April 30, 1984: Alfred Kamaka of Konawaena took top honors at the Hualalai Exchange Club’s “Search for Talent.” Kamaka’s winning number before the crowd at the Kona Surf Hotel’s convention center was “Molokai Kuuhiwa.” Talent from all around West Hawaii participated in the third annual event.
April 30, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. April 30, 1994, was a Saturday.
April 30, 2004: A tentative settlement was reached late April 28 with pay raises for Hawaii’s 13,200 public school teachers, with a focus on attracting new teachers. Details of the proposed pact weren’t disclosed, however, Gov. Linda Lingle said the agreement was “affordable to the taxpayers and fair to the teachers.”
A key Republican lawmaker is saying the sate Legislature’s plan to raid the highway special fund may threaten the planned widening of Queen Kaahumanu Highway. But a Big Island Democrat said the GOP press release is embellishing the situation and the fund, which generates $180 million a year, will have plenty of money left over for the projects the Republicans claim are threatened.
State health officials are offering tips to avoid leptospirosis in the wake of a five-fold increase in cases. There have been 21 leptospirosis cases reported to the Department of Health this year, compared to only four at this time in 2003. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease which can be caught by exposure to contaminated fresh water or mud, direct contact with infected animal urine or exposure to catchment systems.