Today in West Hawaii history | July 21

July 21, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. July 21, 1984, was a Saturday.

July 21, 1994: Big Island residents’ monthly electric bill may rise from the average monthly rate of $75 to $89 — a 43 percent increase since 1990 — if Hawaii Electric Light Co. gets its way. State Consumer Advocate Charles Totto said the hike is not justified. A hearing is slated before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission on July 26.

Kona Councilman Jim Rath is denied special legal representation for action against Mayor Stephen Yamashiro and his administration concerning Keauhou Sewer Lines. Rath contends Keauhou residents and businesses were not granted due process before the county turned over sewer services to Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estates earlier this year and said they should not be expected to pay higher sewer rates than others in the county.

July 21, 2004: There could soon be 40 homestead opportunities for Native Hawaiians in Kaʻu. The Hawaiian Homelands Commission recently approved a proposal by the state Department of Hawaiian Homelands to acquire improvement vacant lots in the Discovery Harbour subdivision just south of Waiohinu.