May 3, 1984: Two major unions for government employees have enter the “battle on the ballot,” and are preparing to fight passage of the Hawaii County Taxpayers Association’s initiative petition. The petition seeks to reduce the real property tax rate from $8.60 per to $4 per assessed $1,000 valuation, a move that could chop up to $18 million out of Hawaii County’s operating budget. The Hawaii Government Employees Association and the United Public Workers unions announced they plan to fight the petition.
May 3, 1994: Students of the West Hawaii campus of the University of Hawaii make their concerns known to members of an accreditation team that inspected the Kealakekua campus on May 2. The three-man team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities listened as students voiced their displeasure about almost every level of school services, including course offerings, and facilities.
Students at Kealakehe Intermediate School may soon enjoy a high tech link to the rest of the world thanks in part to the efforts of Charlotte Wilson and her fellow teachers. Wilson, a sixth-grade teacher at the school, was instrumental in securing a $2.5 million grant to enhance her school’s classrooms with high tech fiber optic teaching aid.
May 3, 2004: Thousands of Japanese travelers are helping to boost visitor numbers from Japan to Hawaii after six straight years of decline during Japan’s annual Golden Week holidays, state tourism officials say. The number of visitors peaked at 2.2 million in 1997 but as declined every year since then to 1.3 million in 2003. The numbers dropped as the Japan’s “bubble” economy collapsed in the 1990s foll.owed by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks the outbreak of SARS in Asia.