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Victim of Honaunua shooting dies

The victim of a July 3 shooting in Honaunau has died from his injuries, according to a written statement from the Hawaii Police Department. As a result, Hawaii Island police have reclassified the case from attempted murder to murder.

Today in West Hawaii history | July 28

July 28, 2004: Hawaii County stands to lose $45 million in federal funding for the first phase of the proposed Alii Parkway after the Hawaii Island Burial Council voted to preserve in place remains of native Hawaiians. A motion by the council failed 5-4 to relocate an undetermined number of bones in a Kahaluu lava tube located in the path of the proposed regional roadway between Keauhou and Kailua-Kona.

Today in West Hawaii history | July 27

July 27, 1984: The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has put $5 million in the federal budget for new structures at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The money would provide for a 22,200-square-foot office-science building, renovation of a 2,900-square-foot shop-laboratory building and for a 500-square-foot instrument room and related service facilities.

Tropical depression Genevieve continues to weaken

Tropical depression Genevieve continued to weaken today and was expect to become a remnant low by Sunday. The system, located about 1,200 miles east-south of Hilo, was moving west at 8 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour on Saturday evening. National Weather Service forecasters gave a small chance of the low regenerating in a few days as it encounters more favorable upper-level conditions in the Central Pacific.

Today in West Hawaii history | July 26

July 26, 2004: Kona Inn Restaurant marks 25 years in Kailua-Kona. The restaurant is operated by Bob Mardian and Steve Falcinella, who opened it in 1971 in the historic Kona Inn, West Hawaii’s original luxury hotel.

Tropical storm forms in Eastern Pacific

Tropical storm Genevieve formed in the Eastern Pacific overnight. Located about 1,400 miles east-southeast of Hilo, the system is forecast to pass well south of the islands. The storm is moving to the west at approximately seven miles an hour, with sustained winds to 45 miles per hour extending 60 miles out from the center.

A village sign found on Oahu beach returning home to Japan

HONOLULU – The people of Tanohata Village, in the Iwate Prefecture, on Japan’s northeast coast “are slowly, but surely walking on the path to recovery as a united body,” according to Tanohata Village Mayor Hiroshi Ishihara. The tiny village was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.

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Today in West Hawaii history | July 25

July 25, 1994: Federal Aviation Administration inspectors are due to arrive on the Big Island to review the state’s air tour industry. The review follows two tour helicopter accidents last week, including one on Kauai that killed three people. At least 14 people have died from helicopter tour crashes in Hawaii since 1991, the FAA said. The reviews goal is to check air tour companies so rules can be changed to improve safety, says the FAA.