Today in West Hawaii history | April 7

April 7, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day in 1984. April 7, 1984, was a Saturday.

April 7, 1994: A doubling of litter fines is approved by the Hawaii County Council despite objections that the $250 minimum is excessive and will not end littering. Members voted 6-2 for final adoption of the bill that replaces the $100 minimum littering fine with a $250 penalty and doubles the former maximum fine of $500 to $1,000.

Kona Community Hospital is the first on the island to provide patients with tailored information about treatment choices for their medical conditions, and permit them to be in control of decision making. Five programs use video discs and a touch screen to provide patients with customized information about their medical conditions.

Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays, owner of the Royal Kona Resort, has negotiated with American Trans Air to fly scheduled direct flights to Kona beginning June 14. The flights, which will originate in San Francisco and Los Angeles, will cease in September. The 24 scheduled flights equate to 8,688 seats.

April 7, 2004: A large South Kohala property that sold for $37.7 million .during the height of the Japanese investment boom sold last month for about a quarter of its 1990 value. If purchaser Lynch Investments builds the maximum number of homes allowed by zoning on the 866-acre parcel just north of Waikoloa Village, it would almost double the number of homes in the town. Known as “Waikoloa Heights,” the property was purchased by Lynch Investments for $1million.

Mayor Harry Kim’s proposed fuel tax hike runs out of gas when the Hawaii County Council Finance Committee votes 6-3 to “postpone indefinitely” Kim’s suggested increase to the fuel tax by six centers per gallon.