Today in West Hawaii history | March 12

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 12, 1984: Six-year-old Kealoha Kahele, a first-grader at Hookena Elementary School, may be the first blind student to enter the Lions Club annual Poster Contest. The theme for 1984 was “Sight is Precious.” Kealoha Brailled his poster entry and accompanied it with a drawing of a bird, like a dove, colored orange.

March 12, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on Saturdays in 1994. March 12, 1994, was a Saturday.

March 12, 1999: The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a request by Hawaii Electric Light Co. to reconsider the return for further review of the proposed Keahole Generating Station’s clean air permit. HELCO opponents say if the denial stands, it could delay the 58-megawatt expansion for years.

Despite more than 100 known shark attacks in the Hawaiian Islands since 1900, the Big Island has yet to record a single confirmed fatality caused by a shark this century.

The mayor has submitted two budgets totaling $238 million to the Hawaii County Council for approval.

March 12, 2004: Students from Kealakehe and Waiakea intermediate schools will compete at the state level of the Math Counts competition after earning placing second and first, respectively, at the Math Counts Hawaii Island event.

March 12, 2009: Hawaii County Councilman Dominic Yagong says Mayor Billy Kenoi’s proposed budget for 2009-10 needs considerable tightening. That follows a letter sent by the councilman to Kenoi suggesting the administration take a harder stance with the proposed budget by considering a plethora of cost-saving measures, across-the-board pay cuts, a $1 one-way fee for mass transit riders and prohibiting county employees from taking home county fleet vehicles. Yagong also says Kenoi’s plans to sell 3,400 acres in Hamakua to raise $8.2 million were a bad idea.

Officials are working to postpone the scheduled June 2 closing of the Kawaihae Transitional Housing Program because the planned Kaloko Housing Project is not scheduled to open until late 2009.

March 12, 2013: Allowing Hawaii residents who earn up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level to return to the state’s Medicaid program could save more than $20 million in health care costs, health care providers tell the state Senate’s Health and Commerce and Consumer Protection committees during a hearing held on the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Chef Philip “Ippy” Aiona opens The Three Fat Pigs and The Thirsty Wolf in Waikoloa following his appearance on Food Network Star.