Today in West Hawaii history | June 27


June 27, 1984: An early morning fire guts the Kona Coast Skin Diver shop on Palani Road, destroying $75,000 worth of inventory and doing some $100,000 damage to the building, according to estimates by the owners. Among the destroyed items destroyed were 100 scuba tanks.

June 27, 1994: An extra three numbers will be added to interisland phone calls under A new telephone-industry policy starting July 1, GTE Hawaiian Tel officials say. Just areas codes are required for calling the mainland, however, customers will now need to dial Hawaii’s 808 area code to make interisland calls.

June 27, 2004: Hope is on the horizon for Big Island teens in need of residential treatment for substance abuse. Many of them won’t have to leave their families and community to re-chart their life courses now that Oahu-based Marimed Foundation has been selected to develop an adolescent residential treatment program. In partnership with the Big Island Substance Abuse Council and the Ka Lai Waa “Makalii” voyaging program, Marimed plans to provide treatment by blending multi-ethnic practices and an “ahupuaa” concept that promotes a connection to the self through connecting with the land and sea in Waimea and Kawaihae.