Today in West Hawaii history | July 31

July 31, 1984: Third Circuit Court Judge Shunichi Kiumura sets an Aug. 17 date to rule on a motion to dismiss a civil suit aimed at keeping the Hawaii County Taxpayers Association’s initiative petition off November’s General Election ballot. Yesterday, Kimura struck down a motion for preliminary injunction barring the initiative question from the ballot.

The Paʻi Ka Pahu heiau located on a parcel in the Kinue Terrace subdivision makai of the Manago Hotel is donated to the Bishop Museum by Kealakekua Ranch. The name of the heiau means to “beat the drum.”

Rep. Andy Levin is an official resident of the state House district covering Puna and Kaʻu which he represents, according to Lt. Gov. John Waihee, the state elections officer.

July 31, 1994: Hawaii County police arrested the highest percent of criminals in the state in 1993, clearing 27.8 percent of its reported crimes, according to the latest report by the Department of the Attorney General. The clearance rate, however, was down from 30.5 percent in 1992. The overall percentage of cleared crimes in the state was 15.3 percent. Hawaii County which has 11.4 percent of the state’s population accounted for 9.4 percent of Hawaii’s total reported offenses.

July 31, 2004: About 6,000 cubic yards of nonhazardous contaminated soil dubbed “The Hilo Burrito” after being wrapped and stored in plastic at the city’s bayfront sits in the West Hawaii Sanitary Landfill in Puuanahulu. Contractors will soon dump the soil in an area called a call and cover with layers of plastic, clay and trash. The soil forms the initial layer required by the county for the landfill’s new municipal solid waste area. It consists of volatile and semi-volatile polyaromatic hydrocarbons, which are chemical compounds like naphthalene and benzopyrene. In about two years, the soil will lay about 40 to 60 feet beneath trash.