Today in West Hawaii history | August 1

Aug. 1, 1984: The sewage treatment plant in the Kona Old Industrial Area is nearly 20 years old and has been operated without adequately trained personnel until this year, according to an Environmental Protection Agency official. In addition, two county-supervised sewage treatment plants in west Hawaii — the one in Kailua and the one Keauhou — are understaffed and the old section of the Kailua plant has outlived its useful life, according to Paul Ciesla, the EPA official who is in Hawaii on a one-year contract with the state Department of Health.

Aug. 1, 1994: Hawaii law gives residents a choice of accepting or refusing artificial, life-sustaining medical treatment, but many people are not taking advantage of it and many families are unaware of what their relatives’ preferences as they should be, Kona doctor Roy Nagle says. Ambiguous and conflicting directions doctors receiving from patients and family members may cause unnecessary prolonged disputes concerning a person’s life. However, a 1993 Hawaii law adopted a policy supporting an individuals right to make his or her own health care decisions. And, the state has made the process easier.

Aug. 1, 2004: A 27-year-old man is in custody following an accident last week in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision of Kaʻu that left his one-month-old son dead and his four other children and girlfriend hospitalized. Luke Ault was driving his 1986 Honda on Palm Parkway when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 1991 Toyota head-on. At the time of the accident, four of Ault’s children were riding in the backseat and and his infant son, Luke, was held on the lap of his mother. None of the passengers in the vehicle were wearing seat belts.

Michelle Thomas competes in her first fishing tournament, hauling in a 518-pound Pacific Blue Marlin to win the 9th annual Huggo’s Na Pua O Ke Kai Wahine fishing tournament.