Today in West Hawaii history | April 6

April 6, 1984: A lava flow from Mauna Loa nearing the city of Hilo slows to a near-halt as liquid rock burst the banks of the older channel and plunges into a new flow that is located far upslope, giving the city’s 35,200 residents another reprieve.

April 6, 1994: Legislation that would establish islandwide impact fees to finance infrastructure and facilities is deferred by a Hawaii County Council committee so members can review additional information regarding the controversial proposal.

The region between Palani Road and Keauhou would need an estimated $290 million in capital improvements to sustain maximum build-out of approved area developments, according to the Hawaii County Planning Department. The rough estimate is based on the addition of 27,256 dwelling units and an estimated 83,950 new residents.

Matching funds have been released by the governor for the North Hawaii Community Hospital. After years of fundraising, the North Hawaii community came up with $12.5 million in private money to invest in construction of the facility.

April 6, 2004: More than half of Hawaii County residents believe it is OK for the landlord of an apartment complex to segregate families with children from those without kids. A third of all Big Islanders think it’s appropriate to rent only to Christians and to refuse to rent to someone with a mental illness, or not to allow a disabled person to build wheelchair access onto a rental unit. These findings of the second in a series of three surveys regarding housing in Hawaii released by the state Housing and Community Development Corporation of Hawaii. The survey, “Analysis of Impediments,” identifies barriers to fair housing and outlines solutions.

Some Kapaau merchants say business has declined in the wake of floods in March that washed away roads forcing two detours in North Kohala. While state highway crews are allowing motorists through the barricades to visit businesses, many visitors unfamiliar with the area simply opt to turn around.