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This Day in History for August 18


At the Theaters: The Dai-Nisei Amateur Contest on the stage of the Empire theater goes into its second eliminations today, with the grand finals scheduled tomorrow. Headlining the outstanding program on the screen is the thrilling air drama, “Women in the Wind,” featuring Kay Francis and William Gargan in a story of the women who ride the skies. Performances today are scheduled for 2:30, 6:30 and 8:30. “Women in the Wind” casts Francis in one of the finest roles of her career as a daring young birdwoman who comes out of retirement to face the cream of the country’s aviator crop in a daring transcontinental air race. Most of the action in “Women in the Wind” takes place around airports and in the skies. Included in the action is a round-the-world flight, an Atlantic hop, a thrilling speed derby and the climatic sequence — an exciting transcontinental speed race.

Coming to the Empire theater tomorrow is a double feature Japanese program, “Aijyo Butai” and a special edition of the Sumo News. On the stage will be the grand finals of the Dai-Nisei Amateur Contest.


Three and a half long blocks of Hilo proper were rezoned business from residential, hotel and apartment by the Hawaii County Planning and Traffic Commission yesterday. Included is the area on which C.S. Wo revealed plans for a $250,000 building and the Akamine Brothers, owners of Hilo Food Town Super Market, announced plans to develop a shopping center complex worth more than a million dollars. Ground will be broken for the Wo building tomorrow.

The newly zoned area spans between Kinoole and Ululani from a point mauka of the Elks Club to Hualalai. Approval also was given an amendment to the Hilo master plan for rezoning of 3 acres of land on the Kapiolani School site, mauka of the flood control channel, from agriculture to business. The commission learned that the Low brothers, operators of the Sun Sun Lau, are interested in the triangular site fronting on Kinoole Street for a $200,000 restaurant.


“Wild for Style” is the theme of a three-week back to school campaign through Aug. 31 at the Prince Kuhio Plaza, highlighted by a special fundraising tie-in for the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo. According to Carol VanCamp, marketing director at the plaza, the “Wild for Style” promotion theme is aimed at focusing attention on the preservation of wild species and the role zoos play in that effort. Each week of the promotion, shoppers at the Prince Kuhio Plaza will be able to purchase a series of three collectible pins featuring the American bald eagle, the Siberian tiger and the Giant Panda. With any plaza purchase, the pins will be sold for $2 each in the plaza center court and $1 will be donated to the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo for each pin sold.

Throughout the 10-day promotion, pin sales will be handled by members of the Hilo High Key Club in the plaza center court. Each Saturday during the campaign, the zoo will sponsor an outreach animal exhibit from 1-3 p.m. in the Prince Kuhio Plaza parking lot, weather permitting.

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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