Today in West Hawaii history | April 1

April 1, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day in 1984. April 1, 1984, was a Sunday.

April 1, 1994: The 255 sugar jobs that will be lost when Ka’u Agribusiness Co. Inc. closes will likely generate an equal number of layoffs in related businesses, community and business leaders say. A multiplier of two is often used to predict the total number of job losses that will result from the demise of a major employer, meaning the closure could affect 600 jobs, says Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce first vice president Troy Hanley.

Plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit against the Family Crisis Shelter Inc. have dropped their claims against the state. The motion to dismiss removes the part of the lawsuit that named the state, state Department of Human Services and various employees as defendants. The civil case against FCSI, former Executive Director Allegra Perhaes and the individuals on the board of directors continues. The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation for damages the plaintiffs suffered while working at FCSI, including lost wages, lost benefits and emotional distress. FCSI is a nonprofit private agency that operates two shelters for abused women and alternatives to violence program.

April 1, 2004: ACCESS Capabilities sponsors a pilot program to determine whether acupuncture and hoopono (a form of group therapy that draws from Hawaiian cultural practices) can cut relapse rates for crystal methamphetamine (ice) addicts. More than 30 clients are enrolled in the yearlong study funded through Earl Bakken’s Five Mountains Hawaii Outcomes Project.