to aid about 300 people in Kona and Hilo, or about one-third of those eligible. But the reason apparently is a "political family" problem. "Lots of Matayoshi's supporters have helped Hara and lots of Hara's supporters helped Matayoshi," the senator told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald during an interview at his State Capitol office. "Herbert and I used to walk house-to-house, campaigning together," he said. "So our campaign workers overlap." "We are in the same political family." He said he has talked with his family members and some of his backers about the possibility of seeking the Mayor's office. NEW HILO TERMINAL The new Lyman Field terminal will be a series of buildings with open space and covered walkways between. It will be built according to a linear design, with a second-level passenger loading concourse behind 5 1ST YEAR - NO. 69 Four women were killed Saturday by high surf on the North Shore of Oahu, and the National Weather Service issued a heavy surf warning for the north and west coasts of all islands for today. Waves up to 30 feet high struck northern sections of Oahu and Kauai yesterday, and high surf was expected to reach Maui and the Big Island by this evening. Four young women, who have not yet been identified, were swept to their deaths while watching the high surf near igher HONOLULU Hawaii motorists likely will pay two to three cents more in fuel taxes on each gallon of gasoline they purchase beginning this summer. And there "might" be a six per cent "visitor industry" tax to raise enough revenue to restore "some of the government services." These tax measures are among primary concerns of State legislators as the current session approaches its April 11 deadline. House Finance Chairman Jack Suwa, High Hearing Set On GASPLAN Suit A hearing on a temporary restraining order motion has been scheduled Friday at 10 a.m. before Third Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Menor in a suit challenging the constitutionality of the County's GASPLAN. The suit was filed by attorney John Goemans who has offices in Kailua-Kona, Hilo and Waimea. Goemans ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Patsy T. Mink in 1972. Goemans contends that the County's First Ag Park Will Be In Puna The State's first agricultural park Pahoa Agricultural Park will be located at Keonepoko-Iki in Puna and . some $133,000 was approved by Acting Gov. George Ariyoshi Wednesday for the project. Nineteen lots will be offered to qualified farmers. These lots range ' from 10-acre to 30-acre in size. The Pahoa Agricultural Park is the first Considering Mayoral Race His backers are split three ways. "Some of them want me to come out to run, some of them say it would be better for me to stay in the Senate. And a few others say they would support me whatever the decision I would make," he said. The senator said he now is assessing the possible consequence of a Hara-Matayoshi clash. But he denied a report that he would not run for mayor without the ILWU's support. "I haven't gone out to ask support from any organization," he said. Some Big Island legislators say a HILO, HAWAII, SUNDAY, Surf Sunset Beach on Oahu. All of the bodies were recovered. Towering surf began pounding the - north shores of Oahu and Kauai early Saturday. The National Weather Service in Honolulu said an intense storm northwest of Hawaii was causing the unusually high surf. Seaside residents on the northern and western shores of all islands have been warned of potentially dangerous conditions, a spokesman for the National Weather Service said. Surf was reported up to 10 feet by 8 Gasoline Tax Expected D-l, however, said firmly there is no possibility of raising the general excise tax rate which is four per cent at present. Suwa said more revenue in fuel taxes is needed for maintaining highways. He said the tax measure is not considered as a means to curtail the use of gasoline as has been suggested by Federal energy officials. The administration is requesting a three-cent increase on top of the current five-cent per gallon fuel tax rate. The GASPLAN ordinance is a violation of 5th and 14th Amendment rights to due process and equal protection. He said that because of the County's plan, he is unable to buy gas and meet obligations to his clients. ! . The suit claims that the emergency measures adopted by Mayor Shunichi Kimura and the County Council to deal with the gasoline supply problems are unconstitutional.lt claims there is in under the new State law enacted in 1972. In 1972, $1 million also was appropriated for statewide development of agricultural parks. , Bids for this project were opened recently and the successful bidder was Willocks Construction Co. of Hilo. Work on installation of water mains will be completed by the end of the year. At the same time, Ariyoshi released clash between the senator and the councilman would create a chance for a weaker candidate to slip in, since "both of them are drawing support from the same voters." Hara began his legislative career in 1954 when he was elected to the Territorial House. He was appointed