Today in West Hawaii history | April 21


April 21, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. April 21, 1984, was a Saturday.

April 21, 1994: An estimated 5,000 striking government workers — who have suspended or slowed most state and county operations — rally outside the state capitol demanding pay raises. Meanwhile, the state’s chief negotiator, James Yasuda, said talks with the union will resume today and the state will make a settlement proposal.

State and county workers continue to picket, but some are beginning to fell the stress of the situation. Contract negotiations between Hawaii Government Employees Association and the Office of Collective Bargaining broke down last week and more than 10,000 white-collar workers and their supervisors supported a walkout by more than 80 percent. Picket lines began Monday, but after three days some workers are beginning to feel the stress and anxiety that accompanies their commitment to the union position. Some workers say they are having difficulty traveling to picket lines as they are not being compensated transportation. Although the workers are not being paid while picketing, many are planning to file for unemployment, welfare and other public assistance.

An updated draft of a guide for the future development of Kailua Village has been released by the Hawaii County Planning Department. The draft Master Plan for Kailua-Kona, prepared by the Kailua-Kona Master Plan Task Force, identifies the continued role of Kailua as a tourist destination and retailing focus of Kona.

April 21, 2004: Four species of plants thought to be gone from face of the Earth are now growing within the boundaries of the Pohakuloa Training Area. Twelve plants currently listed on the Endangered Species list are found at PTA.

Overriding concern of a traffic mess in West Hawaii took precedence over compliance with county planning documents as a pair of controversial subdivision proposals were turned down by a council committee. The 43-lot Nani Kona Aina proposal at the mauka end of the Kailua View Estates-Kona Heights subdivision and the 58-lot Lehua Lani project may still be approved, however, during full debate by the full Hawaii County Council. But for bow, both will be sent up with negative recommendations.