Today in West Hawaii history | June 6

June 6, 1984: Athletes, supporters and media people spent more than $2 million during the Ironman Triathlon World Championships held in October 1983, Race Chairman Valerie Silk announces. The estimated total impact of the three-part event was $4.2 million, according to a 10-page report recently released.

Hawaii Electric Light Co. is beginning installation work on two additional 2,750 kilowatt diesel generators at the Keahole project site, and expects completion by mid-August. The additional generators will increase power reliability and alleviate troublesome voltage conditions in the Kona area, says HELCO Manager Alva Nakamura.

June 6, 1994: A $20 million training complex on the Big Island has sat idle for three years while the Army awaits the completion of an environmental impact statement. The problem could have been avoided if Army officials had addressed environmental issues before starting construction of the Multi-Purpose Range Complex at the Pohakuloa Training Area, an Army audit says. The 1,200-acre complex, which is home to several rare and endangered Hawaiian animals and plants, was completed in 1991. But under the terms of an out-0f-court settlement with the Sierra Club, the Army agreed not to use the facility until after an EIS was issued.

June 6, 2004: Hawaii County officials say federal funding for the first phase of Alii Highway won’t be lost if the Hawaii County Burial Council accepts their recommended burial treatment plan in the next couple of months. The Burial Council has 45 days to make its decision after taking up the recommended burial treatment plan for Site 2079, a Kahului lava tube. Officials have recommended moving burial remains in the lava tube found to be in the highway’s corridor to another section of lava tube that won’t be in the travel-way. If the plan is accepted, the county could put the project out to bid before the federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. The bid is necessary to encumber the federal highway funds.