This day in history
District headquarters said today it had no information about an “Amazon brigade” that an “unidentified group of Hilo socialites” were reported in Honolulu yesterday to be wanting to form to replace men on routine guard duty or patrolling vital defense spots who are more needed elsewhere.
Col. P.M. Smoot, adjutant general of Hawaii and head of the Hawaii Territorial guard, announced he received a letter from a group asking authority to form a brigade. The women, he said, are outdoor lassies who are skilled in many sports and are eager for further instruction in the handling of weapons.
They asked Smoot’s aid in forming the “wahine” battalion. Smoot was reported to have referred the matter to the Army officer in charge of operations on Hawaii island.
The Big Island would be the major trans-Pacific terminal for jet flights in the future with three, perhaps four, huge airports connected by a highspeed freeway system.
Each airport will be circular and large enough to handle any type of aircraft that might be developed. Convention facilities should be located near the airports, and hotels should be primarily for convention use and not for the visitor who comes on his own.
The above predictions and suggestions were made yesterday in Honolulu by Austin N. Stanton, president and board chairman of Varo Inc., an electronics research company in Garland, Texas.
Stanton said the passenger volume of future air traffic to Hawaii would be so great, in comparison to today’s figures, that no one airport would be able to handle the load. Three or four airports, operated as a single unit, will have to be planned, he said.
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources granted a group of developers permission to enter state lands to do a study for a proposed subdivision near Waiohinu in Ka‘u.
South Point Country Club Partners, led by Big Island developer Eugene McCain, wants to develop more than 200 1-acre houselots on a 779-acre parcel of land near the Discovery Harbour subdivision and golf course.