April 19, 1984: Hawaiian Telephone’s rate restructuring proposal is a wrong number if last night’s testimony, presented before the Public Utilities Commission, is any indication. More than 50 people gathered to hear Hawaiian Telephone’s proposal to change the “flat rate” pricing system to USS system, which would base rates upon usage. Testifiers said it would cost business users and eventually residential users more. The company says otherwise, that the USS proposal would present a savings to the majority of customers.
United Airlines will add another connecting flight between Kona and Los Angeles beginning June 1. The third flight will be added to the Los Angeles-Maui route and that flight will be extended to land in Kona where it will refuel and taken on additional passengers. The return flight will originate from Kona.
The fiery glow of molten rock lit up the night sky of Kilauea Volcano, marking the apparent beginning of a new phase of eruption only days after the end of Mauna Loa volcano’s eruption, scientists say. The red glow indicates the probable start of the 18th major phase of the 15-month eruption. Scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said they recorded an increase in harmonic tremor, which indicates underground movement, about 30 minutes before the glow was sighted.
Despite strong opposition by chairman Stephen Yamashiro, the county council votes to rescind a resolution condemning a parcel targeted for use in a North Kona flood control project. The council voted 7-0 to return the land to its owner, the Burgess family. Yamashiro said he voted against the resolution because the county’s Public Works Department has no contingency plan if the channel’s present route, along the back of the Keopu Heights subdivision, is stalled again by possible legal action. The county needs the approval of nine Keopu property owners to condemn a portion of their land before the channel can be built. If even one person balks, and such action is anticipated, the project could be placed on the backburner, again.
April 19, 1994: Members of the Hawaii Government Employees Association begin picketing at areas around the Big Island, according to the Big Island union boss. Gary Yoshiyama, HGEA Hawaii division chief, said about 1,000 members began picketing as nonessential workers walked off the job after negotiations fell through.
Hawaii taxpayers have been told to expect delays in receiving their income tax refunds and owners will not be able to visit their quarantined pets as a result of the strike by 13,000 HGEA members. The union is seeking a minimum 8 percent pay raise over two years. The state and counties have offered four percent over two years.
A Texas corporation that last month announced its desire to build an electricity plant in Honokaa has accused Hawaii Electric Light Co. of violating Hawaii Public Utilities Commission rules. Enserch Development Corp. has petitioned the PUC alleging HELCO acted “to the detriment of the ratepayers and electric energy consumers on the Island of Hawaii by refusing to execute an agreement for the purchase of energy.” Enserch began negotiating with “in good faith” in 2001, but has not reached a deal with HELCO to build a $100 million diesel-powered plant.
April 19, 2004: All three people aboard a single-engine plane that crashed in Honomalino were rescued by the Coast Guard last night. At least two of them were transported to Kona Community Hospital in critical condition for treatment of burns. The passengers were found at the crash site, but the pilot had left in search of help. She was found late that night by rescue personnel. The crash was located about 30 miles south of Kailua-Kona in a lava field. The crashed plane was owned by Island Hoppers, a tour company with offices in Hilo and Kona.