April 2, 1984: Mauna Loa volcano begins pumping out massive amounts of lava over the weekend, but officials do not believe it will speed up the flow of a 16-mile-long river of molten rock within 5 miles of homes outside of Hilo. One reason for the slow down of the flow: lava has started to pond at the 6,000-foot elevation.
Hawaiian Airlines flight 358 from Maui to Kona skids about 180 feet off the end of the runway at Keahole International Airport. None of the 154 passengers aboard is seriously injured.
April 2, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day in 1994. April 2, 1994, was a Saturday.
April 2, 2004: With more units being converted into visitor accommodations and buyers taking advantage of low interest rates to purchase homes, the number of available rentals of the Big Island has shrunk. That combined with climbing property values has caused rents to skyrocket, according to the 821-page Hawaii Housing Policy Study. Rent for a typical three and four-bedroom single-family residence was $1,700, up from $1,000 in 1994.
Federal, state and county law enforcement officers are investigating reports of a shooting at Kealakekua Bay. No one was injured in the incident, which took place about 12:40 p.m. March 25, but a bullet grazed the water about 10 feet away from Chuck Leslie’s fishing boat and may have wounded a Hawaiian spinner dolphin.