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 westhawaiitoday.com.
March 11, 1984: West Hawaii Today did not publish on weekends in 1984. March 11, 1984, was a Sunday.
March 11, 1994: The Hawaii County Council adopts what members described as an imperfect zoning law permitting a “second dwelling unit” on residential or agricultural lots of at least 10,000 square feet to replace the county’s current “ohana law.”
The Waimea Exchange Club unveils its “Church Row” monument in Waimea. Club members raised funds, planned and built the monument which features brass plaques detailing the history of the five churches — Imiloa Congregational Church, First Baptist Church of Waimea, Kamuela Hongwanji Mission, Keolamauloa and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waimea Ward. The first church, Imiloa Congregational Church, was built in 1831.
March 11, 1999: A Big Island fruit grower tastes success after escorting 300 pounds of papaya and rambutan to Iowa for a post-harvest treatment other than radiation. With a special permit in hand, Kurtistown farmer Eric Weinert transported the fruit to Iowa State University where the nation’s lone research linear accelerator is found. The accelerator, which generates electrons with high-powered electricity in a vacuum, uses the same concept as irradiation but requires no radioactive isotopes.
March 11, 2004: Big Island police should prepare to eventually convert to marked patrol cars and revise current policies regarding subsidized vehicle allowance, according to a report by the Hawaii County Legislative Auditor.
Officials say it will be months before users will be able to enjoy the southernmost picnic area at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. That follows the area’s closure March 1 after being damaged by runoff during stormy weather.
March 11, 2009: Traffic moves smoothly through Kealakekua as motorists tested out the Mamalahoa bypass during the start of a 60-day test. The county expected the bypass’ lone southbound lane to divert about one-third of the 250 to 300 southbound vehicles off Mamalahoa Highway.
Several Big Island residents claim to have witnessed a humpback whale calf birth in waters off Kawaihae. Justin Viezbicke, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary marine conservation coordinator, said the birth of a calf has never been documented or filmed.
The state Department of Education athletic budget is projected to be cut by 50 percent, starting July 9, for the 2009-10 season. The Big Island Interscholastic Federation announces a simple solution: Divide the league’s 18 schools into east and west divisions to save on transportation costs.
March 11, 2013: Japan and Hawaii mark two years since the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.