Today in West Hawaii history | June 8

June 8 1984: Five pets from Kona Highlands have been poisoned with paraquat in the past two weeks. Three dogs from that North Kona subdivision were diagnosed this week and put to sleep. Two cats became sick May 23 and died after ingesting the odorless, tasteless herbicide. Several thousand people on the Big Island are reportedly licensed to use paraquat as a defoliant.

June 8, 1994: Queen Kaahumanu Highway will not be widened for several years because a more extensive environmental impact statement is required for the mostly federally funded project, a state transportation spokeswoman says. A four-lane, divided highway between Kailua-Kona and Keahole — identified in 1988 as a “fast-track project” — was to have been built in 1993. The state DOT now projects completion will not occur until at least the end of the century.

A federal judge rules Hawaii County cannot be held liable for abuses that allegedly took place at the privately operation Family Crisis Shelter Inc., but the lawsuit has not been dropped. U.S. District Court Judge David Ezra dismissed the county from the lawsuit filed by 17 former employees of the shelter for battered women and children. The former employees claimed discrimination and other abuses in a lawsuit filed in December against FCSI, its directors, the state Department of Human Services director, state and county. The state and its agencies, including the DHS, were dismissed from the lawsuit in late March and are in support of the plaintiffs’ attempts to secure damages.

June 8, 2004: After reviewing the administrators proposed Hawaii County General Plan for more than two years, two council members have introduced a second draft. Leningrad Elarionoff, the Kohala councilman who leads the planning committee, and Council Chairman James Arakaki of Hilo introduced the General Plan update. The bill must be approved by the councils planning committee, the full council and planning commission before finally being adopted.