April 20, 1984: Plans for the future growth of the North Kohala District are mapped out in a document recently released for the community’s perusal. The Planning Department’s draft North Kohala Community Development Plan is part of the county’s ongoing planning process and provides specific recommendations for implementing the county’s General Plan in North Kohala. It also discusses opportunities for future growth in the district over the next 10 years.
Kilauea Volcano shoots lava skyward for the 18th time in 15 months, pumping huge volumes of molten rock into three lava flows that pose no immediate threat to populated areas. Lava fountains leaped 70 feet in the air from a 300-foot cinder cone on the volcano’s eastern slope.
April 20, 1994: Tensions between government administrators and striking Hawaii Government Employees Association members escalate during the second day of the union’s statewide walkout. Police said they were called to the mayor’s office on Kuakini Highway to escort a GTE Hawaiian Tel employee past picketers so he could repair damage caused by a recent electrical outage. Officers also received a complaint from strikers assembled at Kona Community Hospital that a vehicle threatened their safety as it crossed the picket line. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.
Former Kona resident Louis Kooliko Kahanamoku, the youngest in a long line of famous brothers, died April 18 at the age of 86. Louis, who went by “Looie,” was the youngest brother of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku and the last of the six famed Kahanamoku brothers, which also included Sam., David, Sergeant, and William “Tarball.” Louis Kahanamoku moved to Kona in the 1960s and helped reorganize the Kai Opua Canoe Club and found Kauikeaouli Canoe Club, which later became Keauhou Canoe Club. He also worked with Kona Realty.
April 20, 2004: Veterans cemeteries are typically places of pride and remembrance. At West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery, stately Hawaiian and U.S. flags stand guard over the 130 graves of veterans. Yet much of the cemetery is in need of maintenance. The West Hawaii veterans share their cemetery with patchy or dead grass, sunken graves, a shipping container and a portable toilet.
A team from the National Transportation Safety Board is headed for the Big Island to view the wreckage of a single-engine plane that crashed Sunday afternoon in a lava rock field north of Honomalino. It will take the team at least a week to complete the on-site portion of the investigation. Two of the three passengers on the plane were identified as visitors from Ohio. The pilot, a woman, has yet to be identified. They remain in critical condition at an Oahu hospital.
Northwest Airlines plans an additional stopover at Kona International Airport in the next couple of months. The state Department of Transportation says Northwest flies from Seattle to Maui daily and Kona would become an additional stop before the plane heads back to Seattle.
The Hawaii County Council’s Finance Committee gives a green light to a vehicle weight tax proposal after leaving the mayor’s proposed fuel tax in idle. Council Chairman Jimmy Arakaki’s version of the weight tax will raise more than $2 million in additional revenue yearly for Public Works operations, including wages and benefits for 23 more workers in various districts as well as six new county trucks.