April 28, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. April 28, 1984, was a Saturday.
April 28, 1994: Registered voters will have the chance in November to determine if local government should switch from annual to biennial budgeting. The Hawaii County Council votes 7-2 to initiate a charter amendment that would place the issue of two-year budgeting on general election ballots. The change would provide for better long-range fiscal budgeting and afford local lawmakers more time to devote to planning and other pressing issues, says Hilo Councilman and bill draftee James Arakaki.
The Board of Education is scheduled to interview the five finalist and select a new state school superintendent this weekend. Each candidate will be interviewed by the full 13-member board for 90 minutes. The superintendent’s position, with an annual $90,000 salary, opened in February when Charles Toguchi resigned after seven years at the post. The five finalists include three from the mainland and two already serving in the Hawaii Department of Education.
Members of United Public Workers vote to accept a new two-year contract with state and counties. Bargaining Units 1 and 10 voted across the state over the weekend with results announced April 27. The unit, which includes 9,000 blue-collar refuse, wastewater and water supply employees, school and airport custodians, school cafeteria workers and highway workers, voted two-to-one in favor of the four percent raise over two years.
Justin Durling, Justin Hooser and Tiffany Woodard have advanced to the AAU/USA National Championship and the AAU/USA Junior Olympics.
April 28, 2004: A dozen tropical fruits have been selected for a three-year demonstration project designed to diversify Kona crops and provide exotic tastes to locally developed island cuisine. Funded by a $156,800 federal grant, the project is an innovative way for the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources to work with community groups to develop sustainable options for farmers, says Richard Bowen, principal investigator. Among the fruit varieties selected by leading Big Island chefs for the project are cherimoya, fig, poha, mysore raspberry, strawberry guava, rangpur lime, topical apricot, pomegranate, loquat, surinam cherry and tree tomato, or tamarillo.