Today in West Hawaii history | June 11

June 11, 1984: The Hawaii County Taxpayers Association has drafted a letter to Hawaii County Council Chairman Stephen Yamashiro demanding the petition for tax reduction be immediately placed before the council in ordinance form. The HCTA believes the “Council has totally ignored the mandates of the County Charter,” said HCTA attorney Joseph O. Debus Sr. According to the Charter, Debus said, once the petition was certified by the county clerk, it was to go at once in ordinance form before the council.

Nearly 200 wind turbines will be churning electricity into Hawaii Electric Light Co.’s grid by summer’s end, if all goes according to schedule, says Monte Richards, manager of Kahua Ranch. The wind farm is being built at the ranch, located atop the windblown Kohala Mountain. Each of the 180 machines have a capacity of producing about 17 kilowatts when the wind is blowing at 27 mph.

June 11, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. June 11, 1994, was a Saturday.

June 11, 2004: Hawaii County officials are proposing a portion of Alii Drive be made a one-way street for three hours a day, five days a week to accommodate village merchants — and delivery truck drivers who are being ticketed for packing on the sidewalks. Proposed is for the mauka side of the road to serve as loading and unloading zones for truck drivers between 9 a.m. and noon between Hualalai Road and Kailua Pier.