Today in West Hawaii history | March 10

Editor’s note: This list of notable stories featured in West Hawaii Today throughout the years is compiled from West Hawaii Today archives. It includes historical notes from one, five, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years ago. “Today in West Hawaii history” is a daily feature of West Hawaii Today and is available only online at

March 10, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on weekends in 1984. March 10, 1984, was a Saturday.

March 10, 1994: The Ka‘u Community Development Corp., a grass roots-based organization designed to encourage local residents to get involved while promoting economic development and offering a stepping stone to county, state and federal funds, announces elections for board of directors members.

The state Supreme Court says it will consider a potentially landmark case regarding whether the protection of Native Hawaiian gathering rights on private property constitutes an unconstitutional taking. The case began when Kona residents Jerry Rothstein and Angel Pilago were denied status as interveners in a contested case hearing by the Hawaii County Planning Commission, which recommended approval of Nansay Hawaii’s proposed Kohanaiki Resort.

Mayor Stephen Yamashiro, citing able-bodied motorists using the stalls without passes, requests the Hawaii County Council committee on People with Disabilities quadruple fines for illegally parking in handicapped stall from $25 to $100.

March 10, 1999: A cruise ship company and an American shipbuilder confirm they have signed a contract to building two of the largest ships every constructed in the United States. The contract, signed by American Classic Voyages, parent company of American Hawaii Cruises, and Ingalls Shipbuilding, will be worth at least $880 million for the first two 1,900 passenger ships and could be worth as much as $1.4 billion should an option for a third ship be exercised. Officials clarify the ships will reach Hawaiian waters in 2003.

Wild turkey hunting, one of the fastest growing activities on the mainland, is benefitting tourism in Hawaii, say Jon Sabati, president of the Volcano Isle Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Todd Lum, assistant West Hawaii wildlife section coordinator for the state. Both say they’ve been fielding inquiries from interested mainlanders about turkey hunting in Hawaii. Turkey hunting, Sabati said, is a multimillion-dollar industry on the mainland.

March 10, 2004: Hawaii Superferry publicly announces its intentions to provide interisland service with two catamarans by Thanksgiving 2006. The two catamarans will be used for ferry service in the Hawaiian Islands and will be 360 feet long and be capable of carrying up to 900 passengers and 282 vehicles. One-way fare to Oahu was expected to be between $40 and $45.

Sean “Peaman” Pagett, a longtime Kona volunteer, is named the 2003 Sportsperson of the Year during the annual Big Island Athletic Awards Luncheon.

March 10, 2009: A French Polynesia company proposes running a fiber optic cable line called Honotua Cable System from Tahiti to the Big Island to establish the first subsea telecommunications services linking to countries outside French Polynesia.

March 10, 2013: Work continues to progress on the Saddle Road alignment that is expected to be complete in fall 2013. Goodfellow Bros. Inc. won the $33 million contract to pave the read, which shifts Saddle Road’s junction with Mamalahoa Highway to about mile marker 14, bringing the road about seven miles closer to Kona.