Today in West Hawaii history | July 25


July 25, 1984: Megumi Kon is sworn in as Hawaii County mayor in a ceremony held at the county building and presided over by Third Circuit Court Judge Shunichi Kimura. Kon will fulfill Herbert Matayoshi’s term as mayor that expires Dec. 31. Matayoshi resigned this week and filed nomination papers to seek the First Senatorial District.

July 25, 1994: Federal Aviation Administration inspectors are due to arrive on the Big Island to review the state’s air tour industry. The review follows two tour helicopter accidents last week, including one on Kauai that killed three people. At least 14 people have died from helicopter tour crashes in Hawaii since 1991, the FAA said. The reviews goal is to check air tour companies so rules can be changed to improve safety, says the FAA.

July 25, 2004: Firefighters battled two fires yesterday at Hawaii Community Correctional Center in Hilo, which police say appear to have been intentionally set. Inmates in one building were evacuated to an outdoor recreation area when flames were discovered shortly before 3 p.m. As prisoners were being moved, another fire was reported in an adjacent building. One inmate was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation.