Today in West Hawaii history | June 12

June 12, 1984: One soldier died and another was injured June 10 in an explosion at the Pohakuloa Training Area. The blast happened after one of the soldiers kicked or tripped over an object that exploded. Both soldiers, whose names have not been released pending notification of the next of kin, suffered critical injuries.

June 12, 1994: A series of wells, reservoirs and pipelines from Hawi to Puako is being planned to provide the dry South Kohala region with up to 20 million gallons of water a day. According to Herb Lee Jr., a community representative for the county Department of Water Supply, the system has been designed to avert a future shortage of groundwater from the Waimea aquifer. Although the Hawaii County Water Use and Development Plan says the shortage is not expected for several years, the system has been proposed now to supplement the current South Kohala water system, which Lee said is inadequate to support projected future growth as allowed by the General Plan.

June 12, 2004: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. June 12, 2004, was a Saturday.