Today in West Hawaii history | April 8

April 8, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day in 1984. April 8, 1984, was a Sunday.

April 8, 1994: The union representing state and county white-collar workers and supervisors has filed a 10-day strike notice. The Hawaii Government Employees Association filed the notice on behalf of Units 3 and 4 with the Hawaii Employment Relations Board. The units comprise 1,760 employees. The union is seeking pay raises of four percent a year, retroactive to 1992.

Much of the testimony at a public meeting in Honokaa is in favor of a resort planned for the sea cliffs below Kukuihaele. Kukuihaele Development Co. has asked the Hawaii County Planning Commission to rezone about 113 acres of former sugar lands in order to build the luxury resort, which consists of 36 resort cottages and a four-suite inn.

Big Island residents who have dreams of appearing in a movie have a chance to make their dreams come true this month with open casting calls planned for “Water World,” the futuristic action and adventure movie starring Kevin Costner. “Water World” will be filmed later this year in Kawaihae.

April 8, 2004: Hawaii County Council members shoot down the administration’s fourth attempt to bring the County of Hawaii into compliance with state sewer law. At the risk of having to return tens of millions in wastewater treatment grant money, council members at a committee-level meeting vote 5-4 to file Bill 250. The proposed bill would have deleted from the Hawaii County Code exceptions to connection requirements for lots accessible to public sewer.

Hawaii Island has more to deal with than just traffic problems with its increasing population. The island also is running out of nurses. The nationwide shortage in nursing has been an issue since the late 1990s, with no resolution seen in the near future and Hawaii Island hospitals are also feeling the effects of the shortage. Kona Community Hospital is having a difficult time recruiting registered nurses for management positions and specialty areas. Kohala Hospital is having a difficult time recruiting Licensed Practical Nurses.