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 16, 1984: The $7.2 million extension of Queen Kaahumanu Highway between Palani Road and the Kilohana subdivision is dedicated and blessed. The road, 3.4 miles in length, took two years to build with the hope of relieving traffic congestion.
March 16, 1994: Winds gusting more than 80 mph whipped parts of North and South Kohala forcing some families to evacuate Kohala Estates, as it ripped off roofs, toppled utility poles, and closed beaches and roads.
March 16, 1999: Just south of Hawi along the makai side of the highway there are a number of trees catching the eye of passing motorists, including the Kigelia pinnata, better known as the sausage tree. The inedible fruits can grow up to 15 pounds.
Amid the search for a new Hawaii County Department of Public Works chief engineer, mayor Stephen Yamashiro says a council member’s call to fill the vacant positions should be accompanied by a pay raise for the position.
March 16, 2004: A winter storm that stalled over North Hawaii earlier in the week destroyed tens of thousands of dollars of computer equipment at Kanu O Ka Aina Charter School’s Opelu Road campus. Spring break also started early because of needed clean-up and repair. Water a service continues to be restored, however, county officials estimate it will take about a week to replace a water main pipe damaged by water and debris.
March 16, 2009: More than 50 Hawaii County firefighters get a refresher course on extrication during a four-hour class held at Auto Body Hawaii. The seminar provided information on how to work with newer vehicles on the roads.
March 16, 2013: A task force conducted a warrant sweep in Kona this week that resulted in the arrests of 32 people.
Keauhou mauka resident Joy Holland is the new executive director at the Kona Historical Society following the retirement of Jill Olson.