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Today in West Hawaii history | June 2


June 2, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. June 2, 1984, was a Saturday.

June 2, 1994: County operating and capital improvement budgets totaling more than $185 million are unanimously adopted by the Hawaii County Council. The council kept the same real property tax rates in adopting an amended $154.8 million operating budget for the 1994-95 fiscal year. Mayor Stephen Yamashiro had requested the homeowner rate be lowered about 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for both land and improvements.

At least two West Hawaii schools will open in September with new principals. Konawaena High and Intermediate School Principal Brian Nakashima announced this week he will take a one-year sabbatical to complete a doctorate of education degree but plans to reclaim his position the following academic year. Clarence Mills, principal at Paailo Elementary and Middle School, is vacating that position to take over as West Hawaii’s deputy supervisor. Current deputy Pat Bergin is moving to Hilo as district supervisor.

June 2, 2004: Mayor Harry Kim announces he will seek re-election in the fall. Though when elected into office in 2000 he said he planned to serve just one term, Kim said he opted for a second term to complete unfinished projects.