Today in West Hawaii history | July 28

July 28, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. July 28, 1984, was a Saturday.

July 28, 1994: A brush fire has burned more than 18,000 acres in the Pohakuloa Training Area is finally extinguished, although firefighters continue to douse hot spots and flare-ups. No injuries were reported since the fire started on July 25.

There is increasing opposition within the coffee industry to the Kona Coffee Council’s move to certify the word “Kona” in connection with Kona coffee. The council in April 1993 applies to the U.S. Patent and Trade Office to register “Kona” as a coffee certification mark. Kona Coffee Council Vice President John Langenstein says among the five companies to oppose the certification are Lion Coffee, Hawaiian Isles Distributors, and Mauna Loa Royal Kona Coffee, a C. Brewer subsidiary.

July 28, 2004: Hawaii County stands to lose $45 million in federal funding for the first phase of the proposed Alii Parkway after the Hawaii Island Burial Council voted to preserve in place remains of native Hawaiians. A motion by the council failed 5-4 to relocate an undetermined number of bones in a Kahaluu lava tube located in the path of the proposed regional roadway between Keauhou and Kailua-Kona.