Today in West Hawaii history | June 19

June 19, 1984: Kona Councilman William Kawahara wants to establish a committee, made up of various community sectors, to evaluate county services and operations and report its findings to the Hawaii County Council within 60 days. Kawahara’s proposal will first be reviewed by the Finance Committee.

June 19, 1994: Results of a statewide student survey focusing on drug and alcohol use are mixed, but increases appear to follow national trends. The results, released in a written executive summary after the Board of Education meeting late June 18, showed alcohol use has remained steady, but drug use has increased. The survey was administered in the fall of 1993.

June 19, 2004: Life Care Center of Kona is cited for 18 deficiencies in resident care found during an annual inspection in early May by a survey team from the Hawaii Department of Health and Human Services. The 68-page survey, which was recently made public, detailed lapses in staff treatment of residents, quality of life, environment, resident assessment, nursing services and infection control. In a May 13 article, West Hawaii Today reported that a dozen Life Care Center employees and several residents’ family members had serious concerns over many of the same issues.

A bomb threat called into the office of Island Air on June 17 turned out to be a hoax, although it caused the evacuation of an interisland flight upon landing at Kona International Airport and delayed its passengers by more than three hours. There also were brief delays in the landing and takeoff of several other aircraft as security personnel and air traffic controllers ascertained the situation.