Today in West Hawaii history | June 24


June 24, 1984: The state Board of Land and Natural Resources has set up a new Milolii Fishing Village subzone on the Big Island. The subzone, set up earlier this week, is for residents of the remote Milolii-Hoopuloa area in South Kona. Currently there are 11 residential structures on the 53-acre site. About 56 additional lots will be created through subdividing the property.

June 24, 1994: The Board of Education is “very likely” to approve a contract with the Edison Project to turn six public schools over to private control, Board Chairwoman Debi Hartmann said this week. Big Island BOE Representative Robert Fox said he would support any innovative program, as long as it is in the students’ best interest, but called Hartmann’s prediction premature. The agreement is scheduled for a vote in September with six elementary schools being under the company’s control by 1995. Which schools would join the program has not been decided.

Kona Councilman Keola Childs introduces a bill that would create separate advisory planning commissions for East and West Hawaii. He says decisions made by the current islandwide planning commission are not necessarily in the best interest of people in West Hawaii.

June 24, 2004: It’s considered one of the most significant modern sea archaeological finds, second only to the discovery of the Titanic in the Atlantic. A Japanese midget submarine discovered off Oahu in 2002 was the first enemy vessel to be shot upon by the United States, an hour and 15 minutes before the Dec. 7, 1941, aerial attack on Pearl Harbor began. The “Ward” submarine — named for the USS Ward from which the shot that sank it originated — was found by scientist with the Hawaii Undersea Research Lab in August 2002 in 1,400 feet of water, says John Wiltshire, HURL associate director, who gave a presentation to Hawaii Island residents.