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This Day in History for August 23


The Hilo Center Bouncinettes, directed by Mrs. Julia Swick, will do a traditional English folk dance as part of the entertainment on the bill for the second annual Hilo Center Community Circus on Aug. 25-26. The Rigs of Marlow is the country stick dance in which the Bouncinettes will be featured.

It’s a gay dance performed on the greens in early spring in merrie old England. They also will do a novelty free-hand ball drill. Bouncing around the gym in practice for the big show are: Eleanor Pahio, Dorothy Vierra, Leilehua Ragsdale, Agnes Aguiar, Hazel Ferreira, Helen Ayala, Agnes Ayala, Mae Louise Aguiar, Leilani Bright, and Wilma Gregory.


Kenneth T. Yano, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward K. Yano … accepted a one year full tuition scholarship and will enroll next month at the California Institute of Technology.

Kenneth, a recent June graduate of Hilo High School, also was offered a five year scholarship to Cornell University in New York, but chose to enroll at the California school because it’s closer to home.


A Japanese businessman and a local entrepreneur are teaming up to renovate the old Kuhio Gardens restaurant into a combination youth hostel, restaurant and budget bed-and-breakfast hotel. The project would be the first significant new hotel project in Hilo since C. Brewer opened the Waiakea Village in 1972.

“A lot of what we’re doing is unique to Hilo,” said David Larson, founder and developer of the new project, to be called the Hilo Bay Inn and Hostel.

Larson has teamed up with Shinnosuke Sorimachi, an executive with National Toyama Corp. of Japan, who will own and finance the renovation. Sorimachi acquired a long-term lease in 1987 on the 2-acre site that fronts Hilo Bay and Kalanianaole Avenue.

National Toyama is the owner of Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo and Sorimachi is the former managing director there.

Kuhio Gardens restaurant closed in 1986 and the building has been vacant since. Landscaping work to clean up the grounds and begin a vegetable garden that would produce vegetables for a “natural foods café” began in June on the property. … Preliminary plans are to create a youth hostel for 40 people and 13 private rooms that could accommodate about 20 more people, Larson said yesterday.

This Day in History is compiled by Brandon Haleamau for the Tribune-Herald using newspaper archives. Whenever possible, the news accounts provided in this column were taken verbatim from the newspaper.


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