Hilo can stand at least a hundred-unit housing program, Chairman Charles J. Pietsch of the Hawaii Housing Authority and Philip Bourne, project planner from Washington, D.C., said today after a tour of Hilo slum areas yesterday. Accompanied by Health Administrative Officer Bernard J. McMorrow and Rep. V.A. Carvalho, the two housing men went through sections of town late Friday afternoon that prompted both of them to say: “There is no doubt about it in our minds. This city could easily use a hundred-unit project.” Bourne, who visited here last year, said he was “more convinced than before” of the need of a housing project to clear old habitations for new ones.
The position taken by Pietsch and Bourne was backed 100 percent by Carvalho, who has long advocated a housing project in Hilo. During the tour Bourne, who arrived on yesterday’s plane to join Pietsch, took many pictures. Many of these will be sent to Washington. The two housing officials met at 10 a.m. today with several county and territorial officials.
The Higashi Hongwanji Otani Gakuen, a religious choral group led by Abbot Otani and his wife, Princess Satoko of Kyoto, Japan, will arrive at 12:20 p.m. tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Hilo High School Auditorium. The 28-member choral group, directed by Tamotsu Kinoshita, will be guests at a 5:30 p.m. reception Friday at the Hukilau Restaurant. A special service is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission on Mohouli Street.
The Visitor Center and Musuem at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will be closed for an undetermined period of time beginning tomorrow, Superintendent Fred T. Johnston announced today. Construction of the new auditorium and general remodeling of this visitor facility progressed to the point where the lobby and information office are the next items to receive rehabilitation. The volcano movies still will be shown at the Kilauea Military Camp theater at 12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. each day. Information about the park can be obtained by visiting the military camp theater between 12:30-2 p.m., by calling 67-8311 or by asking any Park Ranger you see. Public announcements will be made promptly following completion of the improvement work now in progress at the visitor center and museum facility.
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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.