Today in West Hawaii history | July 27

July 27, 1984: The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has put $5 million in the federal budget for new structures at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The money would provide for a 22,200-square-foot office-science building, renovation of a 2,900-square-foot shop-laboratory building and for a 500-square-foot instrument room and related service facilities.

July 27, 1994: Large quantities of food left on plates at local restaurants is not being wanted. It is being fed to local animals who are, in turn, food for Big Islanders. Backyard piggeries are not usual on the Big Island, but few Big Island residents make pig farming their primary source of income. Jay Manago, of Jay’s Hog Farm and Slaughterhouse, is one of the few. He says to stay in business he has to supplement with leftovers from hotels and hospitals because of the high cost of grain in Hawaii coming from the West Coast.

For the first time, the Big Island has a woman representing Hawaii in the Mrs. America pageant, said Jasie Teves, the newly crowned Mrs. Aloha Hawaii.

July 27, 2004: Starting Aug. 16, Hawaii County will close the northbound lane of Alii Drive, between Hualalai and Palani roads, to give delivery truck drivers room to unload merchandise. The closure is temporary from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and will end Nov. 12, at the latest. In April, the Hawaii Police Department began issuing $30 citations to delivery trucks parked on sidewalks and nondelivery zones along Alii Drive.