to the Senate in 1968 to succeed Nelson K. Doi when Doi was appointed to the Third Circuit Court. Besides Hara and Matayoshi, other Democrats who are considering seeking the Mayor's office include Councilmen Dante Carpenter and John Farias Jr. the terminal buildings. Aircraft will load model of the new facility. MARCH 24, 1974 Kills Fo p in . Saturday on the west side of the Big Island, but reports from the Coast Guard station at Upolu Point in Kohala indicated that area had not yet experienced any unusual conditions by late Saturday evening. The National Weather Service in Hilo said Saturday that residents of Kohala, and North Kona can expect high surf by this afternoon. On Oahu, police have closed down beach parks on the North Shore in an attempt to keep people away from the House Finance Committee is reviewing the request and may reduce it to two cents, Suwa said. Besides the five-cent State tax, motorists also are paying four cents in Federal and three cents in County fuel taxes for each gallon of gasoline they purchase now. A two-and-one-half cent fuel tax increase bill failed to pass the Legislature last year. On a proposed tourist industry tax bill, Suwa said it would depend upon whether, the State administration plans to restore sufficient emergency to justify measures such as odd-even gasoline sales and the commercial sticker program. Goemans challenged that the GASPLAN "requires citizens to in-aiminate themselves arbitrarily and unreasonably discriminates against classes of gasoline users." Goemans is seeking a temporary restraining order and a declaratory judgment in the case. $25,000 in planning funds for the Kahei Agriculture Park at North Kohala. This project is part of the Kohala Task Force program for creating new job opportunities. Approximately 200 acres are proposed for diversified farming. Both projects are being handled by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture. . Council Chairman Robert Yamada, also a Democrat, has said he might switch to the Republican party to run for mayor. Republican State Rep. Joseph Garcia, who may seek the Mayor's office, told the Tribune-Herald he would make a decision shortly after the legislative session ends. "The Republican party has asked me to take a good look at the race," Garcia said. "I'm very flattered by the fact that people still want to keep me in office after I have been a legislator for 24 years." Garcia, 58, is dean of the legislature and unload as illustrated in this scale 20 CENTS ur high surf areas. Sight-seeing in the area is being discouraged. Some Sunset Beach area homes were being evacuated. The high surf conditions could equal those of December 1969 when waves up to 50 feet in height damaged numerous North Shore homes. According to the Weather Service, the most dangerous periods will be during high tides. High tides occurred between 2a.m. and 4 a.m. this morning, and will occur again between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. this afternoon. some of the services suspended as a result of the current tight financial situation. "We legislators must appreciate the visitor industry as the number one industry in the State" Suwa said. "We don't want to destroy the industry." "We are in the middle of Pacific," he continued "There's no other new industry in sight, unless we go along with the suggestion that we open up gambling. Then we will attract a lot of undesirable characters into our state. "We appreciate the visitor industry's contributions. But we must be honest with ourselves too. The government does spend quite a bit of money in improving facilities for the industry." Besides, Suwa said Hawaii's tourist accommodation rates still are "reasonable" compared with many places on the Mainland and in foreign countries. He observed that the current fuel crisis "is a plus factor to. Hawaii's tourist industry," because, he noted, many visitors would have spent more driving around on the Mainland than they would when they visit Hawaii. Subscription Increase Set Home delivery rates to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald will be increased on April 1, it was announced today by General Manager Jim Wilson. Wilson said news rack rates also will be increased to 15 cents on weekdays and 25 cents on Sunday. The home delivery rate will be $3.25 for all six editions, $3 for daily only subscribers and $2.25 for Sunday only delivery. Reason for the increase is primarily the result of an increase in newsprint prices from $170 to $213.50 per ton in less than one year. Newspaper carriers also will receive higher earnings as a result of the increase, Wilson noted. and holds the Minority Floor Leader position. Republican Rep. Wing Kong Chong, too, is thinking over about entering the mayoral race. Whether there would be a separate special election will be one of the deciding factors in his decision making, Chong said. He said the upcoming mayoral and j Council races would provide an "ex- cellent" chance for voters to determine whether they believe in a two-party system in government i

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