Today in West Hawaii history | July 1

July 1, 1984: The Puu Oo vent of Kilauea volcano turns on a spectacular show of lava, throwing plumes nearly 2,000 feet skyward. Just hours later, Kilauea suddenly turned off the fireworks, with fountains coming to a stop within a matter of minutes.

The state Department of Health finds, according to recent studies, many billfish caught in local waters contain mercury levels in excess of the 1.0 parts per million legal limit. The release also said most size of Pacific blue marlin and other species of billfish weighing more than 200 pounds are likely to contain mercury in excess of the limit. The department will consider any fresh, frozen or processed fish or aquatic animal, which contains 1.0 ppm or more of mercury, to be adulterated and unsalable.

July 1, 1994: The Civil Air Patrol, volunteer civilian squadrons responsible for rescue and aerospace education, has been using federal money for covert drug surveillance on Hawaii Island. Elimination of some federal and state funding has forced the Hawaii CAP “Wing” to rely on secretive payments from the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs Service, says Maj. Joe Reynolds, former CAP commander of the Kona Composite Squadron.

July 1, 2004: Sen. Daniel K. Inouye calls the Big Island a model for the rest of the nation when it comes to drug enforcement. He praises local law enforcement officials for working so smoothly with each other. Inouye recently secured $4 million to spend on drug enforcement, treatment and prevention during the coming year.