Today in West Hawaii history | July 16

July 16, 1984: The U.S. Coast Guard is bracing for a threatened protest by anti-nuclear demonstrators who plan to blockade Hilo Harbor when a U.S. Navy ship tries to enter this week. The Coast Guard said it has established two “safety zones” around the USS Ouellet, which is scheduled to visit on Wednesday as part of the 23rd International Festival sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii.

A complex to provide complete judicial services for West Hawaii should be located in the Kailua area, according to planning conclusions by the state Judiciary. According to Chief Justice Herbert Lum, the old Kona Hospital in Kealakekua is being renovated for use by the judiciary in mid-1985, but will be used as headquarters in West Hawaii only until a “comprehensive service delivery system” located in Kailua can become a reality. He said the judiciary was eyeing state land by the Kailua Dump.

July 16, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. July 16, 1994, was a Saturday.

July 16, 2004: Several thousand cubic yards of contaminated soil and debris from the Hilo Bayfront will be headed to the Puuanahulu landfill during the next month, according to county, state and federal officials. The Environmental Protection Agency is working with the state Department of Health and the County of Hawaii on the cleanup of the former Hilo Gas Company property located behind the Tesoro gas station on the corner of Kamehameha Avenue and Ponahawai Street in Hilo.