Today in West Hawaii history | April 15


April 15, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. April 15, 1984, was a Sunday.

April 15, 1994: State and county workers are scheduled to finish voting on whether to accept a final contract offer from the state or strike. As many as 20,000 state and county employees are represented by the three Hawaii Government Employees Association bargaining units. More than 2,000 of those represented are Big Island workers.

West Hawaii residents and business leaders tell the Hawaii County Council that they oppose a real property tax assessment freeze. Bill 83 proposes freezing qualified Big Island properties at 1993-94 values.

A District Court judge turns down a Captain Cook resident’s request to halt proceedings before the Hawaii County Planning Commission on a proposed golf course subdivision in South Kona. Judge Joseph Florendo Jr. told John Olson that he would not grant a stay or a temporary restraining order to halt proceedings on Kealakekua Development Corp.’s proposed 500-lot agriculture subdivision, golf course and reforestation project on 11,184 acres above the town of Captain Cook.

April 15, 2004: Money for a library at Kealakehe Intermediate, purchase of wilderness in South Kona and a West Hawaii homeless shelter are included in a supplemental budget proposed by the state Legislature. However, Gov. Linda Lingle says that lawmakers may be called back into special session to revise the $3.8 billion budget, which she said will not balance because it includes an 8 percent government employees’ raise. Among the money targeted for West Hawaii is $6 million for the Kealakehe Intermediate School library, $500,000 for appraisal and purchase of wilderness lands in Kapua, which includes some of the best preserved holua slides in the state, and $500,000 in matching funds for a homeless shelter in Kailua-Kona.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye announces the release of $2.4 million in federal funds to purchase seven eight-passenger vehicles, three 45-passenger buses and four 33-passenger buses for the Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency. With the new equipment, all of the Mass Transit Agency’s passenger vehicles are now accessible.

Kona Community Hospital has a new computed tomography scanner allowing for quicker images with greater clarity for diagnosis. The new multi-slice Aquilion 16CT scanner allows physicians to visualize the target in two, three and four dimensions whereas the old equipment only allowed one-dimensional photographs.