July 10, 1989 |
When his new Japanese landlord told Ryoei Higa to abandon his flourishing lettuce fields to make way for a golf course, the Hawaii farmer had a simple retort: "No can eat golf balls," said the weather-worn 70-year-old, in the plain-spoken pidgin favored in the islands. Higa's quietly stated warning has become a rallying cry for farmers and others who feel threatened by an unprecedented boom in golf course development across the state.
December 9, 1988 |
Frank F. Fasi, Honolulu's feisty mayor, has jumped into the fray over the sale of a popular Roman Catholic church to Japanese investors who intend to demolish the building and put up a luxury condominium tower. The ruckus was kicked off when the bishop of Honolulu decided to sell St. Augustine Catholic Church, which is just across the street from Waikiki Beach, for $45 million, despite the opposition of parishioners.
December 4, 1988
A decision by the Catholic Church to sell its St. Augustine Church property in the heart of Waikiki has provoked renewed controversy over the continuing buying spree in Hawaii by Japanese investors. Honolulu Bishop Joseph Ferrario announced that the 50,000-square-foot parcel was being sold to Hama Kikaku Co. of Tokyo for $45 million. Diocese offices were besieged with phone calls and clergy and parishioners voiced anger. Ferrario defended his decision.
May 7, 1988 |
Long Beach building contractor Matt Larner was working on an apartment building the other day when a Japanese man drove up, asked who owned the property and if it was for sale. He also asked about the owner of an apartment complex being built next door and wondered if that was for sale as well. "He just drove up out of the blue and wanted to buy these properties," said Larner's wife, Donna, who related the story. "That was pretty nervy of him, if you ask me."
April 26, 1988 |
As anxious homeowners arrived at the Maunawili grade school gymnasium for a protest meeting in late March, they could see the handwriting on the wall--quite literally. There, handwritten on long scrolls of vanilla-colored paper, were the names of scores of familiar enterprises--Central Pacific Bank, Honolulu International Country Club--that had something significant in common: all had Japanese owners.