Today in West Hawaii history | July 23

July 23, 1984: Mayor Herbert Matayoshi announces that Hawaii County’s negotiations for the takeover of Hilo Hospital are going well. But, Matayoshi also releases a copy of a letter he sent to state Health Director Charles Clark, with several specific requests on the conditions of a takeover. Matayoshi asked that the county not be required to take financial responsibility for bonds used to pay for construction of the new hospital facility, and that there be no rental or lease to be paid by the county to the state.

July 23, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. July 23, 1994, was a Saturday.

July 23, 2004: The number of crimes reported on the Big Island increased slightly between 2002 and 2003, but remains the lowest in the state, according to a report recently released by the state Department of the Attorney General. In 2003, the Big Island accounted for 12.4 percent of the state’s population and 10.3 percent of all crimes reported in the state.

James Hubbard, M.D., will no longer deliver babies after Aug. 1, leaving three obstetricians in the Kona community, two of whom said the loss will create longer hours at the hospital and less time in the office. Hubbard said there are many reasons for his decision to stop obstetric car, but the high cost of malpractice insurance is the main one. Hubbard says he pays about $62,000 annually for the insurance, but if he goes to gynecology alone, he will only have to pay $26,000 for $1 million in coverage.